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Fort Hood Resilency Campus: Soldiers, Families build resilience at campus

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August 22, 2013 | Living
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A view from the reflecting pond shows the Spiritual Fitness Center in the background. The Spiritual Fitness Center offers chapel services, Bible studies, and marriage-Family classes. Heather Graham-Ashley, Sentinel News Editor
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Marcella Marshall evaluates and measures the flexibility of Tom Feild during a health assessment at the Fort Hood Resiliency Campus’ Army Wellness Center Aug. 14. Heather Graham-Ashley, Sentinel News Editor
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Exercise equipment, free weights and a rock-climbing wall fill the main gymnasium in the Fort Hood Resiliency Campus’ Applied Fitness Center. The center also hosts classes and other exercise opportunities for Soldiers and Families. Heather Graham-Ashley, Sentinel News Editor
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Tom Feild demonstrates the Bod Pod, a capsule that measures a person’s body fat percentage at the Army Wellness Center. Heather Graham-Ashley, Sentinel News Editor
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A Soldier works out with straps attached to the wall during an operational fitness session at the Applied Fitness Center Aug. 14. Groups and units attend operational fitness sessions for more advanced physical training. Heather Graham-Ashley, Sentinel News Editor
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Hands-on displays, such as the Globs of Fat example at the Army Wellness Center allow visitors to touch and feel what 1 or 5 lbs. of fat looks like. Staff members at the center can then assist members of the Fort Hood community with losing excess fat or stopping behaviors that can lead to the accumulation of extra fat. Heather Graham-Ashley, Sentinel News Editor
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A reflecting pond outside the Spiritual Fitness Center at Fort Hood’s Resiliency Campus offers a peaceful spot for meditation and relaxation. Heather Graham-Ashley, Sentinel News Editor
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Capt. Jason Norwood demonstrates an unusual style of pushups using weighted exercise balls at the Applied Fitness Center Aug. 14. Heather Graham-Ashley, Sentinel News Editor
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Marcella Marshall measures the rested metabolic rate of Tom Feild to measure calorie-burning ability at the Army Wellness Center at Fort Hood’s Resiliency Campus. At the center, patrons can learn about proper nutrition, healthy weight loss and smoking cessation. A series of assessments can be performed to help develop the appropriate plan to assist with improving overall physical health and well-being. Heather Graham-Ashley, Sentinel News Editor
Since 2009, Fort Hood’s Resiliency Campus has operated with one mission in mind: building strong, healthy Soldiers, Families and civilians at the Great Place.

That mission is accomplished through a combination of military and civilian agencies that work together to enhance strength of all things spiritual, emotional, social, Family and physical within individuals.

“We have six separate military and civilian agencies designed to provide preventive, holistic support to members of the Fort Hood community – Soldiers, Family members, Department of the Army civilians and retirees,” Master Sgt. William Loggins said.

Loggins works closely with Resiliency Campus Commandant Capt. Jason Norwood to keep the synergy between all of the six agencies and market the combined capabilities to the Fort Hood community.

The Resiliency Campus, a city block-sized complex located at 31st Street and Battalion Avenue, opened in the fall of 2009 to address the spiritual, behavioral and physical needs of Soldiers and Families who were showing the stresses of nearly a decade of sustained combat. Its flexible and individualized approach made the campus a one-stop shop for resilience.

The campus became the model for the Army and was on the leading edge of the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Training program, now known as CSF-2, which followed the same philosophy of holistic and preventive care.

The Ready and Resilient Program at the Resiliency Campus is another tool to help build the strength to manage the stresses and anxieties of Army life.

Loggins is Fort Hood’s master resilience trainer and he administers the Ready and Resilient Program, which works closely with CSF-2 to provide Soldiers, Families and civilians with skills such as goal-setting and effective communication to help with the five areas of resilience. The program is also at the Resiliency Campus.

“When you put everything we have together here, it’s a one-stop shop,” Loggins said.

Four years later, the mission remains but some of the delivery processes have changed, Norwood said.

The six agencies at the campus: Military Family Life Consultants, CSF-2, personal finance, the Army Wellness Center, Applied Fitness Center and the Spiritual Fitness Center are operated separately by their parent entities, but work together to provide holistic care.

Military Life Consultants and finance fall under Army Community Service. MFLCs provide counseling and therapeutic services, but also often act as the gateway to help Soldiers, Families and civilians address other, often underlying issues, Norwood said.

“MFLCs are very good at triaging issues,” he said.

As an example, a Soldier visits with an MFLC to discuss marital arguments. After some conversation, the MFLC discovers the fights revolve around the Soldier spending too much money on alcohol and drinking too much. The MFLC can immediately walk the Soldier over to the Army Wellness Center to learn about healthy lifestyle choices and develop a plan to stop or minimize drinking. That same MFLC could also walk the Soldier over to the finance section for a complete work-up of the Family’s finances and to learn about saving and wise spending, or to CSF-2 to work on goal-setting.

From there, a Soldier or Family member could go to the Applied Fitness Center to learn about exercise and take a fitness class, or visit the Spiritual Fitness Center for a Marriage 101 class to improve Family dynamics.

“It’s all combined in one location and all of the staff knows each other,” Norwood said. “They will actually walk you from point A to point B.”

Norwood knows this first-hand.

“All of the staff here has their own individual person they’re walking through this place,” he said.

On average, about 4,000 people utilize services at the Resiliency Campus each week, Norwood said, noting that 70-75 percent of the visitors are Soldiers and most of them are using the Applied Fitness Center.

After the Applied Fitness Center, the MFLCS and finance are the most-frequently visited.

The Army Wellness Center, which provides nutritional information, smoking cessation and healthy weight-loss education, has taken a hit in attendance because of the furlough, but the numbers are expected to rise back to normal, Norwood said.

While the number of visitors remains stable right now, Norwood and Loggins said those numbers fluctuate with large events and added stress on the force.

“Any time you have a major change on policy or mission, we tend to see an influx of people coming in,” Norwood said, noting that the center has seen up to 5,200 people a week. “If you want to track stress on the force, just look at our numbers.”

Loggins said they can tie upticks in visitors to times of stress on post. He recalled an increase of visitors during 3rd Cavalry Regiment’s transition from armor to Strykers, at the beginning of Operation New Dawn and when it was announced in June that 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, would be deactivated.

“When you see something major happen, we see it on this end as well,” Loggins said.

Regardless of the level of anxiety or stress, the Resiliency Campus has a program or service to help, but Norwood and Loggins hope to address issues early on.

Norwood likes to stay “left of the boom,” before a crisis hits and an individual hits rock bottom.

“The help is here if you want to take it,” Norwood said.
 
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