US Air Force Deployment Transition Center Enhances Ability to Provide Decompression Services with Aid from OSD
ALAMOGORDO, NEW MEXICO & AUSTIN, TEXAS (April 6, 2018) /For immediate release/ — Airmen from Alamogordo, New Mexico run an extremely important facility in Germany that assists over 1,000 troops a year with decompression while rotating out of combat. The deployment transition center provides 72 hours of specific services to aid in the transition.
TSgt Chris B. wrote, “Our unit is the only deployment transition center in the AF. We provide 72 hours of decompression for members rotating out of combat. We are also deployed to man the unit. The 17 members will facilitate the transition of over 1000 troops this year. Our program consists of an After Action Review, where the transitioning members talk through their deployments. We compile data to send to the career field managers in an attempt to solve any problems, and prevent future deployed from experiencing them.”
“Following this, there is an experiential outing, where we introduce them to peacetime social interactions. We discuss the differences between normal and combat. We address the feelings that may build in an unfamiliar situation, and ways to combat them. Then we discuss resiliency and expectation management, as well as provide contact information for helping agencies once they return home. We are not a treatment center, or therapy. We are only here to decompress, and aid in the transition. Talk, relaxation, controlled environments are what we provide.”
“Our unit has a small, constrained budget. Everything we provide our deployed, aside from furniture and supplies, is donated.”
TSgt Chris B., followed up, “[We] received a blue container loaded to the gills with awesomeness! I was quite surprised when I opened it. The tea has been a huge hit so far. On behalf of myself, my team, and the re-deployers that come through our program, thank you so very much!”
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