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Navigating the storm: Servicemembers get equipped with stress management techniques

  • Published
  • By Jonathan Cotto
  • 37th Training Wing Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- In the demanding world of military service, stress is an ever-present companion.  Recognizing the crucial need for effective stress management, EVENPULSE, a company specializing in stress reduction techniques, visited servicemembers assigned to the 341st Training Squadron.

Servicemembers received a holistic approach to stress management. The training aimed to empower the service men and women in attendance with a diverse set of techniques to navigate stress and optimize performance even in high-stress situations.

Maj. Jordan Criss, 341st TRS commander says he’s attended and hosted this training at two of his previous units.

“Once while I was the operations officer for the 9 SFS at Beale and once as the Commander at the 325 SFS [Security Forces Squadron] at Tyndall,” Criss said.

The commander says this training is beneficial at all stages of trauma to include skills and strategies to prepare for high stress environments but to also thrive during a traumatic event and afterwards.

“The skills that I have been taught during these training seminars have helped me better manage the relationship within myself while stressed,” Criss said.

Airman, Marines, Soldiers and Sailors were introduced to mindfulness practices, designed to enhance focus, and maintain composure during stressful situations. Breathing exercises, proven to reduce stress and anxiety, were also a key component of the training.

Highlighting the practicality and immediate applicability of the training and education company’s techniques Criss says he was provided with the ability to understand the physiological impacts of stressful events and the lingering effects of trauma unmanaged.

“The training also gave me the indispensable tools I needed for myself and the leaders within my organizations so we can overcome those obstacles as a team,” Criss said.

In an ever-evolving environment, Air Force leadership is ensuring their personnel are equipped not only with the skills to excel in their duties but also with the tools to maintain their mental and emotional well-being.

“I highly recommend this training for military members and their spouses. This training made me a better leader, but also a better husband and father,” Criss said. “The training gave me a healthy perspective about being deliberate in my attention towards my duties and family. They both deserve the best version of myself, and this training helped me understand what that looked like and how to get there.”