All-Improving Passing Rates for the Sling Load Test

Improving Passing Rates for the Sling Load Test

During the recent Light Fighter School Air Assault Course at Fort Drum, New York, Soldiers from across the 10th Mountain Division used enhancement techniques to focus on attention to details and identify deficiencies when completing the course’s sling load test.

A Master Resilient Trainer-Performance Expert from the Post’s R2 Performance Center led Soldiers through a series of classes focused on new techniques to identify deficiencies and detect shortcomings during an operation, the OODA loop (observe, orient, decide, act), and exercises on Imagery and Memory Hacks. The training assisted Soldiers in passing the course with a 90% graduation rate and earning their coveted Air Assault Wings.

All-Army Women’s Softball Team Practice Mental Training Skills

All-Army Women’s Softball Team Practice Mental Training Skills

During recent practice sessions, coaches from the All-Army Women’s softball team recruited R2 Performance Experts to educate Soldiers on Deliberate Breathing, Cohesion, and Goal Setting amongst other mental training exercises at Fort Campbell.

Soldiers were taught mental skills in the classroom and during practice in preparation for the Armed Forces Softball Tournament. Learning to handle pressures from competition on the field and building a stronger team environment applies to the sport and Army life. Discussions on the value of culture and exercises on how to overcome the 5 dysfunctions of a team were key components of the training. The team was strengthened with new skills in developing trust, accountability, and team cohesion, and utilized them while winning a bronze medal at the Championship.

Secretary of the Army Observes Confidence Performance Course at Fort Jackson

Secretary of the Army Observes Confidence Performance Course at Fort Jackson

During a recent visit to Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth observed confidence performance and resilience training with Echo Company 3-13 Infantry.

A fan of R2 training, Secretary Wormuth watched as a Performance Expert led Soldiers through a series of classes to include Identifying the Four Sources of Confidence (personal experience, physical state, vicarious experience and persuasion), Training Performance Criteria, Identifying Their Why, and Deliberate Breathing. The Soldiers implemented what they’d learned to successfully complete the challenging confidence course, a significant milestone during Basic Combat Training.

Building Trust Prior to Deployment

Building Trust Prior to Deployment

Flying and maintaining AH-64 Apache Helicopters require a team effort. In preparation for deployment, leaders from Delta Company, 227th Aviation Battalion reached out to Fort Hood’s R2 Performance Center to conduct team-building exercises.

During the company’s Leader Time Training, Soldiers completed physical and mental stations that focused on increasing trust, enhancing communication, and bolstering leadership development. After the stations were complete, Performance Experts from the center debriefed each group, discussing how their experience related to working together to accomplish their mission.

DENTAC Sinks Teeth into Resilience Training

DENTAC Sinks Teeth into Resilience Training

Soldiers and Civilians from Fort Stewart’s Dental Command, or DENTAC, participated in a series of mental skills training opportunities aimed at improving team cohesion in the workplace.

Each dental clinic took part in two different training sessions. During the first session, Performance Experts (PEs) assigned to Fort Stewart’s R2 Performance Center introduced sport and performance psychology concepts and distributed the Multidimensional Assessment of Teamwork in Sports (MATS). The MATS questionnaire was used to gain clearer insight into the dimensions of each clinic allowing the PEs to tailor follow-up team cohesion workshops to fit the specific needs of each clinic. After scoring each individual questionnaire, a second training was delivered to each clinic focusing on specific areas of team improvement that could be positively impacted by the incorporation of mental performance enhancement skills. During the month-long series of workshops, the DENTAC teams engaged in a wide range of performance-specific discussions that both increased their team cohesion and ability to provide services to the Fort Stewart community.

3-8 CAV Tackles Obstacle Course

3-8 CAV Tackles Obstacle Course

Troopers from Fort Hood’s 3-8 CAV Squadron completed a physically and mentally demanding obstacle course as part of the People First Focus Week, or PFFW. The week focuses on building cohesive teams through trust, standards, and accountability.

To complete the obstacle course, Troopers worked in teams to successfully navigate three stations that challenged them both physically and mentally. Unit leadership worked closely with Performance Experts (PEs) from Fort Hood's R2 Performance Center to design the course. PEs observed the teams as they worked together to execute the task and debriefed the teams’ experience at the end. Completing the course reinforced the importance of teamwork and the idea that each member of the team is an asset that impacts unit readiness and lethality.

6th LOD Finds in Favor of Resilience

6th LOD Finds in Favor of Resilience

Over 200 Soldiers attending the 6th Legal Operations Department Annual Conference at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) participated in resilience training to strengthen their physical and mental wellbeing.

Based on feedback from last year’s conference, Performance Experts from JBLM’s R2 Performance Center led Soldiers through a series of classes and exercises that provided insights into how their thoughts affected their emotional and physical responses, how to effectively combat the negativity bias which affects ascertaining an accurate picture of events, and the basic neuroscience of the brain. Soldiers also learned how to use a deliberate thought process to focus on positive goal setting and prevent creating blind spots and focusing on the wrong goals.

PEs Support Cadet Summer Training

PEs Support Cadet Summer Training

ROTC Cadets from around the country come to Fort Knox, Kentucky every summer to go through Cadet Summer Training, or CST, several weeks of rigorous exercises that challenges them both physically and mentally.

Performance Experts (PEs) from Fort Knox’s R2 Performance Center, and PEs from other installations, work right alongside the Cadets providing vital skills training to assist them with successfully negotiating and completing each task. If the challenge is going off the rappel tower, PEs are there to provide tools for visualizing or talking through rappelling down the wall. ACFT at 0400? PEs are there providing insights on energy management and other skills to aid in passing the test. Whether the challenge is Land Navigation, dealing with CS gas, completing the confidence course, or excelling in a leadership position, PEs are providing support wherever and whenever Cadets are training.

Performance Enhancement Training to Improve ACFT Sores and Increase Overall Health and Wellness

Jumpmaster Candidates Learn Memorization Skills

Alaska-based paratroopers jumped at the chance to add mental performance skills to their kit bags in preparation for attending the rigorous Jumpmaster School at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Performance Experts (PEs) from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s R2 Performance Center provided training on enhancing memorization, test and note-taking strategies to aid in increasing Soldiers’ ability to execute pre-jump commands from memory and to increase scores on the nomenclature and written exams. PEs also taught mental performance skills to address the high cognitive load and stress present during the Jumpmaster course.

>Mental Fitness Course During PT and Collaboration with H2F Team

Mental Fitness Course During PT and Collaboration with H2F Team

At 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, R2 collaborated with the Holistic Health and Fitness strength coaches to create a physical training plan, specifically incorporating two cognitive lanes to score and rank top performers among participating lieutenants.

R2 skills trained included attention control and energy management. The team was later invited to the unit’s “Saddle Call” and was recognized with a certificate of appreciation for its efforts and support in training the paratroopers. Directly following this training, the Commander and Performance Expert coordinated and planned additional R2 performance training sessions for 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment.

Effective Communication Crew Coordination

Effective Communication = Crew Coordination

Effective communication is vital to the trust, teamwork, and crew coordination needed to fly Chinook helicopters. Soldiers of the 2/501st Aviation Battalion conducted team-building physical training led by Performance Experts (PEs) from Fort Bliss’ R2 Performance Center aimed at enhancing these skills.

The PEs separated the unit into small teams to complete separate tasks that helped the entire unit solve a final puzzle. Each time a team completed a task successfully, they were given a clue needed to complete the final puzzle. The unit was given a time deadline to complete each task, acquire all clues, and communicate to solve the final puzzle together. Teams needed to rely on trust and communication that their battle buddies on separate teams were doing their part to enable the unit to successfully complete the mission.

Victory Starts Here

Best Sappers Use Mental Skills to Win

The Best Sapper Competition is tough. It’s meant to be. It not only challenges the competing teams’ physical strength and tactical skillset, but also their mental toughness and resilience.

Based on the results of previous competitions, the 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion teamed up with Fort Campbell’s R2 Performance Center to provide skills training on deliberate breathing, control the controllables, teamwork/communication, and positive imagery. During the month prior to the competition, the battalion’s four teams integrated the skills training into their morning physical training regimen alternating physical and mental challenges. The results were impressive: the 2021 Fort Campbell Best Sapper winning team and three of the top 20 teams were all from the Bull-Strike Battalion.

Victory Starts Here

Victory Starts Here

As part of Fort Jackson, South Carolina’s Military Spouse Appreciation Day (MSAD), the Post’s R2 Performance Center shared the services available to Family Members, specifically spouses.

Insights into available resources included: Academic Performance Training, Expectation Management, Mindsets, Team Building, Master Resilience Trainer Skills, Stress Management/Energy Management, other Performance Enhancement skills and training, and Engage. The MSAD, hosted by Fort Jackson’s Commanding General and Command Sergeant Major, emphasizes the importance of spouses, different types of marriages, and the roles and impact of spouses on military service.

Performance Skills are Range Qualified

Performance Skills are Range Qualified

To maximize weapons qualification success for Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) U.S. Army Japan (USARJ) Soldiers, the commander asked the USARJ R2 Performance Center to provide Performance Skills training during recent M4 and M9 weapons qualification at Camp Fuji, Japan.

Soldiers were provided training in Energy Management, Building Confidence, and Attention Control. Sixty-eight Soldiers from other units including the 35th Combat Support and Sustainment Battalion, I-Corps Forward, USARJ Band, and members from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Bilateral Co-Operative Exchange Program also took advantage of the training leading to a day of successful weapons qualification ranges.

R2PC Supports US – Japan Co-Op Exchange Program

Effective Communication Help Saves Lives

Effective communication between personnel involved in a vehicle roll-over, whether in training or combat, can make the difference between life and death. Soldiers from the 78th Signal Battalion conducted training in the HMMWV Egress Assistance Trainer (HEAT), which simulates conditions that occur during a vehicle roll-over.

Performance Experts (PEs) from U.S. Army Japan’s R2 Performance Center provided training on the importance of managing expectations, skills to maintain composure, the value of watching other groups execute the roll-over battle drills, and team communication. Groups that worked closely with the PEs were able to exit the vehicle in a timely, efficient manner, with zero injuries, highlighting the importance of communication skills in an emergency.

R2PC Supports US – Japan Co-Op Exchange Program

R2PC Supports U.S. – Japan Co-Op Exchange Program

The USARJ R2 Performance Center collaborated with the Strategic Effects Division of U.S. Army Japan to provide Leadership Training for 10 Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) Leaders participating in the Co-Op exchange program.

Class 100 of the Co-Op program received training on effective coaching, providing effective feedback, and motivation. The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity for JGSDF Officers and NCOs to improve bilateral relations, enhance English comprehension skills, learn about the U.S. Army and American culture, get familiarized with U.S. Army doctrine and techniques, and educate U.S. Army Japan NCOs and Officers about Japan and JGSDF. The long-running program is celebrating its 26th year.

SRU Band Rocks Mindfulness

USARJ Preps for ACFT

The Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) challenges Soldiers both physically and mentally. To assist Soldiers in succeeding on the ACFT, the leadership of Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) U.S. Army Japan (USARJ) reached out to their local R2 Performance Center (R2PC) for customized mental skills training.

R2PC Performance Experts taught Soldiers strategies to structure physical training (PT) to be more enjoyable, develop a growth mindset about physical training, and how to craft a mental game to distract themselves from counter-productive thoughts during challenging exercises including solving a combination lock puzzle while holding a plank. HHC USARJ plans to incorporate future iterations of the training with the company’s PT program to provide Soldiers both the physical and mental skills and toughness needed to not just pass but excel on the ACFT.

SRU Band Rocks Mindfulness

FSU Tackles Metacognitive Obstacle Course

In preparation for Cadet Summer Training (CST), 109 Florida State University ROTC Cadets completed a challenging metacognitive obstacle course created by Master Resilience Trainer-Performance Experts (MRT-PE) from Fort Stewart’s R2 Performance Center (R2PC). The obstacle course included an introduction to mental skills training and five stations that included a physical task, as well as a more challenging mental task.

The course induced stress and frustration by adding additional rules and creating an atmosphere of ambiguity. After completing the course, the MRT-PEs led an in-depth debrief linking three topics, confidence, concentration, and composure, to the obstacles the Cadets endured. To enhance the lessons learned on the course, Cadets participated in classroom discussions on the Thought-Performance Connection: how to use thoughts more effectively and increase confidence, how to shift attention from distractions to targets by using cue-words, and techniques to increase or decrease energy activation based on any given performance, including priming emotions and deliberate breathing. These tools will enhance the Seminole Cadets ability to complete this summer’s CST.

SRU Band Rocks Mindfulness

Green Thumb Resilience and Purpose

With Spring in the air, Soldiers in Transition (STs) from Fort Bragg’s Soldier Readiness Unit (SRU), with help from the installation’s R2 Performance Center (R2PC), revived the SRU’s dormant Gardening Program. STs spent a day rebuilding two gardening beds and planting flowers and plants in the unit’s courtyard. STs will monitor and provide upkeep of the gardens and have plans to construct two more beds.

The program’s goals include instilling a sense of purpose and providing formal and informal opportunities to integrate skills on Goal Setting, Communication, Mindfulness, Energy, and Connection in an outdoor setting. Without a sense of purpose, STs can suffer from behavioral health issues or physical ailments that often prolong their recovery. Hands-on activities such as gardening can provide a much-needed sense of purpose and build resilience.

Going forward, a collaborative effort between the Fort Bragg R2PC, the Cape Fear Botanical Garden, and the North Carolina State Agriculture Department will bring in Master Gardeners to provide lectures on gardening and growing plants to provide opportunities for ST’s who are hoping to make farming part of their life and career after transitioning from the Army.

SRU Band Rocks Mindfulness

Saddle Up! For Resilience

Fort Riley’s 1-4 CAV conducted a Spur Ride to build esprit de corps and resilience within squadron members. A long-standing tradition among U.S. Army Cavalry units going back to a time when they were horse-mounted, Spur Rides challenge Soldiers, known as Troopers in the CAV, to overcome a series of mental and physical challenges before they can earn their spurs.

The 1-4 CAV’s Chaplain reached out to the post’s R2 Performance Center to incorporate resilience and performance skills during the ride. Performance Experts from the center provided instruction and feedback as part of the Mental Challenge Lane. Troopers were trained on Energy Management, Attention Control, Stress Management, and Communications skills aimed at helping them meet the different challenges and earn their spurs.

SRU Band Rocks Mindfulness

Steel Dragons Excel with Performance Skills

As the M109 Paladin’s maneuvered into position and the Fire Direction Center (FDC) finalized the computations for a fire mission, Soldiers from Charlie Battery 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery, utilized recently learned performance skills to prepare for this crucial mission. In preparation for the Battery’s Table XII Certifications, unit leadership requested skills training from Fort Hood’s R2 Performance Center (R2PC).

Soldiers learned techniques for Action Control, Energy Management, and Effective Communication. Each is vital to success during the highly fluid and dynamic training environment found during certification. Field Artillery units are required to shoot, move, and communicate on a continual basis and require clear and concise communication, particularly between the FDC and the gun line. A 24-hour mission, Table XII is intended to create a realistic, stressful training environment. Training from the R2PC on energy management allowed Soldiers to lower their anxiety and focus on their performance. When the call came down, “rounds complete,” the Steel Dragons of Charlie Battery were fully qualified and ready to perform their real-world mission.

Mental Skills Training Equal First Run Qualifications

“This is the first time in five years that all of Able Company had everyone qualify during their first run. seven total crews were distinguished, four crews shot superior, and one shot qualified,” according to Able’s commander Cpt. Zachary Ricketts. The foundation for April’s Gunnery success was laid month’s earlier when the company and platoon leadership reached out to Fort Hood’s R2 Performance Center (R2PC) to schedule training.

Tailoring the training for specific groups, Master Resilience Trainer-Performance Expert John Avritt delivered classes on Mental Skills, Goal Setting, Attention Control, and Mechanical and Motivational Cues. Transitioning from the classroom to the gunnery range, R2PC experts provided mini lessons on Deliberate Breathing, Imagery, and a review of Attention Control techniques. The results were impressive with every team qualifying on their first run and the Goons of 3rd Platoon scoring the highest average in the battalion; the only platoon to average distinguished. Third platoon bought-in to the skills training from the start and were rewarded for their focus. The 1-5 CAV commander Lt. Col. Neil Armstrong recognized the company’s efforts stating that they outperformed the other companies and that 3rd platoon stood out for their distinguished scores. Focused training that includes Mental and Performance Skills equals successful mission accomplishment.



SRU Band Rocks Mindfulness

SRU Band Rocks Mindfulness

Music filled the quad outside Fort Bragg’s Soldier Recovery Unit (SRU) as Soldiers in the unit’s Music Wellness skills development program celebrated the culmination of the 8-week course with an open-air concert. In addition to teaching musical skills, the program incorporates Mindset training taught by Master Resilience Trainer-Performance Experts from the installation’s R2 Performance Center.

Classes on Imagery, Mindfulness, and Academic Performance skills supplemented the musical skills development. Several Soldiers developed a strong sense of connection with the band, with one mentioning that the course helped with reintegrating into working with a group, a goal his therapist had encouraged him to pursue, and another hoping to continue to perform with others after transitioning from the Army. The 6th iteration of the program is currently underway.

Deliberate Breathing, Communication Equals Success During Platoon Live Fire

Deliberate Breathing, Communication Equals Success During Platoon Live Fire

Focusing on deliberate breathing techniques and communicating effectively helped the Soldiers of Alpha Troop, 2-7 CAV in successfully completing their platoon live fire exercises at Fort Hood. Identifying the stressful nature of the exercises, the Troop leadership requested on-site support from the installation’s R2 Performance Center (R2PC).

Prior to executing the event, Soldiers were given classes on communicating effectively, vital to success while conducting high-tempo operations. During the actual live fire, Soldiers were taught deliberate breathing techniques to bring their anxiety levels down, helping them to perform optimally and effectively. Troop leadership specifically highlighted the efforts of Fort Hood’s R2PC as an important component of the unit’s successful completion of the exercises and in for use in future operations.

Mental Skills Workshops Prepare Soldiers for Expert Infantry Badge and Expert Soldier Badge Testing

More R2-Trained EIB Candidates Earn their Badge than Those Without

In support of the 1st BCT 101 ABN DIV (AASLT) Expert Infantry Badge (EIB) and Expert Soldier Badge (ESB) train-up, Embedded Performance Experts (EPEs) from Fort Campbell’s R2 Performance Center provided mental skills training including energy management, attention/refocus techniques, imagery, and segmenting a task into smaller chunks - to decrease anxiety associated with a graded event.

During previous EIB/ESB iterations, the unit leadership had identified that mental skills training plays a role in a Soldier’s success at EIB or ESB. Incorporating the mental skills provided by the EPEs, the Soldiers identified areas and EIB/ESB tasks that may require mental skills to be successful and were given the opportunity to practice the skills with specific tasks such as land navigation, and weapons disassemble/reassemble. Following testing, data demonstrated that R2-trained candidates had a higher pass rate than those without. Most notably, R2-trained E1-E4 EIB candidates were twice as likely to earn their badge than those without R2 training.

Soldiers Develop Mental Skills for Special OpsNTC Readiness Road to War Program Helps Iron Soldiers Prepare for Tough Training

NTC Readiness Road to War Program Helps Iron Soldiers Prepare for Training

The National Training Center (NTC) Readiness Road to War Program provides leaders and Soldiers with mental and physical readiness skills in preparation for the high-intensity training conducted during a rotation to NTC. The program was developed in collaboration with Fort Bliss R2 Performance Center MRT-PEs, 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade Holistic Health and Fitness, and the 3-6 CAV Command Team.

Over the three-day program, Soldiers alternate between a one-hour physical readiness training with H2F SCC or H2F AT and a one-hour mental readiness training with MRT-PE, H2F OT, or H2F RD. During Mindset and Energy Management sessions, Soldiers participate in physically active challenges centered around the day’s topic, followed by a brief lesson, discussion activity, and strategies to take away. An informational handout including topics and strategies from all three mental readiness trainings throughout the week is provided on the last day of training.

Team-Building Event Helps Build Camaraderie Amid Isolation

The Fort Leonard Wood Ready and Resilient Performance Center assisted the 795th Military Police Battalion with a company-wide team-building event that was executed at the conclusion of their 14-day controlled monitoring phase due to the pandemic.

The event, coined “Hammer Drop”, was designed to showcase military platforms and equipment in hopes of sparking excitement while building camaraderie. The “Corporate” helium stick team-building activity was developed with three target areas in mind. The first target area was designed to teach teamwork along with resilience and performance enhancement skills. The second and third target areas involved observing trainees executing the exercise while the drill sergeants involved observed trainee communication, self-awareness, mindsets and character strengths. This event served to motivate Soldiers, thus giving them something to look forward to as they exited isolation and commenced their BCT training.

Soldiers Develop Mental Skills for Special Ops

The R2 Performance Center at Schofield Barracks in Oahu, Hawaii conducted performance training for 10 Soldiers preparing for Special Operations, Civil Affairs, and Psychological Operations Selection. SORB requested training to help Soldiers develop mental skills that will help them during preparation for selection at Fort Bragg for the different SORB specialty areas.

The Attention Control (Segmenting) skill was particularly emphasized because it is extremely effective for Soldiers to use during highly challenging physical activities of relatively long duration. Other R2 skills trained included deliberate breathing, proactive ATC, motivation, imagery, and mental cues.

Developing Mental Skills to Improve ACFT Results

1st Sgt. Stegman wanted to enhance his Soldiers’ Army Combat Fitness Test performance, so he worked with Ft. Drum’s R2 experts to set up a prep day with all 10 sections in the unit.

During the prep day, mental skills and techniques such as imagery (mind-body connection) and body awareness to help refine motor skills to lessen error range, were taught to help with the Deadlift and Standing Power Throw events of the AFCT. After skill application, a discussion took place about fighting against counterproductive attitudes how they can sabotage time and effort in the gym.

Team Building Through SOAR Training

Lieutenant Commander Matthew Scher, Battalion Commander of the 3-160th Special Operations Aviation Regimen, requested a team-building session with battalion officers combining the exploration of values while conducting challenging physical training.

New Interactive Course Helps Leaders Enhance Counseling Skills

Leaders at Fort Sill were concerned about issues contributing to low morale and lapses in discipline in their units. Thus, they reached out to Master Resilience Trainers-Performance Experts to teach the Counseling Enhancement Course, an interactive training designed to enhance how leaders counsel and improve their overall relationships with their Soldiers.

The course includes learning fundamental counseling techniques, resilience skills, and practical activities that are based on the skills outlined in ATP 6-22.1. Participants are involved in scenario-based counseling sessions for each skill, encouraging practical application of concepts while receiving ongoing feedback, and improving their understanding of human behavior.

Ft. Benning Conducts Leader Development Course

Master Resilience Trainer-Performance Experts from the R2 Performance Center at Fort Benning, Ga. conducted a Leader Development Course that focused on performance enhancement skills.

Soldiers could use to enhance the way they coach, teach, and mentor those they lead. The R2 skills trained included: mindset, philosophy of excellence, authentic performances, motivation, goal setting, effective praise, attention control, cue words/phrases, WIN, AIR, building confidence, reinterpreting pressure, purposeful thinking, selective perception, energy management, sleep, deliberate breathing, control the controllables, and Engage.

Army Europe Soldiers Learn Resilience Training Assistant Skills

VILSECK, Germany — Master Resilience Trainer-Performance Experts (MRT-PEs) Daren Koehler and Andrew Kantor, from the US Army Europe (USAREUR) Ready and Resilient (R2) Performance Center at Rose Barracks in Vilseck, Germany, conducted Master Resilience.

Trainer Resilience Training Assistant (RTA) Certification training with Soldiers of the 207th Military Intelligence Brigade using a virtual platform. Students learned the theory behind the MRT skills, conducted a practical hands-on exercise, and discussed what would be expected of students as RTAs and ways they can incorporate the MRT skills to enhance their readiness and resilience. The MRT-PEs have also been training Soldiers from various locations across Europe.

R2 Training Improves Communication, Leadership Skills

FORT HOOD, Texas — Embedded Performance Experts (PEs) joined Soldiers during a Brigade training exercise, Pegasus Forge V, to help sharpen communication between teams, develop leadership skills and maintain motivation while out in the field.

Battalion training activities included challenging missions such as Bradley dismounts, route clearance, maintenance and security. PEs observed and provided on-the-spot feedback, effective communication strategies and guidance on the negative effects of stress. Before going on the mission, Bradley crews practiced identifying potential threats and communicating those potential threats to leadership. Soldiers learned how deliberate breathing can help them regain composure and how to restore effective communication with the crew, as well as ways that PEs can help them with future training exercises. The R2 skills trained included: communication, energy management, and imagery.

Warrior Transition Unit Learns to Boost Positivity, Well-Being

FORT HOOD, Texas— Soldiers, cadre, and civilian workforce members from the Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) participated in a well-being initiative comprised of interactive workshops which began in November 2019. Performance Experts (PEs) from the R2 Performance Center taught attendees how to create and maintain healthy mental and physical habits, and effective life and coping skills.

The workshops help to support and accelerate the Soldiers’ recoveries and impact the effectiveness of their coping processes. Attendees reported feeling positive changes in their emotional states, saying they felt more determined, hopeful and optimistic following the training. The R2 skills trained included: motivation, goal setting (WOOP), fixed and growth mindsets, deliberate breathing, and cultivating gratitude (Hunt the Good Stuff).

Performance Enhancement Training Helps Tank Crews

FORT STEWART, Ga. — Master Resilience Trainer-Performance Experts (MRT-PEs) provided classroom performance training to 12 tank crews participating in the 2ABCT, 3rd ID gunnery training. The MRT-PEs supported crew simulated gunnery exercises, preliminary gunnery training and provided support during the live-fire M1A1SA Crew Qualification.

The gunnery included tank crews from 3-15 IN and 6-8 CAV. This brigade-level training allowed for a comparison between tank companies with and without Performance Experts (PEs). While causality cannot be determined, the company utilizing PEs averaged 63 points higher than those without support. In addition, the company receiving performance training had a significantly higher first-time qualification rate at 66% as compared to the company without performance training at 44%.

MRTs Utilize Bowling for a Unique Team Building Opportunity

FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The unit Master Resilience Trainers (MRTs) from 1st IO Command conducted monthly resilience training in a fun, creative way in conjunction with Master Resilience Trainer–Performance Experts (MRT-PEs) from the National Capital Region.

R2 Performance Center team. Fort Belvoir’s bowling center provided a unique opportunity to conduct a monthly training while instilling team building. The unit MRTs reviewed the resilience skills of Activating Event, Thoughts, Consequences (ATC), Real-Time Resilience (RTR), and Effective Praise and Energy Management. Soldiers were then divided into four teams where they competed against each other by lobbing counterproductive thoughts at other bowlers while themselves utilizing RTR to remain focused on their own bowling.

Team Building Exercises Help Soldiers Before the Holidays

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — R2 MRT-PEs at Camp Humphreys provided team building exercises to 70 Soldiers from 4th CBRN Company as a way to boost team dynamics prior to the holiday season; especially helpful for young Soldiers overseas for the first time.

Team tasks focused on trust, vulnerability, getting outside one’s comfort zone, belonging, coping with “uncontrollables,” and effective communication strategies. The company commander commented: "The exercises effectively addressed what first sergeant and I were looking to train: teamwork, espirit de corps, connectedness and leadership.”