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    Leaders of the North Carolina National Guard do a 360!

    Leaders of the North Carolina National Guard do a 360!

    Photo By Lt. Col. Matthew Devivo | A 360 participant undergoes hypnosis as a demonstration of its effectiveness to quiet...... read more read more



    Story by Lt. Col. Matthew Devivo 

    North Carolina National Guard

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Often we associate the term 360 with the number of degrees in a circle. More often than that, those in the military further associate the term with a security requirement, for example 360 degree perimeters. This security requirement ensures that at any given point someone either “has your back,” is “covering your six,” or whatever other terms offer comfort in this regard. But what do we do, or better yet, what do you do when it seems no one has your back?

    The program hosted by the N.C. Air National Guard’s 145th Airlift Wing and sponsored by the USO of North Carolina invited leaders of the North Carolina Air and Army National Guard and the active component from Fort Jackson, S.C. and Fort Bragg to attend the week-long 360 program. The 360 program introduces leaders to the many natural methods the body and mind use to manage stress.

    “This program teaches service members that even as a leader, it is okay to show emotion, or to show what many of us refer to as weakness or vulnerability,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason Boyd, manager with NCNG’s resiliency, risk reduction and suicide prevention program. “When we as leaders show that weakness or that vulnerability, it gives the whole team the opportunity it needs to show its strength.”

    Much like the Resilience Program taught by Comprehensive Soldier & Family Fitness, the program taught Soldiers and Airmen other means to deal with stress, to include yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and even hypnosis! Granted, many of these methods are not available to Soldiers and Airmen during deployments, but upon returning home from a deployment, these methods may be just what the doctor ordered in regards to “bringing us all the way home!”

    Attendees were privileged to meet two of our nation’s heroes; Air Force Lt. Gen. (Ret) and Mrs. Waskow and Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Kyle White. Each spoke about the importance of strong leadership, and how that leadership helped them to be successful.

    While the USO Soldier 360 event does not meet any of the Army’s Resilience training requirements, the fact that there is clear and undeniable benefit to the Soldiers and Airmen cannot be overstated. Soldiers, Airmen and Spouses who attended the event all agreed that this program has been needed for the betterment of our forces for far too long.

    “USO Soldier 360 brings our team closer together, strengthening the bonds within and creates an even stronger force,” said Boyd.

    For more information on some of the activities that took place during the USO’s Soldier 360 Program in Charlotte, click on the following link to view the video:



    Date Taken: 12.10.2014
    Date Posted: 12.10.2014 11:16
    Story ID: 149946
    Location: CHARLOTTE, NC, US 

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