Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol’s Five Pillars of Wellness and Resilience Brings Members Together

5 Pillars Training

Sept 17, 2018
Civil Air Patrol’s Five Pillars of Wellness and Resilience Brings Members Together

by SMSgt Cory Felts

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.

Members of six Civil Air Patrol (CAP) units from across Kentucky came together to participate in the Five Pillars of Wellness and Resilience course at Kentucky Group II Headquarters in Bowling Green, KY. The five pillars are Mind, Body, Relationship, Spirit, and Family. They represent focus areas that contribute to our personal level of “wellness.”

This personal wellness enables us to operate at our best, sustaining us during times of stress and making us resilient to the difficulties of life. September is National Suicide Prevention Month and this course offers an innovative way to address this difficult subject. This helps us to be successful as CAP Volunteer Airmen and members of the community.

There were 57 Civil Air Patrol youth (cadets) ages, 12-18, and adult leaders attended the activity and received the training. Chaplain (Major) Ransom Bennett of the Southern Kentucky Cadet Squadron was the Project Officer and coordinated this activity. Major Kenneth Burns, Major Angela Felts and Lieutenant Gary Reckart also provided instruction in their specialty fields of character development, command and health services. Small group activities, led by experienced cadet leaders, was instrumental in the presentation of this training.

Chaplain Bennett led with “As important as suicide awareness and prevention is, it is equally important to give [you] cadets the tools to be resilient when things get tough”.

Lt. Gary Reckart presented as the health services officer and offered his perspective of this training “Our cadets today will become aerospace leaders’ tomorrow. We are committed to promoting health and wellness education, which will better prepare out cadets in developing and maintaining a balanced and resilient lifestyle as they gain real world experiences while supporting our communities. This will help transform each of them into dynamic, responsible citizens as they become tomorrow’s leaders”.

For a local squadron, please visit http://www.kywg.cap.gov/squadrons/

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 60,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 92 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 150 lives in fiscal year 2018. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 25,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 76 years. For more information, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com.

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