Supervisor training equips managers with new tools

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  • By Holly Logan-Arrington
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Keep Calm and Airman On. It’s a catch phrase posted nearly all over Robins Air Force Base that embodies the message of resiliency.

Team Robins Frontline Supervisor Symposium “Helping You Manage Your Organization’s Most Valuable Resource -- Employees” is an optional class that will be offered upon request to each base organization from May until the end of August.

Tandra Hunter, a Violence Prevention specialist at Robins, said the training will educate supervisors on community helping agencies, suicide prevention efforts, and the Green Dot program giving them tools to help their workers be resilient in the face of work and life challenges.

“One of the training objectives is to describe the relationship between leadership, supervisors and employees as it relates to prevention,” she said. “This training will help to increase the knowledge of the Integrated Delivery System and enhance resilience efforts. It will help frontline supervisors to recognize how an integrated system of services can help to create positive health outcomes for them and their employees.”

Col. Jeff King, 78th Air Base Wing commander, said the course prepares supervisors to help their own.

“Resiliency is not only important in our personal lives, but it’s also vital to mission success,” he said. “Now, our leaders will be well versed on the programs we have to help our Airmen – military and civilian – Keep Calm and Airman On. Instead of ‘one-size-fits-all’ mass training, we can provide commanders with a collection of resources from which they can draw to address unit-specific issues and trends identified through DEOCS reports and other command climate indicators.”

Col. Sarah Christ, 78th ABW vice commander said the training will posture supervisors to be proactive before crises arise. “If you notice an Airman, whether military or civilian, is having a hard time or something is different about the person’s demeanor, this training will give the supervisor the knowledge needed to head-off a budding problem before it’s too late.”

Hunter said the new class will credit supervisors for Green Dot training and will give them more effective ways of handling employee crisis situations.

“It’s a one stop shop where they get credit for the required training and additional tools needed to handle tough situations in the workplace,” she said. “This training is optional for frontline supervisors, but it’s a great benefit for the organizations on our base.”

Hunter said frontline supervisors play an important role in organizations.

“This training will help new supervisors as well as seasoned supervisors to excel,” she said. “This will give unit leaders a tool to be peer influencers, and it will provide them with resources from our base helping agencies to better manage behavioral risk. Supervisors will walk away with a better understanding of how all of these programs work together to ensure a ‘ready and resilient’ force.”

For more information contact the Installation Violence Prevention Specialist at DSN 472-0814 or the Installation Community Support Coordinator at DSN 497-7692 or email