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1 Reintegration Program
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 else’s home—act like it Understand your children’s 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– it’s 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 Communicate
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) 3-3375

20 Thoughts and Stress ABC’s of Emotional, Behavioral and Physical Responses A—Activating event or stressor B—Beliefs, self-talk, thoughts -- Expectation of self, others, world -- Predictions of what will happen -- Judgment/evaluation of how good/bad C—Consequences/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

Chapel 2-2950

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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