DIYARBAKIR AIR BASE, Turkey --
In an effort to foster interpersonal relationships, Airmen from the 39th Air Base Wing chapel and mental health clinic visited Diyarbakir Air Base, April 26 - 28.
During their trip, the Airmen met with different base units to check on quality of life and well-being.
“We came out to Site D to provide a service that they don’t have out here,” said Capt. Michell Greenidge, 39th Medical Operations Squadron family advocacy officer. “In a deployed location like this, away from family, friends and a regular support system, it’s good to have extra support and people that you can feel comfortable talking to.”
While at Site D, the two agencies teamed up with the chapel staff currently deployed there, and treated more than 10 Airmen to lunch to learn more about them and build camaraderie.
“We took some Security Forces troops out to a spiritual lunch and learn after their shift,” said Staff Sgt. Wesley Cunningham, 39th ABW chaplain assistant. “We were able to learn about the values of each individual person, enjoy each other’s company and eat some good food. It was a great time.”
Additionally, the chapel team provided five religious services for personnel at Site D.
“We brought a chaplain out with us from Incirlik Air Base to provide specific services for the folks out here,” said Cunningham. “He conducted five services while here and was able to provide individual support, impacting Airmen in a positive way.”
Greenidge said being able to serve the men and women at Site D was a fulfilling experience.
“It means a lot to me to provide comfort to those I interact with,” said Greenidge. “Putting a smile on someone’s face and being assured they are in a good mental state is a gratifying feeling.”
The Incirlik chapel and mental health staff look forward to further serving members at Site D on future visits.
For those seeking mental health services, call 676-6452. If in need of chaplain services, call 676-6441.