by Staff Sgt. Zachary Wolf
65th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
3/5/2015 - LAJES FIELD, Azores, Portugal -- Over
the last six months the Airmen Ethos program at Lajes has been hugely
successful. A variety of programs have been offered ranging from
nutrition to investing.
"It (the Airmen Ethos program) has become a great resource for Lajes
Airmen and civilians to find classes to better themselves through
professional development, resiliency, and Airman and Family Readiness
Center courses," said Master Sgt. Craig Preston, 65th Force Support
Squadron career assistance advisor.
Not only do these classes offer great opportunities, but all of the
classes help overall wellness by falling within the pillars of the
"Just a small example would be would be Nutrition Coaching (physical),
Ethics (mental), Resiliency Courses (spiritual) and Team Building
(social)," Preston said.
Another physical fitness course that has been offered was the Strength
and Conditioning class. The class spent time teaching students how to
lift properly and get the most out of their workout.
"I use some of the teachings from the 'Strength and Conditioning' class
every day I go to the gym," said Airman 1st Class Andrew Owen, 65th
Civil Engineer Squadron structural journeyman.
While some classes focus on bettering the students, others may teach
them a new skill or hone a skill they already have. Once that happens,
the students can make it their own or expand on that skill.
"I have heard great feedback from most of the classes, but one of the
most interesting stories is that from the DSLR (Digital Single-Lens
Reflex) class, a photography club has formed," Preston said.
Preston said he considers this program a success because it offers a lot
of opportunities for everyone to grow professionally and personally. He
also said that it couldn't have been a success without help from his
team and support of the Lajes community.
"I have a great team who is always there with great ideas and support,"
Preston said. "Staff Sgt. Marlese Yelardy, Staff Sgt. Belinda Bleyer and
I meet at least monthly and work on planning. They have great ideas,
and we get great ideas from the Lajes community too.
While people continue to move in and out of Lajes, there is hope for this successful program to continue.
"I would like to see this program sustained here at Lajes for years to
come and hopefully something similar to it adopted throughout the
command, or possibly the Air Force," Preston said.
Part of keeping this program alive is for students to continue to use it
and to come up with new things they want to see taught or offering a
skill they have by teaching a class.
"I would recommend others to go out and take a class," Owen said. "It's
easy to sign-up and with such a big variety there will be a class you
are interested in. They are typically only an hour, and it gives you
some time away from work."
If you are interested in signing up for or teaching a class head over to
the RUfit? page at www.lajes.af.mil and click on the Airmen Ethos link.