By Steve Kotecki
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The 50th Space Wing held a resiliency stand-down to promote mental health March 22.
Schriever Airmen gathered at the fitness center to hear Col. Jennifer Grant, 50th Space Wing commander, and members of the U.S. Air Force Academy Equestrian Center Remount Foundation speak about the importance of maintaining a healthy mental balance and highlight available helping resources.
“We talk a lot about being a family here at the 50th and talk a lot about being a family across this installation and the key word moniker for that is one team,” Grant said. “That’s what today’s about.”
As part of the formal presentation Capt. Lauren Hughes, 50th Space Wing chaplain, shared her testimony about overcoming personal hardship.
Using the religious support system afforded to her she was able to work through it.
“I was in a really dark place, and it was only through the grace of God that I was able to come out of it,” she said.
Hughes reiterated the need to talk to someone if help is needed.
Members from the Remount Foundation spoke about the importance of mental health and made Airmen aware of their program, which includes more than 1,000 acres for trail riding and access to Pike National Forest.
It’s based on the philosophy of Winston Churchill, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” The program is designed to help service members in need by getting them out and active with horses.
“These animals can sense brokenness,” said Jeanne Springer, Remount Foundation co-founder and program director. “They can sense the injury.”
The chaplain’s office and crisis counselors from several different agencies were also on hand to provide any needed support to Airmen who might be going through tough times.
After the stand-down briefing, Airmen were released to their units for individual unit resilience activities.
The stand-down was organized and scheduled by a group selected by Chief Master Sgt. Boston Alexander, 50th SW command chief.
They are as follows:
• Capt. Tommy Taylor, 50th Operations Support Squadron
• Capt. Lauren Hughes, 50th Space Wing Chaplain’s Office
• 1st Lt. Rahni Moon, 50th Space Wing
• Master Sgt. Michael Plemins, 50th Space Wing Protocol Office
• Tech. Sgt. Alayna Deherrara, 50th Space Wing
• Tech. Sgt. Brandon Council, 50th Contracting Squadron
• Staff Sgt. Lee Rimell, 50th Space Wing
The next resiliency stand down is tentatively scheduled for April 22.
If you are needing help the following agencies are available to help Airmen:
• National Suicide Prevention Hotline
• Mental Health Office
• Chaplain Corps
• Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
• Family Advocacy Program
• Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate
• Military Family Life Counselor
• Airman and Family Readiness Center
Call 719-567-HELP for assistance.