FORT KNOX, Ky. -- The commander of the largest Department of Defense law enforcement organization visited with nearly 400 Soldiers from the Army Reserve's 290th Military Police Brigade who participated in a two-week Performance Triad program here.
Army Reserve Maj. Gen. Phillip Churn commands more than 14,000 Soldiers living in 44 States. He is the commanding general of the Army Reserve's Fort Meade, Maryland-based 200th Military Police Command.
The Performance Triad is a comprehensive plan designed to improve readiness and increase resilience through public health initiatives and leadership engagement.
The focus of the Performance Triad is on Sleep, Activity, and Nutrition - key actions that influence health in the "Lifespace" of time that isn't spent with a health care provider.
"It is important for each and everyone of our Soldiers that are participating in this and their families to know that we are talking about a lifestyle changing event," said Churn. "It does not end here."
"Family is a very intricate part to the success of the Soldier in this program," said Churn. "This is where our leadership comes in to reach out to the family members and draw them into this program and get them to buy in for the Soldier."
Churn received a personal readiness device along with the Soldiers who participated in the triad that helps them track their nutrition, exercise and sleep.
"This is a team effort," said Churn. "I am going to become a part of this; my command sergeant major is going to be a part of this. We are all in this together."
Churn talked with Soldiers and told them that the triad program is about how the Army is trying to find ways to improve the quality of life for them and their families.
"It is about taking care of Soldiers," he said. "This readiness device is another tool we can use to take care of Soldiers."
Soldiers who participated in this two-week event learned how these three key areas of health played into their overall wellbeing and success. They learned it was more than the Army's standard of physical fitness but an entire lifestyle change for their family's success as well.
During the triad, Soldiers were given armbands, websites, apps and access to resources to educate them importance proper exercise, nutrition and the right amount of sleep to be healthy.
"I learned that originally these Soldiers came here with the mindset to get off the height and weight program and get in compliance with the Army standard," said Churn.
"But instead they learned the building blocks for overall health, and the mindset of punishment went away and they opened their eyes to real goals and lifestyle changes," he said.
Churn told the triad staff goals are what Soldiers need. He said that if people have something they are working towards, then it is another powerful tool in the process of success.
"We are the trailblazers for this program," said Churn. "Though we may be new at this, we still owe it to them and their families to ensure they are successful."
"My hats go off to the 290th MP Brigade staff and their Soldiers for the outstanding work, dedication and commitment they have put into this program," said Churn. "But it does not end here. There are amazing Soldiers here doing great things to change their lives these past two weeks. Therefore we must carry this forward."
The program was developed so that the Soldiers will take the knowledge they learned, the goals they have set and the instruction and guidance of the leadership set before them home to their families.
"Stronger, healthier families, equals a stronger healthier Soldier," said Churn. "Our return investment will be a Soldier who has continued with the program, learned a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families and is the stronger Soldier that we need to carry on the missions of the Army."