TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --
Team Tinker personnel may notice green plastic eggs around Tinker Air Force Base, but that doesn’t mean Easter has come early. The eggs reflect that Tinker AFB’s Joy 3-3-3 Campaign is now in full swing across the base.
The 72nd Air Base Wing’s Community Support Coordinator Karen Blackwell kicked off the campaign on Oct. 1 and so far 2,500 eggs have been distributed.
She said the campaign drive invites people to reconnect with one another or meet someone new with the understanding that the smallest of gestures matters.
The 3-3-3 Campaign invites people to reconsider their role in suicide prevention, inspire people to believe things can be different and their contributions matter plus engage people in education that will equip them, with motivation, knowledge and the skills they need to take action.
“We’re creating a paradigm shift from secondary to primary suicide prevention,” Blackwell said. “Primary prevention means you are implementing actions that get to the root cause of a negative indicator. 3-3-3 is about a proactive choice to give someone a sense of belonging, inclusion and the feeling they have social support during stressful times.”
The Tinker 3-3-3 begins once a Team Tinker member receives a green egg. They should open the egg, follow the instructions and then go to a “Tinker Joy Station” and collect three eggs to pay it forward.
Afterwards, the participant should follow the egg’s instructions three times a day to three different people and do one of these three things:
· Greet someone new.
· Tell someone thank you.
· Invite someone to join you in an activity or for a meal.
“After completing, we encourage participants to say something like, ‘I’d really like for you to pay this forward and get your own eggs and distribute them using the instructions above,” Blackwell said. “Participants will receive a Tinker Joy silicone band to wear. We encourage Team Tinker to continue the practice daily to create a habit of interacting with different people each day.”
She said she came up with the 3-3-3 Campaign based on her interaction with a Department of Air Force Civilian Police officer who brightened Blackwell’s day by saying, “You have a wonderful day, my beautiful sister!”
Blackwell shared her moment of gratitude with a class she was teaching, and half the class said they knew the officer and how she impacted each one of their own lives with her kind words.
“If each of us does just three new interactions every day, you can just imagine what a positive and major impact that will have on 26,000 people at Tinker AFB,” Blackwell said. “We want everyone to understand that they’re a valued part of our community and that they do have a purpose in what we do at Tinker AFB. We want to make sure they’re always here. I encourage everyone to spread some ‘Tinker Joy.’ ”
For more information, call 736-3215.
Tinker Joy stations are located at:
Tinker Health and Wellness Center, Bldg. 5922
72nd ABW/CCC office, Bldg. 1002, Room 127
Airman and Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 6001
507th Airmen and Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 1043, Room 204
Equal Opportunity Office, Bldg. 201E
Civilian Health Promotion Services Lighthouse Office, Bldg. 3001, Post O73. Hours of operation are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.