Brigade combines resiliency, adventure training to enhance Soldiers' transition

By Sgt. 1st Class Christopher DeHart, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
Dec. 22, 2010

ANSBACH, Germany – Spc. Richard Bau from the operations section of U.S. Army Europe’s 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, rushes the opposing team during a round of paintball as part of Warrior Adventure Quest and resiliency training, on Bismarck Kaserne at Katterbach Army Airfield here Dec. 8. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Christopher DeHart)
ANSBACH, Germany – Spc. Richard Bau from the operations section of U.S. Army Europe’s 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, rushes the opposing team during a round of paintball as part of Warrior Adventure Quest and resiliency training, on Bismarck Kaserne at Katterbach Army Airfield here Dec. 8. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Christopher DeHart)

ANSBACH, Germany -- Resiliency training instructors with U.S. Army Europe’s 12th Combat Aviation Brigade at Katterbach Army Airfield here have taken a pair of tools designed to help Soldiers recover and reintegrate after returning from deployment and combined them to come up with a new way of building troops’ mental and physical capabilities.

The resiliency training is designed to build adaptation skills and ease the transition back to life at home and in garrison, while Warrior Adventure Quest engages Soldiers returning from deployment in high-adrenalin activities such as mountain biking, paintball, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing or snowboarding, to provide them with a safe outlet for post-deployment tensions.

The brigade’s 412th Aviation Support Battalion served as a beta test of a combination of the brigade’s resiliency training program with the Warrior Adventure Quest program, explained Master Sgt. Luis Arzadon, a 12th CAB master resiliency trainer.

Arzadon said trainers coordinated with Outdoor Recreation officials conducting paintball competition as part of WAQ, to offer segments of their master resiliency training before and after Soldiers battled on the paintball course.

The sergeant said combining the programs “really brings it (the resiliency training) home.”

“We have found through our beta testing that [the two programs are] actually compatible,” he said. “So far it has been very, very successful. 412th has been the spearhead of the beta testing and they have actually proved that this method of delivery works very, very well. We have … at least 150 to 200 Soldiers who have gone through here, just for that one model.”

Spc. Richard Bau of the 12th CAB’s operations division, said the WAQ activities offered a challenge, as well as a good workout, fun, and – in the case of the paintball session – a chance to use combat skills.

One of Bau’s operations division colleagues agreed, and said offering the program more often would  be a benefit to units.

“The Warrior Quest program is excellent,” said Maj. Scott Menking, the operations division’s plans officer-in-charge. “The training is physically challenging and also a lot of fun. I think units need to incorporate this more often, and not just after redeployment.”