News: 1st TSC leaders learn to ‘hunt the good stuff’
Story by Stephenie Tatum
FORT BRAGG, N.C. –The 1st Theater Sustainment Command leaders received hands-on training to better handle life’s ups and downs and learned new ways to help their soldiers during the Army’s Executive Resilience and Performance Course Feb. 6 at the 1st Special Troops Battalion headquarters here.
The proactive training program builds on self-awareness and gives leaders a better understanding of Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness, said Brian R. Wade, a Master Resilience Trainer-Performance expert at Fort Bragg’s Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Training Center.
The training also educates leaders about the skills their unit master resilience trainers learn during their training, as well as ways to empower them.
According to the CSF2 website, “MRTs serve as commanders' advisors for resilience training. Graduates of a 10-day course, these Soldiers, Army Civilians and Army spouses (statutory volunteers) are the only personnel authorized to conduct formal Resilience Training to members of the Army Family.”
Attendees were taught to ‘hunt the good stuff’ and reminded there is good and bad in every situation or event, but the difference is how a person views it. Wade explained that something as simple as taking a moment to write down three good things each day, no matter the size, can help a person improve their optimism, emotion and gratitude. It has been shown that this practice also leads to better health, performance and satisfaction in life, he said.
For many of the 1st TSC leaders, this was not their first time learning about Resilience Training, a part of Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness, which focuses on five areas of strength: physical, spiritual, social, family and emotional.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Rosemary Washington, a 915E - senior automotive maintenance warrant officer, 1st TSC Support Operations section, said she felt that training was worthwhile and will help her as an Army leader.
“This is my second class. I think it is great training and a useful tool to help me with my Soldiers,” said Washington, a native of Clark Air Base, Philippines.
Along with giving leaders insight into resilience training, the course offers them ways to lead by example and build rapport with Soldiers.
“As a leader, I always want to build trust with my Soldiers and this will help me with that,” said Washington, who has 25 years of service in the U.S. Army.
The three major components of CSF2, online self-development, training and metrics and evaluations, were also discussed.
New online self-development methods such as Global Assessment Tool 2.0, a mandatory self-assessment survey, asks respondents questions about their sleep, nutrition and activity was also featured during the training. Class attendees learned that after completing the GAT 2.0, users are then directed to Army Fit, a new social media platform where tools and resources are provided based on the GAT 2.0 survey results for anyone with a common access card to take ownership of their health.
Army Fit is in its infancy, going live just last month on Jan. 27, but CSF2 plans to add new features in the next few months. These features include: a personal activity tracking, geo-targeting to locate experts and resources in a user’s immediate area and improving virtual communities to incorporate local face-to-face group activities.
Other skills taught during the course were goal setting, energy management, how to avoid thinking traps, ways to provide active, constructive responses and the importance of ACRs and giving effective praise.
Capt. Tolulope Adeyemi, medical operations officer, 1st TSC Surgeon’s office, and native of Staten Island, N.Y. found the training useful and advises other leaders to take advantage of the learning opportunity.
“Overall the training was good and designed well. Hopefully, we all learned from it,” said Adeyemi, who has served in the Army for 16 years. “I found the part of active communication most useful. The other portions I found useful were recognizing soldiers for their roles in making things happen (mission accomplished) and the part of being able to bounce back. I will surely recommend this program to everyone.”
The executive-level course was introduced in 2013, and is available in four, eight and 16-hour versions. The class versions vary by the skills taught and intended audience, from company-level leaders to brigade and higher. CSF2 training centers can be found at 16 locations throughout the United States and the Army plans to open 28 more by the end of 2016. Mobile training teams are also available to support units that would like to receive training and learn more about resiliency.
For more information about the Army’s Executive Resilience and Performance Course, go to http://csf2.army.mil/. To schedule training, contact Fort Bragg’s Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Center at 910-908-4459.