ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. - Joint Munitions Command (JMC) established a Commander's Ready and Resilient Council (CR2C) Enterprise-wide to reinforce the Chief of Staff of the Army's top priority: People. JMC's CR2C provides Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians and Families with the ability to sustain personal readiness posture and remain resilient by integrating and synchronizing wellness efforts and actions across the JMC enterprise. CR2C allows commanders to assess the progress of Ready and Resilient (R2) efforts, as well as improving individual and unit readiness and resilience.

JMC recognizes the emerging need for synchronized R2 efforts to address critical requirements identified through various assessments. In a coordinated effort, Headquarters CR2C Functional Working Groups (consisting of R2 Subject Matter Experts) and installation commanders conduct installation site visits to evaluate R2 program effectiveness, identify trends, and share best practices. Enabling enterprise collaboration allows JMC to use an open forum to strategically implement R2 programs, enhancing command climate, promote resiliency, reduce risk and improve the quality of life for the JMC Family.

"During our installation site visits, we develop a strong partnership with our installation commanders," says Sherrie Newman, Headquarters, JMC Wellness Coordinator, and CR2C Functional Working Group member. "Providing wellness education and aligning resources between headquarters and installations helps JMC Soldiers and Civilians improve their overall health."

JMC embraces resiliency by enhancing the command's climate for physical, psychological, spiritual and emotional health improvement. Identifying current and future potential risks allows the JMC enterprise to intervene and lead efforts for support services, enabling people to take control over and improve their quality of life, health, wellness and well-being.

McAlester Army Ammunition Plan (MCAAP) Commander, Col. Shane Upton said, "The potential gain for MCAAP and JMC employees with focused CR2C is outstanding. Ongoing efforts to expand wellness opportunities and continued education of the workforce on what Army and community programs are available directly improve our employees' resiliency."

Leveraging R2 programs allows Commanders to take a holistic approach to enhance JMCs readiness by promoting professional and personal responsibility, accountability and resiliency education. JMC continues to lead CR2C efforts, facilitating a cultural change within the enterprise by directly linking personal resilience to readiness, while reinforcing Army values and supporting the Warfighter.

Army Ready and Resilient is the Army's strategy for strengthening individual and unit personal readiness and fostering a culture of trust. Resiliency is an important component of personal readiness and effective leadership. Resiliency is the ability to face and cope with adversity, adapt to change, recover, learn and grow from setbacks. Resiliency is the ability to grow and thrive in the face of life's challenges, and it is an important component of personal readiness and effective leadership.

The Army is improving programs and policies to assist commanders in strengthening Soldiers and enhancing personal resiliency.