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Missouri Airmen conduct a Resilience Tactical Pause

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Andrea Ramirez, with the 139th Maintenance Group, Missouri Air National Guard, listens during an all-hands call for the Resilence Tactical Pause, at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, in St. Joseph, Missouri, Nov. 5, 2019. The Resilence Tactical Pause was mandated by Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein to provide an opportunity for leaders to start a meaningful dialogue with Airmen about personal resiliency and suicide prevention.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Patrick Evenson)

Missouri Airmen conduct a Resilience Tactical Pause

U.S. Airmen with the 139th Airlift Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, gather in the Newlon Hangar for an all-hands call during the Resilence Tactical Pause, at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, in St. Joseph, Missouri, Nov. 5, 2019. The Resilence Tactical Pause was mandated by Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein to provide an opportunity for leaders to start a meaningful dialogue with Airmen about personal resiliency and suicide prevention.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Patrick Evenson)

Missouri Airmen conduct a Resilience Tactical Pause

U.S. Airmen with the 139th Airlift Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, gather in the Newlon Hangar for an all-hands call during the Resilence Tactical Pause, at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, in St. Joseph, Missouri, Nov. 5, 2019. The Resilence Tactical Pause was mandated by Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein to provide an opportunity for leaders to start a meaningful dialogue with Airmen about personal resiliency and suicide prevention.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Patrick Evenson)

Missouri Airmen conduct a Resilience Tactical Pause

U.S. Airmen with the Air Terminal Operations shop, 139th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Missouri Air National Guard, hold a potluck lunch, as part of the Resilence Tactical Pause, at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, in St. Joseph, Missouri, Nov. 5, 2019. The Resilence Tactical Pause was mandated by Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein to provide an opportunity for leaders to start a meaningful dialogue with Airmen about personal resiliency and suicide prevention. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Andrew Rivera)

Missouri Airmen conduct a Resilience Tactical Pause

U.S. Air Force Col. Ed Black, left, commander of the 139th Airlift Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, speaks to Airmen at an all-hands call during the Resilence Tactical Pause, at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, in St. Joseph, Missouri, Nov. 5, 2019. The Resilence Tactical Pause was mandated by Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein to provide an opportunity for leaders to start a meaningful dialogue with Airmen about personal resiliency and suicide prevention. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Andrew Rivera)

Missouri Airmen conduct a Resilience Tactical Pause

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Bruce Jenkins, assigned to the 139th Airlift Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, participates in an exercise during an all-hands call for the Resilence Tactical Pause, at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, in St. Joseph, Missouri, Nov. 5, 2019. The Resilence Tactical Pause was mandated by Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein to provide an opportunity for leaders to start a meaningful dialogue with Airmen about personal resiliency and suicide prevention.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Andrew Rivera)

Missouri Airmen conduct a Resilience Tactical Pause

U.S. Airmen with the 139th Airlift Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, hold a potluck lunch, as part of the Resilence Tactical Pause, at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, in St. Joseph, Missouri, Nov. 5, 2019. The Resilence Tactical Pause was mandated by Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein to provide an opportunity for leaders to start a meaningful dialogue with Airmen about personal resiliency and suicide prevention. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Sean Navarro)

Missouri Airmen conduct a Resilience Tactical Pause

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Bryon Kern, assigned to the 139th Civil Engineering Squadron, Missouri Air National Guard, serves himself food, during a potluck lunch, as part of the Resilence Tactical Pause, at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, in St. Joseph, Missouri, Nov. 5, 2019. The Resilence Tactical Pause was mandated by Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein to provide an opportunity for leaders to start a meaningful dialogue with Airmen about personal resiliency and suicide prevention. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Audrey Chappell)

Missouri Airmen conduct a Resilience Tactical Pause

Ryan J. Kaufman, a guest speaker, talks at an all-hands call during the Resilence Tactical Pause, at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, in St. Joseph, Missouri, Nov. 5, 2019. Kaufman is a U.S. Army veteran and Intentional Peer Support and Wellness Specialist. The Resilence Tactical Pause was mandated by Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein to provide an opportunity for leaders to start a meaningful dialogue with Airmen about personal resiliency and suicide prevention. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Patrick Evenson)

Missouri Airmen conduct a Resilience Tactical Pause
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Ryan J. Kaufman, a guest speaker, talks at an all-hands call during the Resilence Tactical Pause, at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, in St. Joseph, Missouri, Nov. 5, 2019. Kaufman is a U.S. Army veteran and Intentional Peer Support and Wellness Specialist. The Resilence Tactical Pause was mandated by Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein to provide an opportunity for leaders to start a meaningful dialogue with Airmen about personal resiliency and suicide prevention. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Patrick Evenson)

ROSECRANS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mo. --

The 139th Airlift Wing took a wing-wide tactical pause on Nov. 5 to check on our Airmen and ask the question, “How are you doing?”

Many times, the response we hear is “I’m fine,” but on this day, wing leadership took the time to encourage people to answer the question honestly and to provide tools to be more effective wingmen.

The day began with commanders speaking about the importance of taking a step back and directly addressing the issue of suicide. Although the topic of suicide is often uncomfortable to discuss, this conversation opened the door to talk about tools that can be used to help each other, as well as incorporating resiliency as a part of everyday life.

The day continued with luncheons that allowed Airmen to build camaraderie, and concluded with an all-hands call formation with Col. Ed Black, 139th wing commander. Black facilitated a conversation that helped wing members see similarities in their lives.

“We all experience both suffering and hope,” Black said. “They are part of the human experience, and they can enter your life at any time. You are not alone, even when you feel hopeless. You have a whole wing of people who are here for you, so reach out.”

If you are in crisis, call the Veterans/Military Crisis Line (dial 1-800-273-8255 and press 1) to speak with a confidential counselor that can help or call 911.

If you are struggling and need some help, local and national resources are available to help:

  • Local: The 139th resiliency center has confidential resources for psychological health (Dr. Phil Pringle, 816-236-3356), sexual assault (139th SARC, 816-236-3371), financial counseling (Randy Gerard, 816-236-3939), family readiness (Airman and family readiness assistant, 816-236-3219) and chaplain services (816-236-3175).
  • National: MilitaryOneSource.mil provides similar counseling services and resources. It is available 24/7 to service members and their families still serving, as well as veterans and their families who have separated in the last 365 days.