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Army Vice Chief finds Ready, Resilient Campaign ‘best practices’ at Fort Campbell

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August 8, 2013 | Across DoD
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Gen. John Campbell, vice chief of staff of the Army and former commanding general of the 101st Abn. Div. (AA), holds a Ready and Resilient Campaign, or a R2C sensing session, with Soldiers and civilians in the Kinnard Mission Training Complex at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 1. Campbell and other Army senior staff spoke to Soldiers, Families and civilians during their visit to Fort Campbell. Sam Shore, U.S. Army
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Brig. Gen. Patrick Sargent, deputy chief of staff of operations, U.S. Army Medical Command, discusses resiliency with a group of Soldiers and DoD civilians during a sensing session at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 1. Sargent was part of a group of Army leaders visiting the installation to gather feedback about the Army’s resiliency programs. Sgt. Leejay Lockhart, 101st Sust. Bde., 101st Abn. Div. (AA) Public Affairs
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John Campbell spoke with several groups here Aug. 1 about the Ready and Resilient Campaign as well as other key issues facing Soldiers and Families today.

Campbell, the former commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), attended focus groups with Army leaders, Soldiers, civilians, Families and program managers at the Kinnard Mission Training Complex.

In a separate briefing with members of the local media, Campbell expressed his feelings on returning to the division he once commanded.

“It’s pretty awesome to come back and see the Screaming Eagles and Fort Campbell and talk to many of the Soldiers, great civilians, and leadership here,” Campbell said.

Campbell discussed his impressions of the installation’s resiliency and wellness programs, as well as the way forward on other important Army matters.

“I’ve seen a lot of great initiatives here at Fort Campbell; they’re leading the way on many things in the Ready and Resilient Campaign,” he said.

The Ready and Resilient Campaign is a recent initiative from top Army leaders to promote physical, moral, and mental fitness to maintain Army readiness and bring an enduring change to the Army culture, according to the official campaign order.

Fort Campbell recently introduced a number of measures to address suicides and resiliency through improved programs and infrastructure.

Incoming Fort Campbell Soldiers attend 16 hours of Master Resiliency Training, and two hours of additional quarterly training. The installation also has Military Family Life consultants and Embedded Behavioral Health Care clinics located at the unit level.

In June, a gathering of Army leaders broke ground on Fort Campbell’s National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Center. The center will treat traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress.

Campbell said he and his staff were interested in the feedback received from the focus groups that attended, and he looked forward to returning to Washington, D.C., with recommendations for best practices to implement Armywide.

The Vice Chief and his team looked at a number of operations, to include in-processing, sponsorship and governance. Campbell had high praise for the reporting practices utilized by leaders to the Senior Mission Commander, Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, and called it the standard for the Army.

“He's able to bring in all of the stakeholders on a frequency where they've met and he makes decisions on those issues at his level, and it's a really integrated approach. He's able to take that information and make the best decisions for Fort Campbell,” he said.

Campbell also talked about the Soldier for Life program, an initiative that builds Soldiers' resiliency from initial entry training, throughout their career and into civilian life as productive members of society.

“If they have issues, then we have to take care of those issues,” he said. “(We) give them those toolsets to help them deal with the stressors in their life, and help them transition out of the Army, whether that's after one enlistment, or after 20 years.”

Campbell also spoke about the future of retention practices in the Army for both uniformed personnel and civilian employees.

“It's going to be a smaller Army, and the quality of that Army has to be the very best,” Campbell said. He explained that the decision to keep the best Soldiers employed in the Army would fall on unit commanders, who would make retention recommendations to senior commanders.

Campbell also addressed possible cuts in the coming years, but couldn't commit to any specific numbers. He explained how uncertainty about the fiscal year 2014 budget was holding back the Army from giving any numbers beyond the cuts required by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Without a guaranteed budget, Campbell said he couldn't predict if furloughs would continue beyond this fiscal year, but he expressed gratitude for the civilians that continued to work hard across the installation.

Campbell also said his concern wasn't the lost eight-hour day, but rather the decreased productivity and passion civilian employees invested into their jobs, previously working overtime, despite the 40-hour work week.

Campbell's visit to the base was one of many on his 'Health of the Force' tour this week. He had recently visited Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., and Fort Drum, N.Y. He and his staff will continue gathering resiliency training feedback at Fort Jackson, S.C., before eventually returning to the Pentagon to discuss lessons learned with high-level officials.
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