193rd SOW DPH's work is recognized

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  • By Master Sgt. Culeen Shaffer
  • 193rd Special Operations Wing

Taking Care of Airmen; it’s a statement that can be heard throughout the 193rd Special Operations Wing. One individual whom excels at this, is Katrina Sylvain, 193rd SOW director of psychological health.

Sylvain who has been at the 193rd SOW for about two years, was recognized for her care of Airmen and their families at the Annual DPH Training Conference held at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, May 3, 2017. She was awarded Air National Guard Regional DPH Top Performer for the northeast region.

Larkin Plato, DPH regional lead, said she chose Sylvain based on her quality of work and that work being done at one of the largest ANG wings including the geographical separated units.

“Her quality of work across the board is top-notch and her diagnostic and therapeutic skills are the best of the best”, Plato said.

“To be honest, I was surprised, I thought there are other DPHs with good programs. It’s great that National Guard Bureau acknowledged my workload”, said Sylvain.

Not only does Sylvain support and care for approximately 1900 Airmen, she supports their families as well.

When asked what was rewarding about her position, Sylvain said, “being able to help families overall, by giving an Airman back to their family who was facing or having difficult challenges that affected them negatively. To help restore them to the father, mother, spouse they were.”

By restoring Airmen not only do you help make them whole again, you also according to Plato can save their careers and maintain mission readiness.

“We are in this world to make a difference, not just take up space and be seen and this position gives me the opportunity to do that,” said Sylvain.

By taking care of Airmen and their families, Sylvain is making a difference in the 193rd SOW and therefore, the world.