FORT LEWIS, Wash.‚Äî More than 40 Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, will participate in an Army pilot program to help Soldiers discover healthy ways to cope with post-combat stress, by jumping from an airplane at 13,000 feet on Thursday at Kapowsin Airfield in Shelton.
Warrior Adventure Quest is a pilot program that pairs high-adrenaline group activities with the Army‚Äôs ‚ÄúBattlemind Training‚Äù to help Soldiers reintegrate into garrison life, and rebuild cohesive military units after deployment.
Fort Lewis‚Äô 4th Stryker Brigade Combat team, 2nd Infantry Division, is participating in the third and final test of the concept, before the Army evaluates the program for possible fielding Army-wide.
The Warrior Adventure Quest is based around adventure sports that challenge Soldiers to test their individual limits with the support of fellow Soldiers in a positive group environment. The activities also offer a positive outlet for Soldiers seeking an ‚Äúadrenaline rush‚Äù comparable to what they may have experienced while deployed.
Battlemind training consists of stories and object lessons that focus the reality of combat and normal human reactions to battle and other traumatic events. During an after-action review (AAR) following the activities, unit leaders correlate aspects of the day‚Äôs activities to the unit‚Äôs normal mission, and role-model healthy ways for their Soldiers to release residual post-combat stress, while reminding them of signs that Soldiers may need additional assistance returning to normal day-to-day routines.
The activities also facilitate the unit‚Äôs ‚Äúreset‚Äù process by bringing recent combat veterans, newer Soldiers, and veteran Soldiers who are new to the unit together in a morale-building activity that Soldiers can participate in as equals, enhancing overall unit cohesion.
Each battalion, as well as three brigade-level groups within the 4th Stryker Brigade, has selected 40-50 Soldiers to participate in an adventure-based activity this week. Each group chose between skydiving, bungee jumping, or white water rafting to participate in at no cost to the Soldiers.
A project team from the Army Directorate of Families and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and from the Office of the Surgeon General, is at Fort Lewis this week. The evaluators will mentor unit leaders during the events and Battlemind AAR process, and evaluate results.Print This Post