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Hood leaders discuss Ready, Resilient Campaign

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January 9, 2014 | News
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Brig. Gen. Clark W. Lemasters, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) commander, talks to other leaders from across Fort Hood at the Ready and Resilient Campaign leaders’ discussion Dec. 20 at Club Hood.
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Brig. Gen. Joseph Martin, 1st Cav. Div. deputy commanding general, passes out coins to honorees at the Ready and Resilient Campaign leaders’ discussion Dec. 20 at Club Hood. (Photos by Staff Sgt. Gregory Sanders, 504th BfSB)
When the phone rings in the middle of the night, it is expected that bad news is on the other end of the receiver.

Last October, a squad leader with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Warrior Transition Brigade, received such a call from a squad member making an attempt on their life. The squad leader quickly reacted, contacting 911 and ultimately saving the Soldier’s life. The squad leader continued to be a mentor and assist the troubled Soldier in the healing process even after the Soldier left active duty.

Leaders from across post gathered at Club Hood Dec. 20 to recognize outstanding leaders and to discuss the Ready and Resilient Campaign, a new effort to streamline programs, processes and procedures aimed to improve Soldier readiness.

“Each one of these individuals was doing what they do and they saw someone that was in a position of vulnerability,” said Brig. Gen. Joseph Martin, 1st Cavalry Division deputy commanding general, “and instead of walking by it, minding their own business, in some cases they saved a life. Some cases they changed a life. But they made someone better.”

“One of the key components of the Ready and Resilient Campaign is the emphasis on personal responsibility to ensure Soldiers are doing the right thing for themselves and their battle buddies,” said Lt. Col. Doug Johnson, director, III Corps and Fort Hood Ready and Resilient Campaign. “The Soldiers being recognized today really exemplify that. It is their job, but they are going above and beyond – they are taking a personal interest in their Soldier’s well-being.”

From a squad leader taking personal time to mentor a Soldier after their service, to first sergeants following through on the constant promise of being anywhere to help a Soldier that calls at any hour, those recognized fulfilled their responsibilities and more by utilizing programs and services available to all Soldiers.

Programs with embedded behavioral health teams, along with facilities, such as the resiliency campus here on post, all work together to improve quality of life. R2C makes it easier for Soldiers and leaders to utilize these programs and facilities.

“The Ready and Resilient Campaign is a systemic program, overarching existing programs focused on the long-term health and care of Soldiers, Family members and DA (Department of the Army) civilians,” Johnson said. “You have all these organizations all focused on helping Soldiers, and R2C is the overall organization that synchronizes and coordinates the efforts.”

While the R2C works to tie all the available programs into a single streamlined system, those programs depend greatly on the individual.

“It’s a system of systems, team of teams all made up of people because people are our most important commodity,” Martin said. “We have to take care of them so they are ready to go when our nation calls so we can fulfill the security requirements. While we are home or while we are away, ... Soldiers will face adversity from time to time, so we train them to deal with that so they can bounce back and continue to do the mission they are asked to do.”

According to the program website, the Ready and Resilient Campaign integrates and synchronizes multiple efforts and programs to improve the readiness and resilience of the Army Family – Soldiers (active duty, Reserve, National Guard), Army civilians and Families through a holistic, collaborative and coherent enterprise to increase individual and unit readiness and resilience.

Ready, as described by a program flyer, can be defined as the ability to accomplish assigned tasks or missions through resilience, individual and collective team training and leadership. Resilience is the mental, physical, emotional and behavioral ability to face and cope with adversity, adapt to change, recover, learn and grow from setbacks.
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