DVIDS – News – Life Coaching, Counseling Available for 908th Airlift Wing Members

Amy Kemp-Wellmeier, or Mrs. Amy as she likes to be called, is the psychological health director for the 908th Airlift Wing. In her role, she advises wing leaders on mental health issues affecting Airmen, conducts annual trainings, and acts as what she calls a “life coach” for members of the 908th.

Originally from Long Island, New York, Ms. Amy has had a knack for coaching people since childhood, helping children on the playground and resolving conflict at home.

“I was always that kid who helped people,” she recalls. “I would play a marriage counselor for my parents when I was nine.”

This skill only sharpened and developed as she grew, and she eventually found herself in Fort Benning, Georgia, working with US Army Rangers suffering from PTSD. With that expertise under her belt, she later joined the 908th and is now available to talk to service members about the issues they face, like a life coach would.

“Any issue that people need to talk about, they can come and talk to me about it, whether it’s professional or personal,” she said. “And everything is confidential; I don’t keep any notes.

Ms. Amy is an integral part of the 908th Welfare Team whose mission is to teach skills that help service members cope with their lives both in and out of uniform.

“If you build a healthy individual inside the military system, then you have a strong army,” she said. “And then you can be ready for the mission.”

The number one skill on his list is resilience. It’s the ability to be flexible and a skill she believes will not only make 908th members better decision makers, but also better Total Force team members.

“Without resilience, you have nothing,” she said. “Resilience isn’t just what you do when you’re going through a crisis, it’s how you adapt to everything in your life – the good and the bad.”

The 908th’s “life coach” offers important tools to help Airmen manage their mental health and, according to Ms. Amy, no issue is too small to discuss.

“Just feeling uncomfortable is enough… if you notice yourself sleeping more or sleeping less than usual, eating more, eating less, cranky, restless stuff and you don’t know why?” she said, “I would say, if you don’t feel grounded and balanced. That’s reason enough to go talk to someone, whether it’s me or a good friend.

Ms. Amy can provide service members with access to more than a dozen resources across the wellness team at 908th and beyond. The Yellow Ribbon Program, Airman and Family Readiness Center, Chaplain, and free Department of Defense phone apps are just a few of the free resources available to members.

“You know, I consider myself a pretty resilient person based on my military background and my civilian law enforcement work,” the chief master sergeant said. Tracy Cornett, command chief of the 908th Airlift Wing. “I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve already talked to Ms. Amy about some things, so if I can do that as command chief, why can’t you?” Sometimes you just need a little tune-up, like a car. You have to stop, put it in the garage for a bit, fix it and put it back on the road.

Through her coaching, service members and their families can learn the skills to be, what she called, “grounded in grounding.”

“Pain needs a witness,” Ms Amy added. “Once pain has a witness, you no longer feel like you’re struggling with it alone, and now you can find ways to deal with it.”

Ms. Amy is prepared for the skepticism that surrounds the council to reassure those who might be reluctant to talk about any issues they might face.

“It’s really normal to feel like that. Why would you feel comfortable taking some of your most sacred and private things and putting them out there,” she said. “But if you come in and start testing the waters, you may find that it actually brings you some of the relief, help and support you’ve been looking for.”

908th service members and their families can meet Amy in person, speak to her on the phone, or even schedule a Zoom call during the week.

“I’m here,” Ms. Amy said, “I want people to know I’m here for them.”

His availability gives members of the 908th a strategic advantage and an opportunity to deal with any mental struggles that may be bothering them.

“Mental health is like physical health,” she said, “You can’t go to the gym and build muscle and then you don’t train. It’s a consistent work process.

It is a process that Ms. Amy and the entire wellness team are committed to helping service members and their families through.

Ms. Amy is in her office at Building 1056, Room 203, Monday through Friday and UTA weekends and can be reached at: 334-413-4575.

Date taken: 16.05.2022
Date posted: 16.05.2022 16:54
Story ID: 420843

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