• Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. speaks with Fort Hood Soldiers and family members at the Spiritual Fitness Center on Fort Hood, Texas. Casey toured the Resiliency Campus which includes programs to enhance resiliency for the mind, body and soul.

    Casey tours Fort Hood's Resiliency Campus

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. speaks with Fort Hood Soldiers and family members at the Spiritual Fitness Center on Fort Hood, Texas. Casey toured the Resiliency Campus which includes programs to enhance resiliency for the mind, body and...

  • Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. outlines the importance of keeping resilient Soldiers and families in the Army, during a press conference July 28, on the Fort Hood, Texas.

    Casey holds press conference to outline need for resiliency

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. outlines the importance of keeping resilient Soldiers and families in the Army, during a press conference July 28, on the Fort Hood, Texas.

  • Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., observes a Battle Field Ethics class in the Spiritual Fitness Center at Fort Hood, Texas, on July 28, 2009.  Casey was visiting Fort Hood and other Army facilities to examine what local commands are doing to help Soldiers and their families deal with the challenges being asked of them.

    CSA at Fort Hood

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., observes a Battle Field Ethics class in the Spiritual Fitness Center at Fort Hood, Texas, on July 28, 2009. Casey was visiting Fort Hood and other Army facilities to examine what local commands are...

FORT HOOD, Texas (July 28, 2009) Aca,!" After eight tough years at war the Army is taking steps to build more resilient Soldiers and families, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. said during a visit to Fort HoodAca,!a,,cs Resiliency Campus today.

Aca,!A"The more resilient they are, the better off theyAca,!a,,cre going to be, not just as Soldiers but as men and women,Aca,!A? Casey said.

Fort HoodAca,!a,,cs Resiliency Campus provides the tools and resources to help Soldiers and their families with spiritual, behavioral and physical fitness.

As Casey toured the postAca,!a,,cs Resiliency Campus, he met with Soldiers and families to get their feedback.

Aca,!A"I wanted to see what was out there and what weAca,!a,,cre doing right,Aca,!A? Casey said. Aca,!A"I was really impressed.Aca,!A?

CaseyAca,!a,,cs visit came as the Army is preparing to launch Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, a program designed to build mental, spiritual and physical fitness in Soldiers, families and civilians. The program is projected to launch Army-wide in October, Casey said.

Although the Army has had pre- and post-deployment training and assistance programs, Comprehensive Soldier Fitness and Resiliency Campus illustrate leadersAca,!a,,c shift toward assessing and preventing problems.

Aca,!A"Most of the things we were doing, we were doing after Soldiers already had a problem,Aca,!A? Casey said. Aca,!A"We were light on assessing and educating.Aca,!A?

The Resiliency Campus mirrors Comprehensive Soldier Fitness goals and was developed under the leadership of III Corps and Fort Hood commander Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch to prevent many of the problems Soldiers and their families struggle with.

Aca,!A"You come here when you are well,Aca,!A? Casey said. Aca,!A"There is no stigma.Aca,!A?

Fort HoodAca,!a,,cs Resiliency Campus is open now, but more services and programs are being implemented. The projected grand opening of the campus is in mid-September.

Lynch and senior leaders have solicited input and feedback from Soldiers and spouses to ensure relevant and needed services, programs and activities are available.

The post has included the ArmyAca,!a,,cs youngest family members by hosting teen and youth forums to measure what Army children need and want from the campus.

Teen Lorissa Carns attended a youth forum and was at the campus on Tuesday.
Aca,!A"ItAca,!a,,cs very cool to see the ideas we brought forward a couple of weeks ago being implemented today,Aca,!A? Carns said.

Some of the ideas garnered include rock climbing walls, yoga classes, Wii gaming systems, and Cross Fit training at the Wellness Center. Also in the Wellness Center, Soldiers and families can pursue smoking cessation classes, biofeedback and nutritional counseling.

At the Cognitive Enhancement and Assistance Center, financial classes and Military Family Life Consultants are available.

The Spiritual Fitness Center provides all faiths a place to gather for small group or individual meditation, Battlefield Ethics classes and access to a chaplain 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The centers and the headquarters building are centrally located for all-around fitness. Soldiers, family members and civilian employees are welcome.

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