New position aimed at developing a resilient workforce
By Jill Pickett, AEDC/PA
/ Published August 05, 2019
ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. -- Arnold Air Force Base will be increasing efforts to create and maintain a positive work environment.
Lee Smith, previously the Installation Emergency Manager, has been named to the new full-time position of Community Support Coordinator and Violence Prevention Integrator.
“Along with the workload increasing, we want to increase our focus on the people who are going to accomplish the mission,” Smith said. “This is one of the programs that our leadership can use as a good gauge.”
The Community Support Coordinator role was created by the Air Force in 2012 to focus on resiliency.
The Comprehensive Airman Fitness program is the primary tool to building a more resilient workforce. The CAF program has four domains of fitness – mental, physical, social and spiritual.
The office will also focus on suicide prevention and awareness, sexual assault, domestic violence, and alcohol and substance abuse.
Smith said courses will shift from Wing-wide events to targeted trainings for individual organizations at Arnold based on their input. Also, training will begin as part of in-processing for Airman and DOD civilians when they begin at Arnold.
“Now that we have this position here, part of the in-processing will be a briefing on resilience and bystander awareness,” Smith said. “So that when you’re first on base, within the first couple weeks of your employment, we want to have that opportunity to sit down in small groups with all the new hires and talk about some of the things we want to reinforce on this base.”
He plans to be proactive in connecting with the workforce.
“What I want to do is get out there and talk to folks,” Smith said. “Let them see me. Talk to them about what the program is and let them know how I can assist them.
“If they’re having issues then they can come talk to me; I can meet them; and hopefully get things going in a direction that makes them feel happy to come to work.”