DVIDS – News – Schriever GHOST program improves resilience of Airmen and Guardians

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo .– The 21st Medical Group, Guardian Holistic Operational Support Team (GHOST) at Schriever Air Force Base supports Airmen and Guardians with resilience resources.
The mission of GHOST, formerly known as the Space Team for Airmen Resilience (STAR), is to provide physical, spiritual and psychological support to Airmen and Guardians in their mission readiness through reliable integrated engagement and accessible at unit level.
“Being so close to the mission and understanding what the Guardians need in terms of resources has been a huge advantage,” said US Space Force Tech. Sgt. Walker Jean-Philippe, 21st
MDG, GHOST operational support flight leader. “We were able to have a positive impact on barriers to care by simply meeting the guardians in the workspace. “
“STAR, now GHOST was originally envisioned by Gen. John” Jay “Raymond to combat harmful coping mechanisms related to operational stressors experienced by space operators along the four pillars of overall fitness: mental, physical, social and spiritual, ”the US Air Force said. Col. Raymond Clydesdale, US Space Force Command Assistant Surgeon.
This USSF program includes a physiotherapist, flight medical assistant, clinical psychologist, clinical social worker, mental health technician, chaplain, and religious affairs aviator.
The GHOST team currently supports Space Delta 8 – Satellite Communications and Navigation Warfare and Space Delta 9 – Orbital Warfare with the 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron.
This unique team is the first integrated team in the USSF. Additionally, the USSF seeks to provide integrated teams to the Deltas at each facility and is negotiating with the Air Force Medical Service on the development and funding of more integrated teams.
“GHOST is designed to be an integrated ‘permanent’ operational support; whereas the operational support teams of traditional medical groups are an integrated ‘transitional’ operational support by moving between units of a facility every few months, ”Clydesdale said.
This means Airmen and Guardians can benefit from direct and cohesive support as well as a team of individuals who have a better understanding of their mission and responsibilities.
“The concept of integrating doctors or chaplains into operational units is not new, just new to space operators,” Clydesdale said. “The role of the flight surgeon developed soon after humans began to fly so that medics could experience the rigors of dangerous environments in order to better understand their population of flying patients, to develop confidence and relations with this same population and to optimize the performance of the pilots for the success of the mission. GHOST strives to achieve the same among the Guardian population.
While there are other foundational resources that address the four pillars of overall fitness, they do not exist in a secure operating environment like GHOST does.
Prior to the name change, 66 of the 100 custodians of the STAR pilot program indicated in an internal survey that they would not have used base services if the STAR mission had not existed.
“Historically, the military has feared going into mental health for fear of reprisal or losing their clearances,” said US Space Forces Major Lauren Taylor, DEL 8, director of operations for 2 Space Operations Squadron. “Garrison support for GHOST ensures people understand that taking care of their health and well-being is a priority. ”
Ultimately, GHOST enables Airmen and Guardians to live more balanced lives by having immediate access to care and eliminating the process of planning and waiting for an appointment to be available.
“While the general public has rightly paid more attention to mental health issues over the past several decades, garrison support for GHOST is important in showing that the military can innovate and adapt to the issues facing it. its members are facing today, ”said the captain of the US Space Force. Collin Dart, DEL 8, 2 Space Operations Squadron, Deputy Director of Sustainment.
Currently, discussions are underway at different levels of leadership to find a way to extend the same resources that GHOST provides to all deltas that need them.

Date taken: 08.02.2021
Date posted: 12/21/2021 3:02 PM
Story ID: 411705

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