• FORT HOOD, Texas--Pfc. Michael Selman, Queens, N.Y. native, a fire direction specialist for Battery B, 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade climbs a rock wall at Boulders Sports Climbing Center in Harker Heights, Texas, during a battalion spiritual fitness training event, Jan. 11. Selman was able to scale the wall and ring the bell at the top.

    FORT HOOD, Texas--Pfc. Michael Selman, Queens...

    FORT HOOD, Texas--Pfc. Michael Selman, Queens, N.Y. native, a fire direction specialist for Battery B, 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade climbs a rock wall at Boulders Sports Climbing Center in Harker Heights, Texas...

  • FORT HOOD, Texas--Pfc. Sean LoSavio, a multiple launch rocket systems crewmember for Battery B, 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade repels down a wall at Boulders Sports Climbing Center in Harker Heights, Texas, during a battalion spiritual fitness training event, Jan. 11. The spiritual fitness training event was the first time some of the Soldiers had a chance to work with one another.

    FORT HOOD, Texas--Pfc. Sean LoSavio, a multiple...

    FORT HOOD, Texas--Pfc. Sean LoSavio, a multiple launch rocket systems crewmember for Battery B, 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade repels down a wall at Boulders Sports Climbing Center in Harker Heights, Texas, during a...

  • FORT HOOD, Texas--Spc. Chris Welter, a medical specialist for the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade test out the Dino Jump wall at Boulders Sports Climbing Center in Harker Heights, Texas, during a battalion spiritual fitness training event, Jan. 11. The Soldiers worked with professional rock climbers throughout the day.

    FORT HOOD, Texas--Spc. Chris Welter, a medical...

    FORT HOOD, Texas--Spc. Chris Welter, a medical specialist for the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade test out the Dino Jump wall at Boulders Sports Climbing Center in Harker Heights...

  • FORT HOOD, Texas--Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade participated in group team-building activities at Boulders Sports Climbing Center in Harker Heights, Texas, during a battalion spiritual fitness training event, Jan. 11. One of the stations was the ball in the bucket were Soldiers had to throw the ball in the air and catch it without the ball touching the ropes or the floor.

    FORT HOOD, Texas--Soldiers with the 1st...

    FORT HOOD, Texas--Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade participated in group team-building activities at Boulders Sports Climbing Center in Harker Heights, Texas, during a battalion spiritual fitness...

  • FORT HOOD, Texas-- Pfc. Shawn Campbello, Vancouver (left), Wash. native, 575th Forward Support company, 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade and Pfc. Donald Collins, Clearwater, Fla. native,  races to the top of a rock wall at Boulders Sports Climbing Center in Harker Heights, Texas, during a battalion spiritual fitness training event, Jan. 11. Campbello reached the bell before Collins.

    FORT HOOD, Texas-- Pfc. Shawn Campbello...

    FORT HOOD, Texas-- Pfc. Shawn Campbello, Vancouver (left), Wash. native, 575th Forward Support company, 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade and Pfc. Donald Collins, Clearwater, Fla. native, races to the top of a rock wall...

  • FORT HOOD, Texas-- Pfc. Donald Chellette, Copperas Cove, Texas native, a multiple launch rocket systems crewmember for Battery B, 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade climbs through a rock wall at Boulders Sports Climbing Center in Harker Heights, Texas, during a battalion spiritual fitness training event, Jan. 11. More than 40 Soldiers were able to take part in the training event held at Boulders.

    FORT HOOD, Texas-- Pfc. Donald Chellette...

    FORT HOOD, Texas-- Pfc. Donald Chellette, Copperas Cove, Texas native, a multiple launch rocket systems crewmember for Battery B, 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade climbs through a rock wall at Boulders Sports Climbing...

  • FORT HOOD, Texas-- Pfc. Michael Selman, Queens, N.Y. native, a fire direction specialist for Battery B, 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade climbs a rock wall at Boulders Sports Climbing Center in Harker Heights, Texas, during a battalion spiritual fitness training event, Jan. 11. During the training event, the Soldiers worked on team building.

    FORT HOOD, Texas-- Pfc. Michael Selman, Queens...

    FORT HOOD, Texas-- Pfc. Michael Selman, Queens, N.Y. native, a fire direction specialist for Battery B, 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade climbs a rock wall at Boulders Sports Climbing Center in Harker Heights, Texas...

HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas--Several First Strike Soldiers along with the help of their battalion chaplain and his assistant, made small work of some oversized boulders while showing the true strength of their combined spiritual fitness.

Forty Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade took on the challenges at Boulders Sport Climbing Center located in Harker Heights during a battalion spiritual fitness event, Jan. 11.

Spiritual fitness is a display of individual characteristics needed in stressful times on the battlefield or during the rigors of day-to-day life. Spiritual fitness is also one of the five dimensions of the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program which was launched Army-wide in 2009.

Because spiritual fitness is an aspect of a Soldier's life that is utilized on a daily basis, Soldiers continue to train and develop this characteristic.

"We put on spiritual fitness training events to build-up the moral in Soldiers, increase teamwork, and overall make up the comprehensive soldier," said Capt. David Ravenscraft, Cincinnati native, battalion chaplain for the 1st Bn., 21st FA Regt. "It's important to develop Soldiers in all areas, but the spiritual fitness aspect of Soldiers can keep them moving when times get tough.

During the training, Ravenscraft quoted Napoleon Bonaparte--'The strongest weapon a Soldier has is his spirit.'

"If a Soldier's spirit is broken, he will not be able to complete his mission," said Ravenscraft. "When a Soldier's spirit is strong, he can reach new heights."

During the training event, some Soldiers conquered fears and reached new heights while climbing the various rock walls.

"This is my first time climbing and I think it's a great idea that my unit is willing to do something like this," said Spc. Alvin Greenwood, Beech Island, S.C. native, petroleum specialist for 575th Forward Support Company, 1st Bn., 21st FA Regt.

While the training event helped Soldiers expand upon their spiritual fitness, it also served another purpose.

"We have Soldiers from all the batteries in the battalion," said Spc. Gabriel Figueroa, Adjuntas, Puerto Rico native, a chaplain's assistant for the 1st Bn., 21st FA Regt. "Normally, these Soldiers wouldn't get the chance to work with one another unless we're in the field or deployed. So this training provides an opportunity for all the Soldiers to get together. It's important for Soldiers throughout our battalion to know one another and work with each other. I believe in what the bible says 'two ropes together are stronger than just one rope.' If all the Soldiers in the battalion were pieces of rope and we continue to train together, then if we ever deploy, we would be a lot stronger."

Although the Soldiers attended a spiritual fitness training event, Ravenscraft said that the Soldiers do not have to be religious to attend the event.

"This training is about more than a Soldier's religious background," said Ravenscraft. "We're here to develop individually, but more importantly, as a team."

Throughout the day the Soldiers worked on multiple climbing drills, team building exercises, and toward the end of the day they were able to do some free climbing and repelling.

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