The 82nd Special Troops Battalion hosted a Resiliency Fair at Dahl Gym, May 18, to provide Soldiers information about what services are available to them on Fort Bragg.
The fair encompassed the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program, that is designed to ensure that Soldiers are well-rounded in the areas of physical, spiritual, emotional and social health.
“A lot of times Soldiers think that they only need to be physically strong in one area and that makes up the total concept of the Soldier,” said Staff Sgt. Gabriel Price, 82nd STB master resiliency trainer and Tupelo, Miss. native.
“You have to be socially, emotionally, financially, as well as physically prepared to achieve total comprehensive Soldier fitness,” he said.
“I think these fairs are huge information outlets that help not only younger Soldiers, but even Soldiers who have been in the Army for a number of years,” said Sgt. Matt Edwards, a wheeled vehicle mechanic with the 546th Transportation Company and Sioux Falls, S.D., native. “A lot of people don’t know about these programs, but here the information is provided for them.”
Representatives from numerous installation agencies set up booths to inform Soldiers of their services. In keeping with the CSF concept, Soldiers were able to obtain information for topics such as financial readiness, housing, wellness training, childcare services, and safety.
“Attending an event like this is more appealing to most Soldiers,” said Spc. Darrel Lewis, a wheeled vehicle mechanic with the 546th Trans. Co. and St. Louis, Mo. native. “Rather than being forced to attend specific briefs that might not apply to certain Soldiers, here Soldiers can go to the programs that are most relevant to them.”
Soldiers who attended the event picked up flyers, brochures and pamphlets for a wide range of programs to help them maintain readiness in all areas of life. The representatives also provided contact information.
The safety booth was popular and featured information on safe riding techniques for the brigade’s motorcycle enthusiasts.
Also displayed were riding helmets that had been cut open to show what they were made of and how effective they would be in a crash.
“The safety guys put out a lot of good information,” said Lewis. “They are here to help make sure that, overall, everyone is being safe, whether it be while riding a motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle, or whatever activity they might be doing,” he said.
“This is a huge resource tool for both senior leaders and squad leaders,” said Edwards. “It gives them a chance to get their Soldiers the information they need in a more readily available and easy manner,” he said.