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ACC exemplifies resilience during walk

1st Lt. Osvaldo J. Rivera Santos, Air Combat Command Cyber Operations Division deputy flight commander, laughs after a resiliency walk on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 25, 2019. General Mike Holmes, commander of ACC, led the event to give staff members an opportunity to connect with their coworkers outside of the office. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Wilson)

1st Lt. Osvaldo J. Rivera Santos, Air Combat Command Cyber Operations Division deputy flight commander, laughs after a resiliency walk on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 25, 2019. General Mike Holmes, commander of ACC, led the event to give staff members an opportunity to connect with their coworkers outside of the office. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Wilson)

Chief Master Sgt. Charlie Anderson, Air Combat Command Heritage of America Band superintendent, smiles after a resiliency walk on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 25, 2019. The resiliency walk was organized as part of the commander of ACC’s initiative to provide staff members with an opportunity to move, nourish refresh and connect during the duty day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Wilson)

Chief Master Sgt. Charlie Anderson, Air Combat Command Heritage of America Band superintendent, smiles after a resiliency walk on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 25, 2019. The resiliency walk was organized as part of the commander of ACC’s initiative to provide staff members with an opportunity to move, nourish refresh and connect during the duty day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Wilson)

General Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, speaks during an ACC quarterly award ceremony at Memorial Park on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 25, 2019. The ceremony took place after a resiliency walk, which gave senior leaders an opportunity to build rapport with their Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Wilson)

General Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, speaks during an ACC quarterly award ceremony at Memorial Park on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 25, 2019. The ceremony took place after a resiliency walk, which gave senior leaders an opportunity to build rapport with their Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Wilson)

CMSgt Marion Fletcher, Air Combat Command superintendent of A3, Directorate of Air and Space Operations, converses with a colleague after a resiliency walk on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 25, 2019. The resiliency walk was organized as part of the commander of ACC’s initiative to provide staff members with an opportunity to move, nourish refresh and connect during the duty day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Wilson)

CMSgt Marion Fletcher, Air Combat Command superintendent of A3, Directorate of Air and Space Operations, converses with a colleague after a resiliency walk on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 25, 2019. The resiliency walk was organized as part of the commander of ACC’s initiative to provide staff members with an opportunity to move, nourish refresh and connect during the duty day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Wilson)

Chief Master Sgt. David Wade, command chief of ACC, gives a speech during an ACC quarterly award ceremony at Memorial Park on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 25, 2019. In addition to the ceremony, General Mike Holmes, commander of ACC, also led a resiliency walk during the day’s events. The walk gave staff members the opportunity to connect with their coworkers outside of the office. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Wilson)

Chief Master Sgt. David Wade, command chief of ACC, gives a speech during an ACC quarterly award ceremony at Memorial Park on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 25, 2019. In addition to the ceremony, General Mike Holmes, commander of ACC, also led a resiliency walk during the day’s events. The walk gave staff members the opportunity to connect with their coworkers outside of the office. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Wilson)

Col. Ronald Cheatham, Air Combat Command director of manpower, personnel and services, laughs with a colleague after a resiliency walk on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 25, 2019. The commander of ACC directed all of his staff members to get out of the office, move and connect as part of an effort to improve morale and sharpen resilience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Wilson)

Col. Ronald Cheatham, Air Combat Command director of manpower, personnel and services, laughs with a colleague after a resiliency walk on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 25, 2019. The commander of ACC directed all of his staff members to get out of the office, move and connect as part of an effort to improve morale and sharpen resilience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Wilson)

Col. Steven Cabosky, Air Combat Command weather requirements division chief, smiles after a resiliency walk on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 25, 2019. As part of an effort to boost morale, the resiliency walk also gave senior leaders an opportunity to build camaraderie with their Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Wilson)

Col. Steven Cabosky, Air Combat Command weather requirements division chief, smiles after a resiliency walk on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 25, 2019. As part of an effort to boost morale, the resiliency walk also gave senior leaders an opportunity to build camaraderie with their Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Wilson)

Chief Master Sgt. David Wade, command chief of Air Combat Command, shares his thoughts during an ACC quarterly award ceremony at Memorial Park on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 25, 2019. Prior to the ceremony, the commander of ACC also directed his staff members to get out of the office, move and connect as part of an effort to improve morale and sharpen resilience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Wilson)

Chief Master Sgt. David Wade, command chief of Air Combat Command, shares his thoughts during an ACC quarterly award ceremony at Memorial Park on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 25, 2019. Prior to the ceremony, the commander of ACC also directed his staff members to get out of the office, move and connect as part of an effort to improve morale and sharpen resilience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Wilson)

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va --

Throughout his tenure at Air Combat Command, General Mike Holmes, commander of ACC, has emphasized the importance of not only being physically fit, but also being mentally fit and resilient.

As part of this initiative, Holmes led a “resiliency walk” for uniformed and civilian Airmen on the ACC staff here, Oct. 25.

“There is no designated course, length of walk or pace,” said Col. David Chace, ACC director of staff. “We are not requiring any specific discussion topics.  It is an opportunity for your Directorate to get out of the office, move and connect.”

Although a muggy, gloomy appearance saturated the afternoon sky, ACC staff members eagerly left their work centers to stroll outside and converse in a venue other than indoors.

“We know that there are a lot of challenges that we face in the Air Force, that we face in our units and that we face as individuals in this life,” Holmes said. “It’s important to take a moment and get out of the office and walk around with your folks.”

An environment other than behind a computer may also give Airmen an opportunity to decompress and think about something other than work.

“It clears your head,” said Sara Holmes, General Holmes’ wife. “You get a little exercise and chance to talk.”

In addition to providing an opportunity to unwind from the office, the resiliency walk also gives senior leaders and supervisors a chance to build relationships with Airmen.

“Check in on your people,” said Chief Master Sgt. David Wade, command chief of ACC. “Make sure they know you care. And especially, take time for yourself and your family.”

Holmes concluded the resiliency walk with a quarterly awards ceremony at Langley’s Memorial Air Park. As ACC’s quarterly awards ceremonies are typically designed during banquets, command staff members wanted to try something different this quarter.

“We are breaking away from the longer lunch format and award script of the past to a shorter ceremony that enables greater participation and recognition of our teammates,” Chace said.

Holmes also thanked his staff for all they do for Airmen and families of ACC.

“We asked you to come in small groups today on purpose,” Holmes said. “In your small teams is where you talk about what we believe in and what we care about.

“I’m proud to be a part of your team,” Holmes continued. “As we go forward, it’s up to us to make the command the place that we want it to be and to help all of us live up to the things we aspire to be.”