ACC Bridge connects Airmen worldwide

In August 2019, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein directed a resilience tactical pause, or RTP, in response to a spike in suicides. Before the year’s end, headquarters Air Force developed an RTP Playbook with ideas and information to help leaders build stronger connections and support networks across units and installations.

Acting on feedback that bubbled up from RTP discussions, Air Combat Command’s Directorate of Manpower, Personnel and Services, or A1, partnered with a public affairs team to develop a new website exclusively focused on resources that will build resiliency, improve diversity and prevent violence. They chose to call it The Bridge because it will connect ACC leaders, supervisors, teammates and families when actively used.

The Bridge contains quick links to Air Force and DoD resilience and prevention-focused programs, plus reference materials and senior leader perspectives grouped into three core resource areas: equip, engage, empower.

“We want leaders and teammates in every corner of ACC to navigate the site and find inspiration for specific issues that could dilute human potential and effectiveness,” said Col. Ronald E. Cheatham, ACC A1 director of Manpower, Personnel and Services. “This web-based platform is a gateway for our geographically-separated teammates to build connections with their larger ACC family no matter where they live or work.”

The A1 Integrated Community Services Division, led by Mrs. Sara Wilson, strives to make valuable resources accessible to all, and flexible enough to work in any environment. Their goal is to ensure the right kinds of support get channeled to people when and where they need it.

“Data collected through formal surveys and community action crosstalk sessions remind us that effective units make resilience part of their regular unit battle rhythms,” Wilson said. “Anyone that needs a helping hand or dose of inspiration will find plenty of it on The Bridge.

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