Resiliency training provides keys to overcoming obstacles

| April 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos
45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — As certain as death and taxes, obstacles will come our way in life.

Thus, to give Soldiers the best chance of conquering such barriers, the 45th Sustainment Brigade is teaching its Master Resiliency Training.

Staff Sgt. Tamari Adderton (left), 45th Sustainment Brigade, discusses positive reaction to different scenarios with Sgt. 1st Class Tuyen Do, also of the 45th Sust. Bde., during the brigade’s Master Resiliency Training class at Schofield Barracks, April 1. Resiliency training is part of the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program. The goal is to help Soldiers become better Soldiers, leaders and family members.

Resiliency training is part of the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, which focuses on five dimensions of strength: emotional, social, spiritual, family and physical.

“What we are doing right now is training the trainer,” said Capt. Robert Monk, assistant trainer for 45th Sustainment Brigade’s MRT course. 

Eighteen Soldiers and officers from the brigade’s companies attended the three-day class, March 30-April 1, here. 

After finishing the training, Soldiers can tutor their individual companies. 

The brigade plans on requiring all Soldiers to have two hours of MRT every quarter.

About two years ago, Gen. George Casey Jr., Army chief of staff, expressed concern regarding the high levels of post-traumatic stress disorder among redeployed Soldiers. 

As a result, he adopted the Positive Psychology program from the University of Pennsylvania-Philadelphia to combat PTSD before it happened.

“We’ve been working on Comprehensive Soldier Fitness,” Casey said. “It’s designed to bring mental fitness up to the same level that we give to physical fitness.”

The 45th’s program covers subjects such as avoiding thinking traps, building resiliency and surveying individuals’ strong and not-so-strong points.

“I thought this would be a ‘check the block’ course,” said Sgt. 1st Class Joy Allen, 125th Finance Company. “However, this training will be good for the Soldier and should be implemented Armywide.”


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