First Graduates of New Resilience Training Course

Nearly 80 students recently graduated from Air Mobility Command’s first-ever master resilience instructor course. The 10-day course, taught at the Air Force Expeditionary Center at JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., is part of AMC’s efforts under its 2012 resilience strategy to build a command of “fit and resilient” airmen, families, and civilian personnel capable of coping effectively with adversity and challenges, according to a Sept. 5 McGuire release. The MRIC includes a week of resilience skills training followed by teach-back training. When graduates leave the center, they will not only take away their newly acquired skills, but also “have gotten a good way-ahead” for how they will teach them as master resilience instructors at their home stations, said TSgt. Chris Kissam, MRIC director. The next course that starts in mid September will be open not only to AMC personnel, but also have students from across the Air Force, as the goal is to spread the knowledge across the service. “The intent is to change the entire culture of the Air Force,” said Maj. Robert Sugg, MRIC course director. (McGuire report by Capt. Sybil Taunton)