Spouses from the 4th Sustainment Brigade attended a Deployment Fitness Day at the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Training Facility last month. The event included resiliency and wellness training, a physical fitness overview and information regarding deployment assistance stress and financial assistance.

The training is provided as a service to help spouses prepare for upcoming deployments and provide awareness of the facilities available to them free of charge.

Staff Sgt. Paul Bradshaw, of the brigade’s 4th Special Troops Battalion, gave a brief overview of the Master Resiliency Training Program informing the spouses of the opportunities available to them and the possibility of them becoming instructors for the program.

Master Resilience Training offers strength-based programs and positive psychological tools to aid soldiers, leaders, and their families in continuing to grow and thrive as they learn to adapt and overcome the challenges that occur during a deployment.

“It’s a means to be more self-aware of your thoughts and emotions and how to regulate those emotions, and whenever you see those negative thoughts and emotions come along you can take control and change them to be more productive,” Bradshaw said. “It is important for our spouses because not only do our soldiers need to be resilient but the families need to be resilient as well, with all of the challenges they face in life like deployments.”

The training continued with a tour of the Applied Fitness Center, where they were shown demonstrations of TRX workouts as well as how to use the equipment for the rock wall, weights and cardio machines. Yoga classes are provided, and all use of the facilities and equipment are free of charge for the families.

Vicky Wells, the brigade readiness support assistant, helped host the event. She said these programs are important because the spouses are left to take care of everything on their own. The programs and facilities offer the spouses and their families an outlet to endure stressful times.

“At times families don’t know where to go and how to help themselves and that’s why we’re bringing them here,” Wells said.

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