Team offers resilience to deployed troops
Master Sgt. Michael Martin and Maj. Christina Dean, 38th Sustainment Brigade resiliency Soldiers, perform a skit about communication during a resiliency expo at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, April 6, 2013. The skit outlined how the lives at home and abroad are handled and addressed through communication.

Story by Sgt. 1st Class Tina R. Eichenour, 38th Sustainment Brigade

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - Service members currently deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, have a unique resource to help with the five pillars of resiliency, a diversified resiliency team.

The 38th Sustainment Brigade Resiliency Team doesn't only manage a center for troops to gather and relax, but also trains service members on resiliency throughout all stages of their deployment.

The team works at the Zone 6 Resiliency Center, which provides a space for service members to enjoy a cup of coffee, a movie, a book, care package items and even massage chairs.

"We maintain 18 hour daily operations, and offer a variety of activities such as movie nights, game nights, yoga classes, and visits with animals," said Master Sgt. Michael Martin, 38th SB master resilience trainer. "We provide personal hygiene items, snacks, coffee and various other items. There are massage chairs, TVs, video games, books and other amenities at the center."

The team also focuses on the spiritual and emotional pillars of resiliency by offering alternative services for troops, such as mental and emotional guidance and counseling.

"In addition to our resiliency staff, the center also houses many other helpful personnel such as chaplains, sexual assault response coordinator, sexual harassment and assault response and prevention representative, and an equal opportunity adviser," said Martin.

Throughout the deployment, the resiliency team has provided important training to the 38th Sustainment Brigade Headquarters Company and other units within the brigade. The training has included classes on suicide prevention, reintegration skills for troops returning home, and resilience training assistant courses.

"For the resilience program, Master Sgt. Martin and myself work to provide all mandatory, unit-level resilience program training," said Maj. Christina Dean, 38th SB resilience officer in charge and sexual assault response coordinator.

The resiliency center and team continues to provide services and opportunities for service members to build on their own resiliency.

"I think the soldiers that partake in the Resiliency Center services are getting a sense of personal resilience that covers the five pillars of resilience, family, physical, spiritual, social, and emotional, through our ongoing support of their needs in a proactive, up-front manner," said Dean. "We offer various resources to soldiers that are available to them throughout Camp Arifjan, but we also offer them with ways to relax, improve their communication skills, and to network with others while stationed here."

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