Commentary: Resiliency from a Cannon perspective

By Command Chief Master Sgt. Matthew M. Caruso, 27th Special Operations Wing

When it comes to the concept of resiliency and how it relates to our people at Cannon, strength and determination are words that come to mind. I consider resiliency to be a major factor in how our airmen get through rough times and yet they maintain a positive attitude and good outlook on life despite setbacks and adversity.

Resiliency to me is the ability to “bounce back” and see things in a positive light when life throws you a curveball. Resiliency is a mental toughness and a mindset that helps you overcome the issues, problems and situations that challenge us every day.

Even when major life events like the loss of a loved one, a devastating mishap or a missed opportunity gets us down, resilient airmen find a way to dust themselves off, talk about their problems and get help from their teammates. Resilient people inspire others with their ability to see a bad situation and create good from them. They constantly come back to work with a fresh new perspective and energy day after day and deployment after deployment.

Resilient airmen can go the long haul because they know how to vent their frustrations in a way that helps them overcome negative emotions. These emotions, when not dealt with effectively, usually lead to poor judgment and bad decisions.