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Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 4:30 am

Soldiers from Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade, took to Belton Lake on Aug. 27, after a six-month deployment to Kuwait.

The soldiers kayaked along a 6-mile course as part of Fort Hood’s Warrior Adventure Quest, Army’s post-deployment reintegration training designed to present soldiers with an alternative to the dangerous behavior typically associated with post deployment.

“It’s the Army’s holistic approach to reset,” said Sgt. 1st Class William Hall, the noncommissioned officer in charge of Fort Hood’s Warrior Adventure Quest.

This event gives returning units a chance to get an adrenaline rush in a controlled way.

Leaders in the returning unit lead the activities. The event not only gives the soldiers an exciting challenge but also training to cope with the return home.

Before the soldiers set out on the lake, they go through a short class about resiliency. The class outlines ways to deal with the heightened adrenaline levels associated with deployments.

The stress of a deployment increases soldiers’ adrenaline levels, Hall said.

A Walter Reed Army Institute of Research study found soldiers are more likely to engage in high-risk activities after a combat deployment.

Some soldiers will still have a need to get their adrenaline rush, and those soldiers will seek their thrills in either a constructive or destructive way. The program attempts to provide them with a constructive way, Hall said.

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