Value Based Living
CAMP Humphreys, Republic of Korea – Approximately 20 Soldiers with 2nd Infantry Division learned what it means to have a healthy mind, body, and soul while attending the Warrior Resilience Workshop on 25 Feb. at the Ready Resilient Performance Center.
“The workshop is held to promote holistic health,” said Capt. Joseph Dragonetti, 2nd Infantry Division psychiatrist and Monroe, Connecticut native. “There are topics on leadership professional development, effective leadership. Our presentations are led by our Behavioral Heath team, chaplain, and public health, sometimes even ACS and a Finance (representative) will come in.”
The three-day workshop started Feb. 22 and ended on Feb 26.
“This is the fourth Warrior Resilience Workshop,” said Dragonetti, “The first ones were held in Area One and Area Three. There has to be at least 20 participants for us to have the workshop.”
Soldiers and the Behavioral Health team introduced themselves by giving fun facts about their lives and going over the Army Values.
“I always wanted to be a Soldier, but not only wanted to become one; I wanted to help them at the same time,” said Capt. Pamela Holtz, behavioral health officer in charge and Indianapolis, Indiana native, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade. “I received my Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Texas. Also, I completed my internship and residency at Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis McChord.”
During the seminar, Holtz asked for a volunteer to approach the board and write the Army Values. Then asked the participants if they applied any of the seven core standards to their everyday lives.
They were to think about the question and write down their top three. The top three values would be their core values, the ones which critically guide the individual’s behavior.
Holtz asked a question, “Would you shoot your azimuth or read your map when going into the woods?”
The Warriors went silent as they all pondered the question.
“You have the potential to get lost going into the woods without reading your map or shooting your azimuth,” said Holtz. “If you do these two things you will get a general direction of where to go. You will not stand directly on top of your degrees, but you will meet points along the way, which will take you there. Values are the same way they are there to guide your behavior and movements to get you to the person you want to be.”
As she finished the allegory Soldiers began raising their hands to explain what values they cherish.
Many mentioned tactfulness, open-mindedness, compassion, wisdom, relationship, trustworthiness, reliability and commitment.
The Soldiers shared the values they want to embody to help them become their ideal-self.
One-person valued bravery, it was pointed out there are many ways to look at bravery.
“Being vulnerable with someone telling them how you feel is way to be brave,” said the Indianapolis, Indiana native.” “It is okay not to be okay, but no one should feel like there is nowhere to turn.”
The session encouraged participants to be open about themselves without fear or judgement.
“For me attending the Warrior Resilience Training Class, helped show me to learn and figure out who I want to be as a Soldier, and be a team player for my peers,” said Pfc. Tavian Washington, 2nd CAB plans and operation specialist and Tifton, Ga., native.
One must embody their core values to be integrated together. In other words, one must know who they are and who they desire to be. Once these two parts are pieced together then one can be truly whole.
The Warrior Resilience Workshop will start on a quarterly basis this spring, which gives Soldiers four times a year to ‘woo-saa’, so remember there is help, don’t be afraid to reach out. There is someone waiting for you at 315-737-5177 2nd Infantry Division, 315-737-5069 1st Signal and rotational units and 315-737-5668 Eighth Army and 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade.