500th MI hosts Chaplain Resiliency luncheon

| April 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
From left, Spc. Paul Sneed, Spc. Matthew T. Herfort and Pvt. Omar Hernandez, HHD, 500th MI Bde., barbecue for the Chaplain Resiliency Prayer Luncheon , March 27. The  “Vanguard” team came together while reflecting on the Health of Command and its “What Matters” initiative.

From left, Spc. Paul Sneed, Spc. Matthew T. Herfort and Pvt. Omar Hernandez, HHD, 500th MI Bde., barbecue for the Chaplain Resiliency Prayer Luncheon , March 27. The “Vanguard” team came together while reflecting on the Health of Command and its “What Matters” initiative.

Staff Sgt. Thomas G. Collins
500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 500th Military Intelligence Brigade Unit Ministry Team (UMT) hosted a Chaplain Resiliency Prayer “BBQ” luncheon to provide Soldiers, family members, contractors and Department of the Army civilians a time to come together in fellowship and discuss “What Matters,” here, March 27.

The brigade’s “Health of the Command” initiative for this fiscal year is all about “What Matters” — you matter, your words matter, relationships matter and actions matter.

The luncheon focused on those initiatives by having guest speakers, posters and themed messages on the tables in the pavilion.

Wallsky

Wallsky

“The luncheon kicked off with a few words from the brigade chaplain (Maj. Moras) and our victim advocate, Staff Sgt. Mandy Walskey,” said Sgt. Gabrielle T. Smuk, information systems specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 500th MI Bde. “(Walskey) discussed the third and fourth quarter focus for the ‘What Matters’ theme and tied them into the sexual harassment reporting and prevention program, along with the Army’s Ready and Resilient Campaign.”

The Army has various programs that are designed to help Soldiers and families get through the rigors of Army life, but sometimes all you need is a grill and somewhere to gather.

“Events like these are important because they bring the Soldiers, civilians and the families together to put emphasis on things that are normally overlooked,” said Smuk. “We all lead hectic lives and worry about our mission so much that we forget to take time to decompress and interact with those around us.”

Being able to get past the mission and have a conversation with your teammates can have profound positive effects.

“I think it affects everyone throughout the ranks positively,” said Smuk. “You’re sitting down to lunch with people you see every day and building a relationship with them. You’re building trust without knowing it.”

 

Trust in a relationship is very important

“In any relationship, personal or work related, establishing communication and trust are key,” said Smuk. “You just don’t function properly without the two, and the same goes for the unit. It won’t function properly if the ranks within have zero communication and trust.”

During the luncheon, the “Vanguard” team built trust, reinforced relationships and played spades and dominoes.

“It’s good to have balance,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Dayron I. Vargas, senior enlisted adviser, 500th MI. “Because of the operations tempo of the unit and how hard we work, it is good to come out and share a meal, play cards and relieve stress.”

The brigade and the UMT conduct events quarterly that place emphasis on the Health of the Command initiatives.

The event exemplified the Health of the Command focus on what matters and got folks out of the office to share camaraderie.

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