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1 WELCOME HOME, NELLIS WARRIORS! Nellis AFB, Nevada Reintegration Program 2004

2 What Next? Official Welcome Home Tips for Successful Reintegration –Family Support –Life Skills –HAWC –Chapel Table Talks Welcome Home Gift


4 What is Reintegration? The PROCESS is the returning of airmen and civilians back into a stable and normal environment PREPARE families for the changes to their home life when the deployed airmen return. Remember upon your return you will achieve a NEW normal Reintegration is a SLOW process

5 Singles and Reintegration Practical tips: Put your house back in order New roommate New residence Recognize changes in yourself and in others Different living environment Social circle Assess and re-enter relationships Friends Family

6 Married Military Members Expect to return home to a different spouse For the first few weeks you are a guest in someone elses homeact like it Understand your childrens responses Be gentle with your lover Go slow

7 Single Parents and Reintegration Custodial parent Non-custodial parent Strategies Communication –Caregiver –Child Bottom Line: Go Slow

8 Getting Back to Work Changes in work environment –Change of work pace –Mission/duty changes Resentment from co-workers –Added work load due to TDY –Deployment war stories –Not part of real mission Staff turnover

9 Conclusion Redeployment / reintegration…sounds easy, natural, normal NORMAL may be quite stressful! Be patient and go slow! If you need assistance, ask! (chapel, unit, friends, life skills, medical personnel, family support center, etc.) Any deployment can be a building block or a stumbling block– its up to everyone involved


11 Life Skills Support Center Variety of Deployment Locations and Experiences –Life in Danger?? –Bored out of your mind?? –Significant Events on the Home Front?? Hard to predict how persons will react to deployments

12 Signs of Reintegration Stress Behavioral Cognitive Emotional

13 Behavioral Signs Changes in eating habits Changes in sleeping patterns Fatigue, lack of energy Jumpiness Frustrated, irritable angry Crying spells Avoidance of others Increase in alcohol use Disregard for rules, regulations, social norms

14 Cognitive Signs Poor concentration Difficulty making decisions Flashbacks Unwanted thoughts Nightmares Memory Problems

15 Emotional Signs Loss of purpose or direction Loss of trust/confidence in leaders Quick to anger, impatience Depression, sadness Frustration, irritability Worried, anxious, keyed up Guilt, shame

16 Significant Signs of Distress Post Traumatic Stress –Definition –Signs Bizarre or unusual behavior Domestic Violence Abuse of alcohol Thinking about suicide

17 Solutions Take care of yourself –Mentally –Physically –Emotionally Communicate Develop or renew outside interests Allow for space and time Establish realistic expectations Think positive thoughts Seek help if needed

18 Resources Chain of Command / Supervisors Family / Friends Life Skills Support Center (Please call )

19 Practicing Safe Stress Health and Wellness Center (HAWC)

20 Thoughts and Stress ABCs of Emotional, Behavioral and Physical Responses AActivating event or stressor BBeliefs, self-talk, thoughts -- Expectation of self, others, world -- Predictions of what will happen -- Judgment/evaluation of how good/bad CConsequences/responses

21 Choose How To Spend Your Time And Energy Set priorities Create balance in your life -- Meditative/sensual mode Take time out -- Hobbies

22 Learn To Change Your Environment Replace passivity with assertiveness -- Saying yes, Saying no -- Keep to the point Talk things out Develop significant and supportive relationships -- Seek out others with similar issues -- Support group or professional help

23 Learn To Think Helpful Thoughts Stop and think Translate worry into action Rehearse mentally in preparation for situations Stop resisting reality -- Learn to let go Think positive -- Seek the higher power of humor Savor the little things

24 Learn To Relax At Will Take a simple 5 step approach Try progressive relaxation Do deep breathing exercises Try breathing to a count Use scanning relaxation Try imagery techniques

25 Build Your Strength And Endurance Nutrition Get plenty of exercise and physical activity


27 Roadblocks to Communication High Risk Responses –Diminish self esteem –Trigger defensiveness, resistance, resentment –Can lead to dependency, withdrawal, feelings of defeat, or of inadequacy –Decrease likelihood that the other will find their own solution to their own problem –Block feelings –Reduce likelihood the other will constructively express their true feelings

28 Roadblocks to Communication -Judging -Criticizing -Name-Calling -Diagnosing -Praising Evaluatively

29 Roadblocks to Communication -Sending Solutions -Ordering -Threatening -Moralizing -Excessive Questioning (especially Why?) -Advising

30 Roadblocks to Communication -Avoiding the Other's Concerns -Diverting -Logical Argument -Reassuring -Roadblock #13: Telling other people they are sending roadblocks

31 Communication Enhancers LISTEN!! I MESSAGES Help you achieve what you really want: a warmer, closer relationship with another human being

32 Questions?

33 In conclusion… Again, welcome back Thank you for your service to your country Table Talks follow – group near the end of your table See FSC to sign for gift before you leave Remember, helping agencies are only a phone call away

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