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GUEST SUBMISSION: AFCENT Airmen gather in day of humility

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  • By Maj. Tamekia Payne
  • Guest writer from U.S. Air Forces Central Command
The installation's Victory Chapel hosted a 24-hour day of humility event for Airmen to gather for a time of reflection and solemn assembly for the U.S., Sept. 10.

The event was organized by Airmen who decided to activate a concept from past presidents who had declared a day for humility, prayer and fasting. The event was modeled after an observance the first settlers to America conducted when approaching the new land.

History also shows presidents to include Washington, Madison and Lincoln each proclaimed time for the country to stop their normal affairs and spend time in prayer and reflection looking for direction and guidance for the land. Scholars from days past also attributed Civil War victories and the boom of the Industrial Revolution to solemn assemblies of Americans who made time for unified humbling.

“Each time I walked by the door, there were Airmen there," said Maj. Jack Miller, a chaplain with the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing. "I believe this was a much needed event and I am motivated by the concern for others on behalf of the nation -- this is a good thing."

Guests trickled in throughout the entire event and stayed as long as they wanted to reflect on concerns for the nation and then quietly departed to continue their days.

“This was life-changing for me," said Tech. Sgt. Aymee Neal, U.S. Air Forces Central Command finance headquarters. “I really received a lot and am humbled by the response of the base in all of this.”

The Air Force’s pillars of comprehensive Airman fitness outlines spiritual resiliency, which has different meanings, but affords Airmen another way to tell their story and express themselves while maintaining their duty to country. For more information on spiritual resiliency and resources available to Airmen, contact your local Airmen and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC), Military and Family Life Counseling (MFLC) Program or military chapel.