Fostering an environment of trust
By Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell, 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 03, 2016
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- The Fairchild chapel team's mission is to "refuel the spirit of those who refuel the flight." They accomplish that mission by offering many programs that aid in the spiritual growth of Airmen.
One of the opportunities Airmen regularly take part in is the chapel's resilience program.
The program takes Airmen on trips to participate in activities such as white water rafting, rock climbing and zip lining. The focus of these trips is to foster an environment of trust with other Airmen and optimize readiness when faced with uncertainty and stress throughout their lives.
"We are trying to help our Airmen bounce back from life's stressors," said Capt. Aaron Klaves, 92nd Mission Support Group chaplain. "It's how Airmen deal with those stressors that defines how resilient they can be."
The chapel is here as a resource to help all Airmen regardless of religious background. Many of their programs focus primarily on the area of resilience, however, the trips they offer can help with any of the different Air Force wellness pillars.
"The recent rafting trip got us outside; for many that's a way to recharge their spiritual batteries," said Klaves. "When there are stressors that happen at home, or in the work place, your chances of popping back can be significantly improved if you give yourself an opportunity to charge the spiritual pillar."
The chapel did not always receive funding for its resiliency programs. The Air Force has recently made funds available. This allows for more trips to be provided to Airmen at zero cost.
"In the past, a lot of our programs were internally funded. On Sunday, we would have an offering and that money would go into an events account," said Capt. Jeffery McMillen, 92nd Air Refueling Wing chaplain. "Many times, our programs where 100 percent funded by the tides and offerings fund."
The increase in funding has allowed the chapel to provide four additional events servicing over 100 Airmen.
"The recent zip lining trip pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me conquer my fear of heights," said Senior Airmen Andres Zambrano, 92nd Maintenance Group Commander Support Staff. "It was one of the best trips I've ever been on."
For more information on programs the chapel provides call 509-247-2264.