Commentary

March 29, 2013

Resilience, excellence in all you do!

Nancy Koch-Castillo
412th TW community support coordinator

Shona Wood has presently worked at Edwards Air Force Base for the last 12 years as a dental technician and the 412th Test Wing plans management analyst.

She was also recently selected to be an installation master resilience trainer. Members considered as MRTs should already demonstrate a high degree of personal resilience.

Master Resilience Trainers, or MRTs, are an integral element to provide trained and certified members as installation experts for Comprehensive Airman Fitness. MRTs provide awareness education and skill development techniques for Airmen and their families to enhance individual resilience across the four pillars of CAF: mental, physical, social, and spiritual. The MRT role is an additional duty.

When first interviewing Shona, I asked what resiliency meant to her. She explained, “It is a state of mind, where you don’t let the bumps in the road slow you down in achieving your goals.” She pointed out she has been teaching resiliency to her Desert High School track and field students for the last 19 years as a coach.

She further explained her personal battle with resiliency started when she turned 12 years old and was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a form of inflammatory arthritis and an autoimmune disease it is a chronic condition characterized by stiffness and inflammation of the muscles, tendons, joints, bones or nerves, possible loss of mobility and marked by discomfort and disability.

Throughout her life she has battled with her pain and discomfort and pushed forward to actually go against the odds. She runs and trains for half marathons and is training for the Agoura Hills half marathon in 2013. She has never let her discomfort get in the way of her achieving her goals.

Her determination and will to succeed in all that she undertakes in life has inspired her track and field students to take on the same positive attitude and upbeat spirit in accomplishing their goals.

The last quote Shona left with during our interview was this, which she stated was her favorite to not only quote, but to live by:
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude” – Maya Angelou




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

News Briefs July 2, 2015

Freedom Fest Freedom Fest is 4:30-9:30 p.m., July 4 at Wings and Roberts Fields. Event highlights include fireworks, Euro Bungee, 25-foot tidal wave water slide, eight pony carousel, balloon artists, 25′ gondola ferris wheel, Rockin’ Tubs Ride, double swing chair ride, Timberland Wrecking Ball, inflatable Slip & Slide and laser tag. All rides and entertainment...
 
 
afmc-cc-message

Be proud of your role this Independence Day

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, starting the colonies on the path to freedom. The next day, John Adams wrote to his wife, describing the time as “the most memorable epoc...
 
 
tw-cc-message

Happy Fourth of July!

Team, This Independence Day weekend, we celebrate the day our great nation declared independence for the original 13 colonies and thus the birth of the United States of America. The Declaration of Independence is the nationR...
 

 
Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara

AFMC commander talks resilience, future of command

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Air Force Materiel Command commander, addresses Team Edwards during a commander’s call in the base theater June 19. Pawlikowski offered insight into the Air Fo...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber

Seminar provides expert advice for smart home buying

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber The Housing Management Office offered a free Home Buyer’s Seminar June 17, at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Whether you are a first-time home buyer or looking to purchase an inv...
 
 
summer-safety

Summertime fire safety

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Summer is upon us! This means lots of fun with family and friends. At the Edwards AFB Fire Department we want your summer to be fun, memorable and safe. Here are a few tips to help keep you...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>