2-35th Inf. tackles Warrior Adventure Quest

| February 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from the 2-35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, kayak to a sandbar near Heʻeia State Park as part of the WAQ program, Jan. 27. WAQ is an Army training tool for Soldiers returning from deployment. (Photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Soldiers from the 2-35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, kayak to a sandbar near Heʻeia State Park as part of the WAQ program, Jan. 27. WAQ is an Army training tool for Soldiers returning from deployment. (Photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

KANEOHE BAY — Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, “Cacti,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, took on the Warrior Adventure Quest (WAQ), here, and at He’Eia State Park, Jan. 26-29.

The WAQ is an Army RESET training tool designed to introduce Soldiers to activities that serve as alternatives to aberrant behaviors often associated with accidents involving recently re-deployed Soldiers.

Soldiers assigned to 2-35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, try to eliminate their opponent during a re-ball match at Schofield Barracks, Jan. 26. (Photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Soldiers assigned to 2-35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, try to eliminate their opponent during a re-ball match at Schofield Barracks, Jan. 26. (Photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson,
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

“This program helps Soldiers realize their own new level of normal after a deployment,” said Junior Tuisamatatele, the WAQ guide and Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation representative.

During the four days, the Cacti Soldiers either participated in re-ball, here, or they took part in an ocean activity at the state park.

For the re-ball activity, the Soldiers headed over to the installation’s new Outdoor Recreation Center to compete against one another in re-ball, which is similar to paintball, except players use reusable balls, instead of paintballs, which burst upon impact

Those who got to do the ocean activity had their day start an hour earlier, due to the state park being over in Kaneohe Bay. The ocean activity turned out to be a few different activities.

To start, the Soldiers kayaked out to a sandbar in pairs of two. When they reached the sandbar, they tied their kayaks together and got the chance to do a little snorkeling in the nearby reef.

Soldiers from the 2-35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, take their turn on a sailboat near Heʻeia State Park as part of the WAQ program, Jan. 27. (Photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Soldiers from the 2-35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, take their turn on a sailboat near Heʻeia State Park as part of the WAQ program, Jan. 27. (Photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

For those who wanted a little more adventure, they rotated in groups of three onto a sailboat to sail around the bay area, while the others tried their hand at stand-up paddle-boarding, snorkeling or just enjoying the water.

To finish off the activities, the Soldiers kayaked back to shore and took part in a lunch prepared by the He’ Eia Learning Center staff.

Pfc. Dennis Hernandez-Porter, assigned to Bravo Company, 2-35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, summed up his experience.

“It was awesome,” he said. “I had fun and enjoyed it.”

After both daily activities, each group had to come together and conduct a Leader-Led After Action Debrief (L-LAAD) to discuss the day’s activities.

According to Tuisamatatele, the group did the L-LAAD to learn how to facilitate in response to a significant event in an operational environment.

To finish off the day, before the Soldiers headed back to the battalion’s quad, here, the FMWR personnel took a few minutes and talked to the group about the different programs and options that are available to help out Soldiers and their families in times of hardship and stress.

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