MacDill provides resilience education during enlisted summit

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  • By Airman 1st Class Zachary Foster
  • 6th Air Refueling Wing, Public Affairs

For the first time in MacDill’s history, the 6th Air Refueling Wing held an enlisted summit, Oct. 18, 2022.

The summit provided enlisted members across the installation with resiliency training centered around promoting a healthy work environment.

The event included a variety of guest speakers including Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Joanne S. Bass who attended the event virtually. The speakers provided insight on maintaining a healthy work-life balance for enlisted members, noting the value of dividing up duties and tasks appropriately.

“I cannot be every player in every situation,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Demetrius Booth, 14th Security Forces Squadron senior enlisted advisor. “I tell them, ‘here's what the acceptable culture is.’ Read and understand, take notes, and be able to communicate and articulate that.”

The Air Force has devoted it’s resilience training initiative to creating a community that thrives in the face of adversity.

Keynote speaker Anthony Brinkley, Air Force retiree and resilience trainer, focused on the influence that personal stability can have on the workplace. Brinkley insisted improving work-life balance can have profound effects on daily workplace activities.

“Work hard to improve, not to prove,” said Brinkley. “Better yourself for yourself, not to prove your worth to anyone else.”

Air Force Col. Adam Bingham, 6th Air Refueling Wing commander, concluded the event with a challenge for all enlisted leadership.

“Look back on your career,” Bingham said. “Whether it’s been five, ten, fifteen years, if we’re being honest with each other, we’d all realize that someone made all the difference for us. So go out and be all the difference for someone else.”

The enlisted summit reflects the 6th ARW’s commitment towards empowering enlisted members and providing them with the tools to succeed.