AFSOC hosts Warrior C.A.R.E. summit

Warrior C.A.R.E. summit attendees embark on a dinner cruise at Portofino Island Resort, Pensacola Beach, FL, April 26, 2017. Eighteen families attended the second annual event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melanie Holochwost)

Warrior C.A.R.E. summit attendees embark on a dinner cruise at Portofino Island Resort, Pensacola Beach, FL, April 26, 2017. Eighteen families attended the second annual event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melanie Holochwost)

Warrior C.A.R.E. summit attendees meet with helping agencies at Portofino Island Resort, Pensacola Beach, FL, April 27, 2017. The summit provided resources for caregivers of wounded, injured or ill Air Commandos. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melanie Holochwost)

Warrior C.A.R.E. summit attendees meet with helping agencies at Portofino Island Resort, Pensacola Beach, FL, April 27, 2017. The summit provided resources for caregivers of wounded, injured or ill Air Commandos. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melanie Holochwost)

Caregivers along with wounded, injured and ill Air Commandos learn Zen Art techniques during the Warrior C.A.R.E. summit at Portofino Island Resort, Pensacola Beach, Fla., April 27, 2017. The summit linked people together who were facing similar obstacles. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melanie Holochwost)

Caregivers along with wounded, injured and ill Air Commandos learn Zen Art techniques during the Warrior C.A.R.E. summit at Portofino Island Resort, Pensacola Beach, Fla., April 27, 2017. The summit linked people together who were facing similar obstacles. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melanie Holochwost)

Warrior C.A.R.E. summit attendees play musical instruments together at Portofino Island Resort, Pensacola Beach, FL, April 27, 2017. The summit was filled with activities for both adults and children designed to improve resiliency and strengthen relationships. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melanie Holochwost)

Warrior C.A.R.E. summit attendees play musical instruments together at Portofino Island Resort, Pensacola Beach, FL, April 27, 2017. The summit was filled with activities for both adults and children designed to improve resiliency and strengthen relationships. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melanie Holochwost)

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. --

Air Force Special Operations Command hosted its second annual Warrior C.A.R.E. summit here April 24 to 28 at Portofino Island Resort.

 

The summit provided resources for caregivers of wounded, injured or ill Air Commandos and linked them to others who are facing similar obstacles.

 

Eighteen families attended the event this year, which included activities for both adults and children designed to improve resiliency and strengthen relationships.

 

Events like the Warrior C.A.R.E. summit are an investment in people, said Chief Master Sgt. Chris Egbert, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron superintendent. In fact, Egbert said he’s never felt more taken care of until he got to AFSOC.

 

“I don’t like to talk about my feelings, but the summit has given me the opportunity to do that in a safe environment,” he said. “I was able to let my guard down because everyone else was too. I shared where I am in life and what I still have facing me.”

 

In addition to several instructional speakers, local and professional leaders discussed topics including relationships, finances, medical care and resiliency.

 

“It’s nice to hear other people’s stories,” said Amy Egbert. “Although they are all different, we’re going through something similar.”

 

Chief Egbert said he’s glad he took the time to attend the summit. He said he highly recommends it for any wounded, injured or ill AFSOC member.

 

“If you come with an open mind, you’ll leave with some valuable resources,” he said. “The things I learned this week have been invaluable and that I’ll use for the rest of my life.”