Course teaches military, civilians how to be resilient leaders

| July 9, 2010 | 2 Comments
Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Gantt, primary master resiliency trainer, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, leads a small team through an exercise designed to help students identify and use their strengths at the 45th Sust. Bde headquarters, here, June 15-18.

Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Gantt, primary master resiliency trainer, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, leads a small team through an exercise designed to help students identify and use their strengths at the 45th Sust. Bde headquarters, here, June 15-18.

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Capt. Robert Monk
45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers of the 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command; family members of deployed Soldiers; and Army civilians participated in the second 45th Sust. Bde. master resiliency leader course, held at the 45th Sust. Bde. headquarters, here, June 15-18.

The class was led by Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Gantt, who is the primary master resiliency trainer for the 45th Sust. Bde.

Gantt attended the first Army MRT course in November 2009, in Philadelphia, Pa. where he received detailed MRT and an overview of the comprehensive soldier fitness program. He was later chosen to become an MRT course facilitator in Hawaii, with these qualifications.

“For some people, the election of Barack Obama as president was their lifetime moment, but this training, which is a result of comprehensive soldier fitness, is the beginning of mine,” said Lakisha Canady-Toussaint, spouse of a deployed Soldier from the 524th Combat Sust. Support Battalion, 45th Sust. Bde.

The brigade takes one platoon leader and one platoon sergeant from each company every six months, and teaches them all of the modules of the MRL course.

This recurring training gives Soldiers the tools to become more effective leaders. The training also helps them develop an effective MRT plan for their company. Once the MRT plan is developed, leadership uses the most beneficial MRT modules.

The 45th Sust. Bde. held its first MRL course in March and certified 17 brigade leaders and three Army civilians as MRLs. The brigade conducted another course in June, which was optional for Soldiers, and open to family members and Army civilians.

“This training has created a dialog to discuss problems in a different manor,” said Tracy Powell, program instructor, Army Substance Abuse Program, Directorate of Human Resources. “There is so much positivity in this course that is missing in society today.”

The 45th Sust. Bde. MRT team is currently planning to conduct MRT for the returning Soldiers of the 524th CSSB, their family members and any other unit spouses or family members who would like to attend. The training gives returning Soldiers and family members the tools needed to help with the transition back home.

“The relationship of the military and civilians should continue to be mixed,” Powell said. “This training will help civilians and the military to more effectively communicate and respect one another.”

Having the mixture of personnel in the MRL course generated diverse dialogs and ideas based on the group’s strengths and backgrounds.

“I learned so much about feelings, emotions and reactions,” said Jaqi Stovall, a military spouse. “These modules teach you how to better deal with situations, and they teach you how make your reactions more controlled and effective.”

 

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  1. CPT Coleman says:

    Hello, Mam/Sir,

    I am interesting in taking the instructor course. What is the schedule of upcoming times and locations. Thanks in advance, CPT Coleman

    • haw says:

      CPT Coleman,

      The Master Resiliency Course is part of the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program, and it is available through Army Community Service. Please call 655-4227 to speak with Dr. Chu to get information on upcoming classes or have this course taught to a unit.

      ~Lacey
      USAG-HI Public Affairs

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