By 1st Lt. Leroy Foster
Commander of C Company, 1-24th
FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - Soldiers from C Company, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, participated in the Army’s Ready and Resilient Campaign, also referred to as “R2C”, Nov. 18 – 22. The Ready and Resilient Campaign integrates and synchronizes multiple efforts and programs to improve the readiness and resilience of the Army family.
R2C Week began for the 1-24th and the rest of U.S. Army Alaska with a leader terrain walk through of the support services located on Fort Wainwright. Commanders, first sergeants, platoon leaders, and platoon sergeants met with staff members at the Outdoor Recreation Center, Army Substance Abuse Program, Army Community Services, Behavioral Health, and the Family Life Center. The purpose of the terrain walk was to familiarize Army leaders with the support systems available on-post, so that they can better connect soldiers to these resources.
“The terrain walk was really informative,” said Staff Sgt. Christopher Nelson, a platoon sergeant with C/1-24th. “I think it was important for us, as leaders, to tour the facilities and meet the people who provide support for our soldiers. Everyone I met with genuinely cared about soldiers.”
For the rest of the week platoon leaders and platoon sergeants led discussions with their soldiers about developing resilience, suicide prevention, combating alcohol and substance abuse, and maintaining healthy families.
“I like that the Army wants to make us better all-around soldiers,” said Private First Class Vincent Amell, a medic with C/1-24th. “These classes really drove the message home that whenever we face challenges, there is support for us here on Fort Wainwright.”
The 1-24th concluded the week with a football tournament. Despite the cold, soldiers looked forward to competing and hopefully coming home with a trophy.
“This is what it’s all about,” said Staff Sgt. Jacob Corcoran, a squad leader with C/1-24th. “We’re creating a positive atmosphere for soldiers to relax and unwind in healthy ways. There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to bring us closer together as a unit.”