BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group Airman Resiliency
Team is now offering a team building workshop to help unit personnel gain
better interpersonal communication skills and awareness.
The Fundamental Interpersonal
Relations Orientation Behavior test, or FIRO-B test, is available to all
members associated with Distributed Ground System 2 and provides a score that
estimates how comfortable individuals are with specific behaviors under three
main areas: inclusion, control and affection.
“There’s a lot of reinforcement that
goes with looking at screens and getting work done, but not very much in terms
of the interpersonal communication,” said Maj. Joanna Ho, 548th ISRG ART
operational psychologist, referring to Airmen in intelligence career fields.
“Sometimes it’s not because people don’t care, or people don’t want to have it
(communication), it’s because they just don’t really know how or they’re not
totally aware of what they need, how they come off or how they’re perceiving
Ho said the FIRO-B test is an
effective way to teach people about their expressed versus wanted behaviors and
clarify misconceptions in order to promote awareness of emotional needs.
“Emotional needs are just as
important as physical needs in order to be our best selves,” said Ho. “When
people are aware of what they’re expressing to other people, and also aware of
what they actually want from other people, that can really help relationships.”
Airman 1st Class Dana Tourtellotte,
9th Intelligence Squadron aerial imagery production technician, was among the first
548th ISRG Airmen to complete the FIRO-B test. She said it was one of the best
programs she’s been involved in since joining the Air Force.
“I think it would be really helpful
to every work center to have that kind of understanding,” said Tourtellotte.
“It really helps you to understand on a more personal level, and in a more
effective manner, how people around you function.”
Not only did it allow Tourtellotte
to see commonalities between co-workers, it helped her to see how much she
still had to learn about the people she was already closest with, while also learning
more about her own tendencies.
“I think I portray wanting to be in
charge of things a lot more than I actually want to be in charge of things,”
said Tourtellotte. “I’m really much more comfortable being a backseat driver
than I am charging ahead and paving the way and taking all the responsibility
“I’m grateful that there are people
that I surround myself with who will take those positions, and I can be
supportive of them,” she added.
To complete the FIRO-B test, members
need to complete a 15-minute online assessment prior to the in-person training.
Ho recommended participants allow a minimum of three hours to complete the
The ART provides other specialized
team building training in addition to the workshop. The team also assists
members one-on-one, or as a unit, with how to cope with different aspects of
life on and off the job.
“We can come up with something
that’s tailored to what that section might want or be interested in,” said Ho.
“Whether it’s leadership or empathy, or how to have fun at work and connect; every section is going to be a little bit
Anyone interested in scheduling an FIRO-B workshop or
training, or to discuss other various team building options, can contact the
ART at 530-634-6914.