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U-Night(ing) the community through education

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A pamphlet for U-Night is displayed on a table in the Southwest Technology Center, Nov. 12, 2020, at the Southwest Technology Center in Altus, Oklahoma. U-Night is a quarterly workshop that allows attendees the opportunity to focus on themselves and unite members of the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

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Judith Mott, 97th Air Mobility Wing public affairs community engagement section chief, gives opening remarks to attendees of U-Night, Nov. 12, 2020, at the Southwest Technology Center in Altus, Oklahoma. U-Night is a workshop that has a representative from the Altus Air Force Base and the city of Altus community who speak about ways to improve one’s life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

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Jerome Davis, 97th Force Support Squadron community readiness consultant, speaks about financially preparing for the holiday season and how to spend money wisely, Nov. 12, 2020, at the Southwest Technology Center in Altus, Oklahoma. During U-Night, he talked about three main points: developing a holiday spending plan, smart shopping tips and post-holiday financial plans. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

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Jerome Davis, 97th Force Support Squadron community readiness consultant, hands a notebook to a participant of U-Night, Nov. 12, 2020, at the Southwest Technology Center in Altus, Oklahoma. Davis handed out items to participating members who answered questions correctly during his presentation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

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Participants of U-Night listen to Victoria Cleveland, Jackson County Health Department wellness coordinator, talk about how to handle stress during the holiday season, Nov. 12, 2020, at the Southwest Technology Center in Altus, Oklahoma. Cleveland gave examples of experiences in her life and how she handled the stress with healthy coping mechanisms.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --

Airmen from the 97th Air Mobility Wing and Jackson County Health Department personnel held a united workshop for base members and the community called U-Night, Nov. 12, 2020, at the Southwest Technology Center in Altus.

U-Night is a quarterly event that allows attendees the opportunity to focus on themselves while uniting members within the communities. This workshop focused on being healthy for the holidays by communicating ways to handle holiday stress and finances.

“U-Night is a play-on-words. It happens at night, it is a chance to focus on you and a chance to unite the base and the Altus communities,” said Judith Mott, 97th Air Mobility Wing public affairs community engagement section chief.

Event participants listened to two guest speakers during the night. The first speaker was Jerome Davis, 97th Force Support Squadron community readiness consultant and base representative for U-Night, who spoke about financially preparing for the holiday season and how to spend money wisely.

“A lot of people are subconsciously trying to impress the people next to them when they don’t even know that person,” said Davis. “People have to prioritize what truly is important and, to make that happen, they have to learn how to be smart with their money.”

The other speaker and community representative for U-Night was Victoria Cleveland, Jackson County Health Department wellness coordinator, who talked about techniques for managing stress.

 “Whether a person is in or out of uniform, the holidays are a stressful time on top of everything else going on,” said Cleveland. “It is just simple techniques like breathing or doing a different task that can help people get through stressful situations. This night is a way for us to have our two communities into one strengthened, united group.”

According to Mott, the base representative for U-Night, the event will be held again early next year. It will focus on mental health and resiliency and, once again, have guest speakers from both the base and community.

“We are aiming for February 2021,” said Mott. “We hope that it will continue to grow and become a common name here in Altus…U-Night.”

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