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Resilient Airmen share their stories

Mr. Andrew Bossard, a briefer during the Storyteller event, shares his story of resiliency at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 6, 2017. During the event, Bossard’s topic was shades of ambiguity in which he spoke about overcoming prejudice as a child and his ability to bounce back through adversity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)

Andrew Bossard, a briefer during the Storyteller event, shares his story of resiliency at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 6, 2017. During the event, Bossard’s topic was shades of ambiguity in which he spoke about overcoming prejudice as a child and his ability to bounce back through adversity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --

Throughout the Air Force, no matter the job or rank, every Airman has a story.  

Several members of Team Osan shared their unique stories and lessons through the Storytellers program at the Mustang Center, April 26.

“Resiliency is something that can be taught,” said Master Sgt. Patrick Odom, 51st Communications Squadron first sergeant. “This event gives our Airmen from all ranks and backgrounds an opportunity to tell their story. It helps others put tools in their toolbox to help them bounce back when they face adversity.”  

The Osan Junior Enlisted Council and First Sergeant’s Council hosted the event, which covered a variety of topics including preparedness, resiliency and shades of ambiguity.

“I think my biggest thing I’ve learned is that it’s good to listen to people and to try to pull something beneficial from every situation,” said Senior Airman Cody Ray, 51st Civil Engineer Squadron, emergency management readiness journeyman and Osan Junior Enlisted Council president.

Six members of Team Osan shared their insights during the one-hour program.

“We’re here telling our stories of how we were resilient during certain times in our career,” said Tech. Sgt. James Miles, 7th Air Force logistics surface transportation manager. “In my story specifically, I think you take away the necessity to plan and put things in order. If I knew everything I knew as an Airman, I definitely would have saved more and better prepared for the future.”

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, Airman 1st Class Macy Coulter, 51st Communications Squadron, client systems technician, shared her experience and key to resiliency.

“I really wanted people to know just how important SAPR is. It’s not a light subject,” said Coulter. “I’ve never put myself in this type of environment or done any type of public speaking. So, it was extremely important to me for my first event to be something so close to home."