by Airman 1st Class Ramon A. Adelan
9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs
7/7/2015 - BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, California -- The
548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group at Beale Air
Force Base, California, collaborated with the 9th Medical Group and
other supporting agencies to develop the Sustained Performance
Enhancement and Resiliency (SPEaR) initiative, which assists ISR Airmen
in maintaining an optimal level of performance.
"It's a joint initiative between the 548th ISRG and supporting agencies
to create a more population-centric human performance optimization
initiative tailored toward the needs of ISR Airmen," said Maj. Travis
Lunasco, 548th ISRG operational psychologist.
The primary goals of SPEaR are to create a culture of Total Force
Fitness and Human Performance Optimization, foster empowerment toward
self-care, examine organizational policies and processes, and equip
front-line supervisors with ways to engage Airmen.
"We began with just an idea of this initiative. We learned about the ISR
Airmen, the unique set of skills they have, the demand in their
enterprise, as well as some of their vulnerabilities," Lunasco said.
"What we've done is create a model that is very unique because it
identifies and builds on pre-existing strengths and reduces
vulnerabilities exclusive to the ISR community here on Beale."
SPEaR is a community initiative in which the Airmen assigned to the
548th ISRG advocate for their own health and performance. It is a
constantly evolving movement that allows them to take care of their own.
Many of the services in design or being offered are; personal finances,
performance optics, mental tactics, performance nutrition, functional
fitness, social networking, medical, and mentoring. These services are
designed, coordinated and implemented by 548th ISRG Airmen.
"It's not necessarily always a medical or health-related situation for
Airmen," said Col. Jody Ocker, 9th MDG commander. "It could be another
aspect in their life, whether it's something at home or outside of work,
that can hinder their performance."
SPEaR is a full spectrum initiative, meaning it requires leadership and
mission operators to examine the architectural framework of the
institution as a whole for opportunities to implement skill sets
directly into the existing infrastructure. The changes or modifications
of the existing infrastructure can help ensure daily practices and
mission requirements are met by providing Airmen with resources that can
assist them at work or in their personal life.
"The really unique thing about this is the ISR community is letting us
know what they need," Ocker said. "The community can verify a problem or
request assistance to better an aspect of what their mission requires.
As the medical side, I will look over my staff and see if we could help
meet that need, assess it or provide consultation."
Lunasco added that this initiative at the 548th ISRG could be replicated
for all Airmen. Every Airman, such as security forces, maintainers, and
civil engineers, have their own unique challenges, and finding ways to
help support them is a start to a more resilient Air Force, he said.
"This is about being proactive, inoculating Airmen and giving them skill
sets or tools to help them operate optimally versus waiting until their
health or performance degrades," Lunasco said.