The Fort Hood Resiliency Campus offers a variety of services to help empower Soldiers, Families, Department of Defense cardholders and retirees to live an effective and resilient life through understanding and working on five pillars of fitness: physical, social, spiritual, emotional and Family.
Capt. Jason Norwood, the commandant for the campus, talked about its core mission.
“The mission of the resiliency campus is to increase the resilience, quality of life, overall comprehensive fitness of the Fort Hood community. Our vision is one where the Fort Hood community incorporates resilience and comprehensive fitness looking at the five pillars of fitness and how to assess and maintain them.”
For Soldiers and the community to work on the pillars and overall goals, the campus was created and has several different facilities – that offer various services and programs – which includes: the Applied Functional Fitness Center, Personal Financial Assistance Center, a reflection pond, Army Wellness Center, Military and Family Life Counseling Center as well as the Spiritual Fitness Center.
For Soldiers and members of the community who are looking for a gym on post, the resiliency campus offers its own gym – one that Norwood says is not like others on Fort Hood.
“The Applied Functional Fitness Center is one of the only functional fitness gyms on the installation,” Norwood said. “It looks much different than a regular gym that you would go into – there’s a lot of open space.”
Norwood said that the gym is especially helpful for Soldiers.
“The idea of functional fitness to the form and function of what we do in the military is much, much different than the machine or standard fitness applications that we see across the majority of paid for gyms,” Norwood said. “To be much more specific, it is less important to me how much a Soldier is able to bench press, it is much more important to me that a Soldier has the capability to drag a body out of a burning vehicle. The manner in which you get towards one form of functional fitness as opposed to the other requires that you have a lot of open space, a lot of free weight movement area and a lot of different things to do. So we have what most people would call big weight lifting opportunities in there, we have a rock wall, we have other open platforms, a bunch of kettle bells and then we have classes that are offered (like) my Soldiers who provide TRX classes.”
For those who want to better their health or even understand proper nutrition, what their basic metabolic rate is, or see why they fall on a fitness test, the resiliency campus offers these health programs and more through the Army Wellness Center.
Megan McHugh, a health educator for the center, said that the AWC wants to help the Fort Hood community achieve their fitness goals – whatever they may be.
“We basically are in the business of trying to help,” McHugh said. “We’re open to active duty, retirees, all dependents over the age of 18 and DoD civilians. We’re trying to help with whatever health and wellness goals they’re trying to obtain. So whether that’s ‘hey, I want to pass a PT test, I don’t want to get flagged for height and weight. I just want lose weight, I want to go for Special Forces. Whatever it is, specifically what they want to do, we use all of our services to help them with that.”
Another building on the Resiliency Campus is the Spiritual Fitness Center, is a non-denominational building that helps to provided religious services and information to Fort Hood.
“The Spiritual Fitness Center – that particular facility – is unique because that is not service oriented, that is actually personal driven,” Norwood said. “There are two directors of religious education on Fort Hood – both of them operate out of that facility. And so, what the director of religious education is supposed to provide for you is information regarding just about any religious activity that’s happening on Fort Hood. So if (someone) were Buddhist and want to know where they should be going when they get to Fort Hood, they should talk to (someone at the center). (Or) let’s say I’m interested in whether or not we have vacation bible school and I want to be part of that. That’s where you go to find that out.”
“We have other things inside the facility that are run there like prayer groups that meet over lunchtime,” Norwood added. “There’s a lot of different things that go on in that facility, some on a reoccurring and some on an individual basis.”
For more services and programs the resiliency campus has to offer including financial assistance, counseling and unit training activities, visit the campus located off of 31st Street and Battalion Avenue.