Katie Copeskey, a master resilience trainer-performance expert at the Fort Hood Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Training Facility, takes notes during a resilience trainer assistant course Feb. 11.

U.S. Army/Sgt. John Couffer

Soldiers assigned to the 1st “Ironhorse” Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, took part in the Resilience Trainer Assistant Course at Fort Hood’s Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Training Facility from Feb. 11 to 14.

The program defines resilience as the ability to grow and thrive in the face of challenges and bounce back from adversity.

“Being resilient is a process, it’s a destination,” said Sgt. 1st Class Joel Ahmann, master resilience trainer and operations noncommissioned officer assigned to the facility headquarters. “It’s not something you just naturally have and through learning the simple skills master resilience offers (soldiers) can be more resilient and be able to deal with life’s adversities, regardless of how small or how great it is.”

Spc. Richard Gomez, a cavalry scout assigned to the brigade’s 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment, said the training is important because it teaches soldiers how to help fellow teammates deal with stress stemming from the pace at which today’s Army operates.

Katie Copeskey, a master resilience trainer-performance expert who has been working at the facility for more than three years and who works with Ahmann agrees with how this training helps in dealing with stress.

“We can’t avoid those adversities, we can’t avoid those challenges.” Copeskey said. “They’re coming anyway, so why not have a better way to problem solve, why not have a better way to self-regulate?”

Copeskey said this training adds to the master resilience trainers already in place across the Army by giving them additional individuals to aid them in teaching unit classes and bring other aspects of resilience to light.

During basic training, soldiers receive training to aid them in their careers and resilience training adds to what they already know.

“Any tools that we can give to soldiers to better themselves, why not give them those tools to better themselves to deal with life as a whole, whether it’s on the battlefield, in garrison or at home,” Ahmann said.

Gomez said he intends to share this knowledge with his leaders and peers to show how it can help them be more optimistic and better deal with adversities at hand. Gomez concluded with how he wants to emphasize that this training shows how the Army is helping take care of and maintain the most important resource, its soldiers.

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