CAMP ZAMA, Japan (Jan. 30, 2014) -- Female Soldiers from Camp Zama learned how to "get back in the fight" during an open forum in conjunction with the U.S. Army Garrison Japan's female mentorship program held Jan. 29 here.

The forum was split into two groups comprised of those ranked specialist and below in one group, and sergeant and above in the other.

Sgt. Maj. Carlisie Jones, sergeant major of U.S. Army Medical Command Japan, was the guest speaker for the senior leaders' group.

Jones discussed different programs to help female Soldiers recondition their bodies and safely return to duty following a physical fitness profile.

"Soldiers ... we never take enough time to take care of ourselves," said Jones.

Soldiers, Jones continued, are always so focused on the mission that they sometimes forget what is most important in that variable, which is themselves. It is important for leaders to be actively engaged in preparing their Soldiers to be mission-ready, Jones said.

Participants talked about things that contribute to the failures of getting back to the mission. Things such as time in service, prolonged deployments, not participating in physical training, reconditioning methods used, and medical profiles were mentioned by forum members.

Jones previewed a series of slides that detailed a physical reconditioning program that can be used to combat the failures mentioned during the forum.

Jones wrapped up the session by reminding the leaders of the mentoring tools discussed during the forum to help encourage them to "keep their Soldiers in the fight."