Army graduates latest master resilience trainers

| March 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

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Sgt. 1st Class Gail Braymen
First Army Division West Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas — Approximately 200 Soldiers joined the ranks of the Army’s first several hundred master resilience trainers, Wednesday, as they graduated from the Army’s new Master Resilience Training program.

The 10-day course, held at First Army Division West headquarters on Fort Hood, was conducted in conjunction with another class of Soldiers at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, via video teleconference.

Soldiers in a Master Resiliency Training class at Fort Hood, Texas, interact via video teleconference with Soldiers at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, March 12. The 10-day MRT course, held at First Army Division West headquarters in conjunction with the Philadelphia class, is the fourth MRT session conducted so far Armywide.It was the fourth MRT session conducted to date, Armywide.

The first course, also using video teleconferencing, was held concurrently in Fort Jackson, S.C., and Philadelphia in November 2009.

“The overall goal (of Master Resilience Training) is to be more resilient, to be able to face an adversary, to go through something, and — on the other side of it — come out stronger,” said Sgt. 1st Class Charles Barrow, a physical therapist stationed at Fort Jackson.

Barrow attended the pilot MRT program in August 2009 and became a facilitator, traveling to wherever courses are conducted.

As a facilitator, he helps Soldiers acquire life skills of self-awareness, self-regulation and optimism that will help the Soldiers cope with deployments and other personal and professional challenges.

MRT was developed in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania and is part of the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, which encompasses the five dimensions of strength: physical, emotional, social, family and spiritual.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey Jr. has said the goal is to have one master resilience trainer, per battalion, by the end of 2010.

The 61 new master resilience trainers graduating from the Fort Hood course represent both local units and units from Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Sill, Okla.; Fort McCoy, Wis.; Fort Lewis, Wash.; and White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

Upon returning to their duty stations, they will lead and train other Soldiers on resiliency issues and teach life skills.


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