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Staff Sgt. Christopher Powell, 4th Communication Squadron network infrastructure supervisor, and Senior Airman Kati Lappin, 916th Aerospace Medicine Squadron dental technician, attend a Couples Communication course together, Feb. 12, 2020, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Powell, 4th Communication Squadron network infrastructure supervisor, and Senior Airman Kati Lappin, 916th Aerospace Medicine Squadron dental technician, attend a Couples Communication course together, Feb. 12, 2020, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. Powell and Lappin attended the course to become better communicators and to gain a better understanding of each other. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly Barrera)

Jerome Ellis, Family Advocacy Program officer, teaches a Couples Communication course, Feb. 12, 2020, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.

Jerome Ellis, Family Advocacy Program officer, teaches a Couples Communication course, Feb. 12, 2020, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. Ellis taught useful couples communication tools during stressful situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly Barrera)

Airmen and their spouses introduce themselves during a Couples Communication course, Feb. 12, 2020, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.

Airmen and their spouses introduce themselves during a Couples Communication course, Feb. 12, 2020, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. The course, offered by the Family Advocacy Program and the Airmen and Family Readiness Program was interactive and offered a chance for couples to learn communication skills from each other. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly Barrera)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. --

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. – Balancing one’s personal life with stressors such as deployment, permanent change of duty station or the demands of a military career can be challenging. There are many resources on base to ensure Airmen and their families are not alone. These recourses serve Airmen and their families, aid resilient Airmen and provide help to ensure mission readiness.

One such resource is the Couples Communication course offered by the Family Advocacy Program and the Airmen and Family Readiness Program.

“The Couples Communication course is designed for anyone who is in any type of relationship, whether it is marriage, co-habitation or an intimate relationship,” said Jerome Ellis, Family Advocacy Program officer. “The hope is that participants of the course gather tools that they can use when they find themselves in stressful scenarios.”

When course participants take these tools and apply them, they become even more resilient, Ellis added.

In addition to individuals attending these courses for personal growth, supervisors are encouraged to attend courses so that they can better guide their Airmen in regards to the types of resources available on base.

 “A couple years ago I had a low point in my military career where I was really thinking about getting out of the Air Force,” said Staff Sgt. Christopher Powell, 4th Communication Squadron network infrastructure supervisor. “I talked to my First Sergeant and he recommended going through Military One Source and those avenues for help. It completely changed my mind about staying in. If I had not gone, I definitely would have got out for the wrong reasons. These programs are good because they help you get you back on track when you slip and fall.”

For more information about military resources and support services contact the Airmen and Family Readiness Center at 919-722-1123.

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