• Sgt. James Whetstone, a Physical Readiness Training instructor for the Wellness Fusion Campus, receives a body composition test on the InBody520 at Milam Gym, March 7, 2012. The machine is so accurate that it can give the individual weight of each limb, as well as body-fat and water-weight percentages, said Lt. Col. Leonard Q. Gruppo Jr., dean of the WFC. As per Army Regulation 600-9, commercial body composition machines are not authorized for formal use with the Army Weight Control Program. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Edward A. Garibay, 16th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

    100 percent fitness, wellness tests for new Fort Bliss Soldiers

    Sgt. James Whetstone, a Physical Readiness Training instructor for the Wellness Fusion Campus, receives a body composition test on the InBody520 at Milam Gym, March 7, 2012. The machine is so accurate that it can give the individual weight of each...

  • Sgt. Michael Hankins, a Physical Readiness Training instructor for the Wellness Fusion Campus, leads in-processing Fort Bliss Soldiers to perform the Turn and Lunge, one of the exercises used in PRT, at Milam Gym, March 7, 2012. All Soldiers who in-processes through the Welcome Center are given instruction through the WFC on the proper execution and implementation of the PRT program. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Edward A. Garibay, 16th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

    100 percent fitness, wellness tests for new Fort Bliss Soldiers

    Sgt. Michael Hankins, a Physical Readiness Training instructor for the Wellness Fusion Campus, leads in-processing Fort Bliss Soldiers to perform the Turn and Lunge, one of the exercises used in PRT, at Milam Gym, March 7, 2012. All Soldiers who...

  • Soldiers in-processing to Fort Bliss attend a class on resilience at the Wellness Fusion Campus, March 7, 2012. Resilience, which is the ability to mentally handle difficult situations, is one of the main focuses of the WFC. In fact, their slogan is "Resiliency Begins with YOU!" (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Edward A. Garibay, 16th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

    100 percent fitness, wellness tests for new Fort Bliss Soldiers

    Soldiers in-processing to Fort Bliss attend a class on resilience at the Wellness Fusion Campus, March 7, 2012. Resilience, which is the ability to mentally handle difficult situations, is one of the main focuses of the WFC. In fact, their slogan is...

  • Pfc. Chad Vaneck, a wheeled-vehicle mechanic who recently in-processed at Fort Bliss, answers questions for a scientifically developed questionnaire at the Wellness Fusion Campus March 7, 2012. The questionnaire is designed to identify Soldiers' strengths and problem areas in an effort to provide them with the most accurate and personalized assistance. The survey anonymously compares data from all participants and develops a profile of normal answers for a Soldier, said Lt. Col. Leonard Q. Gruppo Jr., dean of the WFC. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Edward A. Garibay, 16th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

    100 percent fitness, wellness tests for new Fort Bliss Soldiers

    Pfc. Chad Vaneck, a wheeled-vehicle mechanic who recently in-processed at Fort Bliss, answers questions for a scientifically developed questionnaire at the Wellness Fusion Campus March 7, 2012. The questionnaire is designed to identify Soldiers'...

  • A sign located at the corner of Cassidy Rd. and Jeb Stuart Rd. contains the locations of resources available at the Wellness Fusion Campus. The WFC provides services year-round to Soldiers, Families and civilian employees. It is the first resource of its kind and will hopefully set an Army standard for resilience, said Lt. Col. Leonard Q. Gruppo Jr., dean of the WFC. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Edward A. Garibay, 16th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

    100 percent fitness, wellness tests for new Fort Bliss Soldiers

    A sign located at the corner of Cassidy Rd. and Jeb Stuart Rd. contains the locations of resources available at the Wellness Fusion Campus. The WFC provides services year-round to Soldiers, Families and civilian employees. It is the first resource of...

FORT BLISS, Texas -- Since January, every Soldier who in-processes at Fort Bliss must complete a full Comprehensive Soldier Fitness evaluation, with a physical fitness assessment and body composition test, at the Wellness Fusion Campus located near the corner of Cassidy Rd. and Jeb Stuart Rd.
The WFC, which is a compilation of installation resources such as Army Community Service, Milam Gym and Integrative Medicine, works with the Welcome Center to provide a seven-day course built to strengthen and evaluate Soldiers in the Five Pillars of CSF -- emotional, family, physical, social and spiritual.
At the end of it, Soldiers receive a three-page report including an evaluation of their ability to perform within the Physical Readiness Training program, a body composition reading as measured by a $7,000 sensor and a list of organizations to help Soldiers with specific issues identified by a scientifically developed questionnaire. A copy of the report is also forwarded to the receiving commander, but no punitive action will be taken against the Soldier because of it, said Lt. Col. Leonard Q. Gruppo Jr., dean of the WFC.
"This is just to help people have an honest assessment of where they're at," said Gruppo referencing the report. "We want to let people know what areas they're being challenged in and plug them into the help that's available on post."
Additionally, in-processing Soldiers are taught the fundamentals of PRT, the newest standard of Army fitness as outlined in Training Circular 3-22.20, and are given basic resilience training, which is a series of mental techniques used to build mental toughness and overcome adversity.
Gruppo said building resilience, in particular, is one of the most important functions of the WFC. The principles taught by Master Resiliency Trainers are the same principles that have been utilized by successful people for millennia.
"I think going through this will make me a better leader," said Pfc. Chad Vaneck, a wheeled-vehicle mechanic talking about his recent in-processing experience at Ft. Bliss. "It teaches me the PRT; it teaches me the leadership skills. Everything is centered and made for the Soldier."
The WFC, a first-of-its-kind resource, provides all of these services and more to Soldiers, Families and civilian employees at any time in an effort to build resilience on post. The Ft. Bliss community can enjoy a range of amenities on the WFC including one-on-one personal training, group psychotherapy, financial counseling and even use of the body composition sensor. More information and appointments can be obtained by calling 915-568-3489.
"Our goal is to have the most fit, healthy, resilient community in the world,"
said Maj. Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard, commanding general of 1st Armored Division and Ft. Bliss.
The hope is for Ft. Bliss to create a new standard for Soldier resilience and to not only bring a WFC to East Bliss, but to spread the program Army-wide, said Gruppo.
"This is all part of building a culture of resiliency at Ft. Bliss," said Gruppo. "If you take this stuff to heart, you can really improve your life -- you can optimize your life."

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