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920th Community Action Network enhances Rescue Airmen resiliency

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  • By Staff Sgt. Darius Sostre-Miroir, 920th Rescue Wing Public Affairs

When Airmen need support there are a number of avenues they can take but the 920th Rescue Wing's Community Action Network presents them with one that identifies, assesses, and prioritizes the needs of Rescue Airmen by implementing a community action plan that provides Airmen access to necessary tools and resources.

The overall goal of the CAN is to educate, equip, and create accessible comprehensive fitness resources to all 920th RQW Airmen and their families. It helps to build a strong foundation of resiliency and reinforces the mental, physical, social, and spiritual pillars of Airmen before, during, and after they conduct combat search and rescue missions.

“There are three components to a heathy Airman: the mind, the body, and the soul. In our soul component we have faith, which is paramount to completing the mission. Airmen must remember their faith, especially in times of war because that's when it is most important to them. As a chaplain, I have the amazing opportunity to help guide and support them as they practice and reaffirm their faith,” said Lt. Col. Andre Mooney, 920th RQW chaplain.

Alongside the chaplain, the CAN is comprised of representatives from several additional agencies from around the wing including the Equal Opportunity Office, Airman & Family Readiness, first sergeants, Psychological Health, and Diversity and Inclusion. They collaborate to provide effective resources to Airmen and their families.

Resources provide various networks and connections with Airmen who can help and assist in, workplace discrepancies or complaints, sexual harassment or biased treatment, spiritual guidance and assist requests, and any psychological or mental health issue. 

All agencies within the CAN act as a first line of defense for whenever issues arise in any area of life. These tools help to increase healthy behavior and provide ways to reduce damaging behaviors while internalizing the Air Force core values.

“There was a member from another base who needed an assist with domestic violence. We worked together with our First Sergeant and the CAN and was able to provide resources so that the issue could be resolved so that she and her child could get to safety. The more eyes on the issue, the more opportunity and support our Airmen can get,” said Mooney.

The CAN not only provides an expansive and effective list of agencies who are dedicated to collaborate with Airmen in need, but the chaplains also provide confidentiality. There are no exceptions to Rule 503 of the Military Rules of Evidence, which states communications made as a formal act of religion or as a matter of conscience to either a chaplain or a chaplain assistant while serving in the capacity of spiritual advisor are considered confidential and are not to be shared with third parties.

“Resiliency is the foot stomping premise of everything that we do. We have to ensure that we remain healthy in our mind, body, and spirit so that we can provide health and assistance to our airmen downrange. If we can get the soul of the individual to remain healthy and strong then the mental and the physical follow suit,” said Mooney.

The CAN empowers Airmen to remain resilient in all forms of adversity at home and abroad. In turn, the Airmen of the 920th RQW can successfully continue to execute the wing’s mission to plan, lead and conduct military rescue operations while denying competitors and adversaries exploitation of isolated personnel.