Creech improves resiliency, cares for spouses

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  • By Senior Airman Adarius Petty
  • 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

Families of Creech Airmen were recently honored for their sacrifices and contributions to the mission with a very special 'thank you' event.

The United Service Organization of Las Vegas, along with various agencies around Creech Air Force Base, Nevada to include the Chaplain Corps, Creech Human Performance Team, and Airman and Family Readiness Center  partnered together to create the Creech C.A.R.E.S.

"We focus on sending a positive message about the culture and community of Creech AFB as it relates to care of families, specifically spouses,'' said Maj.  Mark Williams, 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing chaplain "We capitalize on the location and attractions of Las Vegas and work with the USO to provide opportunities that model excellence."

The Creech C.A.R.E.S.  initiative gives families a way to interact with each other through events like the "Spoil Our Spouses" event. Although this group is new there are plans to host events every month not only to show appreciation but also to give families social interaction with others which is sometimes difficult due to Creech's remote location.

'Spoil the Spouse' events are recurring, monthly, fun, and appealing events with several objectives," said Maj. Mark Williams, 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing chaplain. "Providing opportunities for spouses to connect with one another, feel valued and appreciated for their military contributions and helping them to focus on and increase resiliency in their lives and families."

Among the target objectives and goals for the 'Spoil the Spouses' program can be seen in the acronym for Creech C.A.R.E.S.

· Create Community - provide opportunities for spouses to connect and network with one another show

· Appreciation - Highlight from a Creech perspective the importance of the military family and the unique contributions each family member brings to supporting the overall mission build

· Resiliency - with the many and varied demands of the military provide

· Encouragement/Education to Spouses

"Col. Case Cunningham's second priority is to take care of the Hunter Family.  So for HC, we take the Commander's priorities, match them with our core capabilities, and strive to create a culture where that happens every day," Maj. Mark Williams, 432nd WG/432nd AEW Wing Chaplain.

During the event spouses were spoiled with dinner and a magic show.

"This was absolutely a great way to connect with other Creech spouses, we never have the opportunity to meet due to the dynamic of the base," said Joy Coppedge,  wife  of Tech. Sgt. Nolan Coppedge, 432nd WG/432nd AEW  ground safety. "I meet so many other mothers that I can relate to today."

This event helped enhance the communication and awareness amongst the Creech spouses.

If you or your spouse is interested in Creech C.A.R.E.S please contact the Airman Family and Readiness Center at 702-404-0864