Resiliency graduates join the ranks of change agents
October 26, 2011
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Learning to bounce back from life's setbacks is the new motto for 46 resiliency trainee graduates who earned certificates of completion at Fort Stewart's Marne Garden, Oct. 20. As part of the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, resiliency training focuses on five core competencies of self awareness, optimism, mental agility, strength of character and connection.
Choosing to speak directly in front of the graduates rather than behind a lecturn, Third Infantry Division Commander, Major General Robert "Abe" Abrams said, "Those of you who are graduating are now certified change agents for Stewart-Hunter. Your task is to share the skills learned in your everyday life at home and on the job." He added that previous graduates have categorized the training as life changing and that his favorite core competency is optimism."Simply put, is the glass half full or half empty," Maj. Gen. Abrams asked.
He asked graduates to individually share their thoughts on the course with him while receiving their certificates.
"The course personally helped our marriage and allow us to communicate better," said Family Member and Family Readiness leader, Beth Lillibridge.
"I took away lots of problem solving skills that will help me with the FRG, my marriage and Family life."
"This course helps you identify your character strengths and helps you build upon them," added Spc. Joseph Lillibridge of 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 3rd Inf. Div. "That is something just as important for being here (garrison) and deployed. It's a good thing."
Resiliency training alumnae completed four modules and 13 units of instruction designed to empower them and enhance the lives of their Families, co-workers and customers they serve. Moreover, the training symbolizes the Army's commitment to building strong minds and bodies.
Master Resiliency Trainer Becky Sellars said, "The commitment that the Army has made in providing this course is excellent. We are all helping and supporting each other, which is what we were doing, now we are enhanced."
The next four day resiliency training is scheduled for Nov. 15-18 at Hunter and Dec. 12-15 at Fort Stewart. Soldiers, Family Members and Civilians are strongly encouraged to attend the training. For more information, contact 912-767-5058.