42nd ABW to open resiliency center



by Donovan Jackson
42nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs


4/18/2014 - MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. - -- The 42nd Air Base Wing Chapel will host a ribbon cutting April 25 for the new Airmen Resiliency Center.

The center, located on Maxwell Boulevard, will focus on Air Force core values while also aiming to build on the foundations of spiritual resiliency.

"Resiliency is indicative of holistic health integrated across all the Comprehensive Airman Fitness domains," said Chap. (Maj.) Travis Yelton, wing chaplain.

The domains are the mental, physical, social and spiritual aspects of an Airman's military life, he said.

According to Yelton, the center will house many activities aimed at building resiliency. For example, the chaplain assistants, the Junior Enlisted Advisory Council, the First Four and volunteer managers from the dorms have collaborated on potential activities geared toward single Airmen.

Some amenities Airmen can look forward to include a theater room with large leather recliners, an electronic game room with back-to-back seating and multiple wall-mounted monitors, a full kitchen, wireless Internet access and an outdoor grill and pool table.

Yelton said that there will be more activities coming to the center in the future.

"These ideas include pick-up games like ultimate Frisbee, soccer and flag football. All of these physical activities would take place in Freedom Park, right beside the center," he said.

Although the center will have plenty of fun activities for Airmen to engage in, Yelton said that the main goal of the building will be to solidify resiliency in Airmen.

"Resiliency skill sets are helpful in coping with life both inside and outside of the Air Force," said Yelton. "When these types of activities are assimilated into everyday Air Force culture, the desired skill sets will be present in the workplace. The Airmen Resiliency Center will be a place for those activities."