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Aviano Gamer Group Community

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  • By Senior Airman Noah Sudolcan
  • 31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Some Airmen use hiking to destress and for some it’s a face mask with a glass of grape juice, for Airman 1st Class Jason Collier video gaming with others is where he alleviates stress in his life.

“I've been gaming, probably since my consciousness came to,” said Collier, 31st Maintenance Squadron electronic warfare journeyman.

Moving to another country and starting his military career, Collier found himself unable to fully enjoy playing video games at first.

“I've always found my way back to gaming, it's just been such a pivotal part, “ said Collier. “Especially now, it's one of those things that gives me that social battery I need. For some people it's just like going out with friends.”

Gaming provides the ability to make new connections. Sometimes it provides that cohesion that we all strive to work on. In the maintenance world we wake up, go to work, come home and go to sleep. One of the great things that keeps me connected despite that routine is the Aviano Gamer Group discord. It provides the ability to mingle with other people throughout the Air Force gaming community and can be a huge destressor in people's lives.

“Everyone wants those destressors in their life, right, and if you're not working at your fullest, i.e. if you're too stressed, then you're not going to be a good asset to the military.” said Collier.

Collier goes on to explain that going out is not for everybody. The idea is that the discord basically allows people to stay in and play video games with all kinds of other people.

“So I would say, just try it out. You never know what kind of friends you will meet. You never know what kind of connections you make. Right?”