AFDW Unit Defines Resilience

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  • By James Scowden
  • Air Force District of Washington Logistics, Installations and Mission Support
Re·sil·ience: noun. 1. the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity; 2. ability to recover readily from adversity, or the like; buoyancy.

Air Force District of Washington Logistics, Installations and Mission Support (A4/7) personnel are some of the most resilient and patient folks I know. Twice in the past six months our move to the new Jones Building had been delayed because our systems furniture had to be used at the last minute by another office.

In December 2011, we were the last directorate left in Building 1535 and our folks were getting concerned when signs were placed inside and outside of the building advising occupants that no one would be allowed into the facility after Dec. 31. When and where we were moving was constantly on our minds.

The resiliency of our A4/7 family allowed us to overcome our fears, concerns and anxiety as we were the last to leave Building 1535. We were able to find temporary space on the second floor in the Jones Building until our permanent home on the fifth floor was ready. Although we had to move twice, we finally got the job done.

The first time we moved was right before the holidays, when many of our brethren were on leave. Those left behind banded together to take care of their fellow Wingmen's packing. Multiple personal boxes, computers, shredders, computers, and more were transported to temporary space in the new building. A4/7 team members returning from holiday leave found a holiday surprise in their work stations - their computer set up and ready to operate.

A4/7 personnel once again joined together on Jan. 18 and 19, 2012, when we relocated from our temporary space on the second floor to our permanent location on the fifth floor. Personal boxes, lap tops, and more were carted up the halls and soon set-up in our new home. Needless to say, the resiliency of AFDW A4/7 has been tested time and time again, but we always got the job done!

As we left Building 1535 permanently at the end of last year, we all took a nostalgic pause. There were many good memories in that building: promotions, awards, State of the Union Address', inaugurations, exercises, policy discussions, phone calls from someone looking for a connection back to our Air Force, simple thank you's for doing a job well done. That same spirit - that same resilience that makes our A4/7 family so unique and special - was not left behind.

If you are ever in our neck of the woods on the fifth floor, stop on by and you just might find a warm cup of coffee and certainly a cheerful "Hello!" and "What can I do for you?" Because that's how we roll here in AFDW A4/7!