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Welcome to the Airmen Support Team!

Our motto is “Hic Manebimus Optime” (Here we will stay.)

The Airmen Support Team (AST) leverages existing efforts across the DoD to create the AST baseline program, flexible enough to serve the full range of missions and organizations in the Air Force. The AST is designed to provide peer-to-peer support and engage individuals with shared perspectives by fostering safe spaces for connection. Please view this video for a great overview of the program.

 

Once you decided you would like to create an AST in your unit, it takes approximately 9 weeks to onboard a unit program manager, recruit/onboard volunteers, and complete their baseline training. For more information please visit one of the links below.

If you have an existing program or initiative that could benefit from limited confidentiality, please contact our team to be connected with our crosstalk. We would like to ensure our baseline program is suitable to all existing best practices that use peer-to-peer support for topics and traumas other than sexual assault. Our team is centrally drafting legislation for limited confidentiality to protect Airman Support Teams across the Air Force, which could include your existing initiative.

Topical toolkits are also in development to facilitate event-based referrals and provide resources to ASTs. If you would like to help design toolkits, please reach out to the Development Team (366MXS.CSS.AmnSupportTeam@us.af.mil).

 

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About The Initiative

The AST model connects best practices from across the Air Force. The intent of this program is not to replace the best practice efforts that are underway across the DoD. This program is meant to provide a common structure that will provide a tether for legislative action to grant similar limited confidentiality that is available to Victim Advocates for sexual assault. The legislation will protect existing and future initiatives that meet baseline program requirements.

Airman support teams are peer-to-peer volunteer programs with direct access to command teams, first sergeants, and formal base resources.

The goal is three fold: to combat stigma, decrease barriers, and get left of bang.

Combat Stigma: Break stigmas associated with diversity, inclusion and mental health by leveraging a team of trained squadron ambassadors with shared perspectives.

Decrease Barriers: AST Members are more accessible to Airmen of all ranks and help build proactive relationships based on trust and credibility.

Get Left of Bang: Encouraging dialogue, building coping skills, acknowledging resiliency issues, and building knowledge of formal resources before acute mental health symptoms develop.

This is done by cultivating trust, establishing credibility and providing tools to ensure ASTs are a bridge to formal resources that are available to support the member.

Trust: Volunteers are selected and vetted by the command team. Limited confidentiality will provide the level of trust needed to create safe spaces our Airmen need for traumas other than sexual assault.

Credibility: On boarded by groundbreaking curriculum and given extensive knowledge of and access to formal resources.

Tools: Armed with toolkits and conversation guides along with direct access to their First Sergeant and AST Program Manager.

 

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Upcoming Q&A Sessions

We hold monthly Q&A sessions via ZoomGov so that anyone can learn more about what the AST is about. Please see below for upcoming dates and times

February Q&A

Time: Feb 26, 2021 09:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Meeting ID: 945 7432 5970

Passcode: Contact the AST Dev Hub for the passcode at 366MXS.CSS.AmnSupportTeam@us.af.mil

March Q&A

Time: Mar 25, 2021 03:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Meeting ID: 160 020 9609

Passcode: Contact the AST Dev Hub for the passcode at 366MXS.CSS.AmnSupportTeam@us.af.mil

April Q&A

Time: Apr 29, 2021 01:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Meeting ID: 160 790 7054

Passcode: Contact the AST Dev Hub for the passcode at 366MXS.CSS.AmnSupportTeam@us.af.mil

 

 

If you are unable to attend but would like to have your question answered, please contact the Development Hub at 366MXS.CSS.AmnSupportTeam@us.af.mil

 

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CONTACT US

The current members of the Development Hub are:

2Lt Amanda Eberle amanda.eberle.1@us.af.mil

MSgt Philip Heins philip.heins@us.af.mil (DSN 728-1197 / Comm (208) 828-1197)

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