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Posted: Wednesday, July 8, 2009 12:00 pm | Updated: 8:11 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

By Amanda Kim Stairrett

Fort Hood Herald

Leaders from units across post got a firsthand look at the Fort Hood Resiliency Campus early last week when Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch and the campus' commandant took them on a walking tour of the site.

Lynch, III Corps and Fort Hood commander, has long said that the Army spends too much time trying to fix soldiers and families after they're broken and not enough time keeping them from breaking. They will be more resilient if they are spiritually, emotionally and physically fit, he said June 30.

The Fort Hood Resiliency Campus is a place where soldiers and families can get the help they need to do just that: develop resiliency from within.

It's a combination of preparing the body, mind and spirit, said Col. Bill Rabena, the campus' commandant.

Leaders were given a tour and information so they can go back to their units and tell their soldiers what is available to them. The campus is home to a Wellness Center in Building 12019 and 12018, where soldiers and their families can get nutrition and physical health information. This includes classes on nutrition and diets, which participants can then apply in the building formerly known as Raider Gym. The workout area will include a climbing wall, Tai Chi and yoga classes, massage therapy and fitness equipment.

The Cognitive Enhancement and Assistance Centeris in Building 12020 and includes the Army Center for Enhanced Performance (ACEP), Army Financial Assistance and Military Family Life Consultants.

ACEP "works to develop the full potential of participants using a systematic process to enhance the skills essential to the pursuit of personal strength, professional excellence and the Warrior Ethos," according to information from the campus. It offers participants classes in confidence building, goal setting, attention control, energy management and college preparation.

Army Financial Assistance includes programs on financial planning and budgeting, insurance, credit analysis, spending advice and Army Emergency Relief.

Military Family Life Consultants are not new to Fort Hood, but Lynch wanted them on-site at the campus. The consultants are licensed clinical counselors who provide short-term, situational counseling services to soldiers and their families, according to information from the campus. They help to develop life skills like communication, parenting and conflict resolutions, and also focus on military-specific issues like deployment stress and reintegration.

The final piece of the Resiliency Campus is the Spiritual Fitness Center. Fort Hood's 33rd Street Chapel was renovated to include meditation and reflection areas, Internet cafe and library. It is an "ideal sanctuary of individual discovery empowering participants with the tools to pursue individual happiness and life fulfillment," according to information from the campus.

Soldiers can visit the center to take battle mind classes or counseling for discouragement, stress, disillusionment, cynicism, anger and ethical issues. The campus is a place to go for a young soldier who is living in the barracks and wrestling with demons that come with preparing to deploy or just returning from a deployment, Lynch said.

The campus is not a place to go for a church service, Lynch and Rabena emphasized, but a place where one can become more spiritually fit.

Classes and programs are already under way at the Resiliency Campus, but Rabena said he hopes it to be fully operational and "vibrant" by mid-September. For more information on the campus, call (254) 285-5693

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