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Bloody Hundredth takes tactical pause to discuss resilience

Colonel Troy Pananon, 100th Air Refueling Wing commander, addresses Airmen during a wing-wide all call addressing suicide awareness at RAF Mildenhall, England, Sept. 5, 2019. The all calls kicked off a wing-wide effort to take a Resilience Tactical Pause to address suicide awareness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

Colonel Troy Pananon, 100th Air Refueling Wing commander, addresses Airmen during a wing-wide all call addressing suicide awareness at RAF Mildenhall, England, Sept. 5, 2019. The all calls kicked off a wing-wide effort to take a Resilience Tactical Pause to address suicide awareness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

Airmen with the 100th Air Refueling Wing listen to stories of resilience during a wing-wide all-call addressing suicide awareness at RAF Mildenhall, England, Sept. 5, 2019. The 100th ARW hosted two all- calls as part of the Air Force-wide Resilience Tactical Pause implemented by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

Airmen with the 100th Air Refueling Wing listen to stories of resilience during a wing-wide all-call addressing suicide awareness at RAF Mildenhall, England, Sept. 5, 2019. The 100th ARW hosted two all- calls as part of the Air Force-wide Resilience Tactical Pause implemented by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

Retired U.S. Army Capt. John Arroyo addresses Airmen of the 100th Air Refueling Wing during a wing-wide all call addressing suicide awareness at RAF Mildenhall, England, Sept. 5, 2019. Arroyo, a former Green Beret, survived a mass shooting on Fort Hood, Texas, and travels the globe to share his message of second chances. Arroyo regularly pulls from his experiences of addictions, failure and disappointment and entwines a message of resiliency, courage and survival. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

Retired U.S. Army Capt. John Arroyo addresses Airmen of the 100th Air Refueling Wing during a wing-wide all call addressing suicide awareness at RAF Mildenhall, England, Sept. 5, 2019. Arroyo, a former Green Beret, survived a mass shooting on Fort Hood, Texas, and travels the globe to share his message of second chances. Arroyo regularly pulls from his experiences of addictions, failure and disappointment and entwines a message of resiliency, courage and survival. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

Chaplain (Maj.) Kennie Neal, 100th Air Refueling Wing chaplain, poses for a photo with Dave Roever, Vietnam War veteran and Purple Heart recipient, after a wing-wide all call addressing suicide awareness at RAF Mildenhall, England, Sept. 5, 2019. Roever presented a message of integrated resiliency and suicide prevention to 100th ARW Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

Chaplain (Maj.) Kennie Neal, 100th Air Refueling Wing chaplain, poses for a photo with Dave Roever, Vietnam War veteran and Purple Heart recipient, after a wing-wide all call addressing suicide awareness at RAF Mildenhall, England, Sept. 5, 2019. Roever presented a message of integrated resiliency and suicide prevention to 100th ARW Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

RAF MILDENHALL, England --

The 100th Air Refueling Wing hosted a Resiliency Tactical Pause Sept. 5 - 6, 2019, at RAF Mildenhall, England.

The two-day event, one of many resilience activities held across the Air Force at Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth O. Wright’s request, involved guest speakers, a presentation of base helping agencies, various small unit discussions, and the unveiling of Operation YOU, a program created by the Bloody Hundredth’s 5/6 Council.

As part of the all-call on the first day of the pause, Col. Troy Pananon, 100th ARW commander, emphasized the solution to the problem of suicide in the military would not be easy, but a long term struggle.

“This is a journey. Today we might take that first step. Today and tomorrow, we’re focused on resiliency,” said Pananon. “But it’s more than two days. It’s an everyday issue. So we’re going to visit and attack this each and every day.”

Airmen then had the opportunity to listen to the remarks of guest speakers Dave Roever, Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient and John Arroyo, retired Army captain, Green Beret and Fort Hood shooting survivor, who reiterated the importance of getting back up after falling down and noticing the warning signs in one’s peers.

“See something, say something. Start by asking ‘are you okay?’” said Roever. “Ask the question, listen to the answer and step in and intervene in your fellow Airman’s life.”

The guest speakers were followed by the introduction of Operation YOU. Its components include embedded unit liaisons to encourage peers who are dealing with mental health concerns to reach out for help as well as the implementation of mental health days, or time off from work that individuals who are feeling stressed can use to take advantage of the resiliency resources available to them.

Before ending the all-call and ushering in the second day of the event, focused more on unit-specific discussions and team activities, Pananon reminded the crowd that the Air Force is a family that will help its members overcome the troubles they may face.

“You’re a part of the Air Force. You’re a part of a big family. We are going to put our arms around you,” said Pananon. “There is somebody here that can and will help you. Don’t forget that.”