The Commander’s Ready and Resilient Council is part of an Armywide effort to build resiliency in the workforce.
The CR2C process is designed to help senior commanders accomplish this mission through targeted health and resiliency activities to enhance and support enduring personal readiness throughout the total Army.
Redstone Senior Commander Lt. Gen. Donnie Walker chaired the council meeting May 18 at Bob Jones Auditorium with leaders from organizations across Redstone.
The CR2C team – led by Garrison Commander Col. Glenn Mellor, Fox Army Health Center Commander Col. Roberto Cardenas, Army Materiel Command’s Command SurgeonCol. Marc Hultquist, and Bryan Copeland, community readiness and resilience integrator for the installation – participated in the meeting, informing Walker on third quarter updates.
They heard working group reports from Behavioral Health, Family and Social Resiliency, Physical Health, and Spiritual Resiliency. Unit health promotion team members and subject matter experts from tenant organizations also provided feedback.
Copeland said Redstone having the council update in a face-to-face setting after years on a virtual platform allows participants a better opportunity for sharing information.
“With many of the COVID-19 restrictions removed, wellness professionals can actively share wellness initiatives with tenant leaders and other participants. We can now have open dialogue in-person to discuss health and wellness trends,” Copeland said. “Our team will continue to raise awareness on current efforts and future initiatives that they will be working on to support the program. The senior commander used information from these discussions, along with past practices and other historical data to set his priorities for our team. WG leads have also established metrics within their platforms to measure progress and success in meeting our goals. The senior commander approved our team’s priorities based off the CSTA assessment. Next is the process of developing a strategic plan review and approval that is based off the four health and wellness pillars and approved CR2C priorities.”
Topics discussed during the update included teleworking, behavioral health resources, SHARP and family advocacy program initiatives, religious support activities, Digital Garrison app, commissary and exchange services, FMWR programs, physical fitness programs, installation improvement projects, Redstone Community Resource Guide/Base Guide, headquarters Department of the Army quality of life priorities (housing, health care, child care, spouse employment, PCS moves, support and resilience and suicide prevention) and the results of the Community Strengths and Themes Assessment survey held at Redstone.
Walker thanked participants for their feedback and acknowledged the CR2C council’s effort.
“You can value the importance of this event by virtue of who’s participating in this meeting today. Initially, I wanted to use this platform as a way to get updates and feedback from the tenant organizations, but it has become more than that,” Walker said. “Don’t be in the receiving mode. We need your feedback to make Redstone Arsenal better for all of us. It’s about the dialogue. We don’t want to be the only ones talking,” Walker said. “It’s all about taking care of people. There’s no one in this room that doesn’t want to do that. This forum had come to a standstill, but a lot of you have put us back on track. Bryan Copeland and the CR2C working group teams have helped reutilize this program. We’ve got a way’s to go, but we are in a heck of a lot better place than we were when I assumed the position here as Redstone senior commander.”
Copeland received a Certificate of Achievement and commander’s coin from Walker as a sign of gratitude for a job well-done for his efforts supporting the CR2C team.