Third Infantry Division human resource training focuses on Soldier wellness
Lt. Col. Kevin Caesar, right, the head human resource officer for the 3rd Infantry Division, presents Mr. Keenan Gamble, left, the scholarship and enrollment officer for the Army ROTC program at Georgia Southern University, a certificate of appreciation for his contribution to the HR Soldier wellness training at Fort Stewart, Georgia, March 22, 2022. Soldier wellness training is part of the Army’s People First initiative to enable Soldier readiness to fight and win the nation’s wars. (Courtesy Photo) (Photo Credit: Courtesy) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT STEWART, Ga. – The 3rd Infantry Division human resource Soldiers conducted Soldier wellness training from March 21-24 at Fort Stewart. This training was selected specifically for its emphasis on taking care of Soldiers. The training also built resilience and improved focus and creativity for the HR Soldiers, making them better able to support Soldiers and build unit readiness.

“The training was necessary to challenge how Soldiers think,” said Lt. Col. Kevin Caesar, head of HR for the 3rd ID. “HR professionals in their daily duties receive and process numerous Soldier-related concerns.” To improve Soldier support, Caesar directed the training center on Soldier wellness.

The training began with the 3rd ID finance office informing Soldiers about the saving deposit program. Then a representative from the Army Community Service program discussed personal finances, benefits of the Thrift Savings Program and the importance of effective home station administration when Soldiers are deployed forward.

In addition, Mr. Keenan Gamble, the scholarship and enrollment officer for the Army ROTC program at Georgia Southern University, talked to attendees about the Green to Gold Scholarship program and submission requirements. According to GoArmy.com, “The Green to Gold Active Duty Option Program is a two-year program that provides eligible, Active Duty enlisted Soldiers an opportunity to complete a baccalaureate degree or a two-year graduate degree and earn a commission as an Army Officer.”

The last day of training included a visit from the 3rd ID behavioral health team to discuss their role in supporting Soldier wellness.

“A lot of beneficial resources were shared during the training,” said Staff Sgt. Krystal Carter-Russell, a division-level HR noncommissioned officer. “In the feedback session on the last day, I said this sort of training should done every so often so HR Soldiers get the most out of the Soldier wellness resources, which will better enable them to support Soldiers in the Marne Division.”