Hattiesburg, Miss. -- Senior leaders of the 158th Infantry Brigade recently attended the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) Executive Resilience and Performance Course conducted in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
The course is designed to provide leaders with the same resilience training their subordinates receive, and to inform leaders of effective methods to build strength within their organizations.
"It's about adjusting the way we think, the way we feel, and what we do, so that the impact that we have parallels the outcome that we are going for," says Dr. Randye Williams, the course's lead instructor.
The 16-hour course included topics such as; Hunt the Good Stuff, Active Constructive Responding, Avoiding Thinking Traps & Confirmation Bias, and Energy Management.
"This audience asked some very good questions," said Williams. "It seems that everyone there is getting something they can use in their lives."
The course material was not only presented to Soldiers of the 158th Infantry Brigade, it is also presented to attending spouses.
The Army's CSF2 campaign formally began in mid 2013 to improve the physical and psychological health and resilience of Soldiers, their Families, and Department of the Army Civilians.
"This is worthwhile stuff," said Lt. Col. Mark Gaworski, 158th Infantry Brigade Family Readiness coordinator. "I can use this at work and at home."
The training was provided by members of the CSF2 Training Center mobile training team based at Fort Benning, Ga, one of several mobile training teams.
"Professional Military Education is necessary to professionally develop leaders at all levels, and to arm them with the proper tools to meet the challenges they will face," said Col. Paul Kreis, 158th Infantry Brigade Commander. "This also provides a consistent approach and language to ensure every person within our formation has the mental, emotional, and behavioral ability to cope with adversity, adapt to change, recover, learn and grow from setbacks."
First Army Division East, in partnership with the USAR and ARNG, advises, assists and trains Reserve Component Forces, in both pre and post mobilization through multi- component integrated collective training, in accordance with Army Total Force Policy, Department of the Army, FORSCOM and First Army directives in order to achieve ARFORGEN directed readiness requirements.