Lt. Gen. Robert Miller, Surgeon Basic for the U.S. Air Drive and Area Drive, highlighted the necessity for a extra unified care system throughout all main instructions to assist Airmen, Guardians, and their households find psychological well being applications, bodily remedy, and different medical assist providers. He mentioned erasing confusion round necessary psychological well being providers—like suicide prevention—requires “tearing down stovepipes and consolidating” suppliers right into a single recognizable system.
“I personally couldn’t care much less [what] we name it,” Miller informed attendees on Sept. 12 at AFA’s Air, Area & Cyber Convention in Nationwide Harbor, Md. “We may go down the listing of names. It’s all that very same need to assist our of us.”
Miller spoke on a panel alongside Lt. Gen. Tom Miller, deputy chief of workers for logistics, engineering, and pressure safety, and Maj. Gen. Chaplain Randall E. Kitchens, chief of chaplains for the Division of the Air Drive. The panel was moderated by Lt. Col. Angelina Stephens, Chief of Integration for the SECAF-CSAF Strategic Execution Group, a bunch charged by Air Drive Chief of Workers Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. to “speed up change within the arenas of psychological well being, wellness, and resilience.”
“It’s not all concerning the medics, though we play a component and there’s medical therapeutic,” Lt. Gen. Robert Miller mentioned. “At instances you want Chaplains, religious therapeutic. And at instances you want a robust commander, fellow Airmen, Guardians, others that have to be there and supply that care when wanted.”
Your complete panel refuted critics who say spending money and time on personnel care is “in direct opposition to readiness” inside the Division of the Air Drive.
“The Chief says that airpower is the reply, and I’ve heard him many instances say that Airmen are the rationale why airpower is the reply. And that’s not misplaced on him, it shouldn’t be misplaced on any of us, that it’s not the machine that defends our nation,” Lt. Gen. Tom Miller mentioned. “It’s intellectually dishonest to me to assume that not serious about the human being is by some means counter to readiness. It’s readiness.”
The panelists additionally emphasised that silos between the Pentagon and army members of the family have to be dismantled to not solely enhance pressure readiness, however rebuild belief between the Air and Area Forces neighborhood.
“Belief is the forex of affect. And with no belief, the individuals won’t observe. Effectively, that goes for households. And it’s onerous to regain that belief,” mentioned Kitchens. “I’ve heard the silo feedback and suggestions additionally. I can agree 100%, we’re higher collectively.”
“Change is a journey and the journey should proceed,” mentioned Stephens, quoting the theme of what was doubtless Brown’s last AFA September keynote as Air Drive Chief of Workers. She and the panel mentioned they’re inspired by leaders like Brown and Chief Grasp Sergeant of the Air Drive JoAnne Bass, who’re “empowering” medics, chaplains, and commanders to proceed discovering methods to make medical and psychological well being providers extra accessible to the entire pressure.