FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- U.S. Army Garrison Fort Belvoir has been implementing the Army’s Ready and Resilient program since February and recently added a qualified Master Resiliency Trainer to the staff.
Sgt. 1st Class Thomas E. Tucker Jr.
Sgt. 1st Class Thomas E. Tucker Jr. was appointed Belvoir’s MRT noncommissioned officer in charge a month ago to be a focal point for the installation’s resilience program.
“My role on the installation is to act as a focal point for the resilience effort on post,” said Tucker. “I’m here to assist all the units on post with their resilience programs and making sure we are meeting the intent and guidelines of the Army Ready and Resilient Campaign.”
The main role of the MRT NCOIC is to assist MRTs in teaching resilience classes, getting course materials, and updating them on guidance updates from CSF2 or Headquarters, Department of the Army.
Tucker is also available to help MRTs with refresher training.
“We just help them fine tune and make sure they have all the regulatory guidance,” said Tucker. “It’s basically quality assurance.”
Standard Operating Procedures for what each unit’s resilience program should look like is currently being worked on that will be similar to Army directive 2013-07, according to Tucker.
“It will outlay the roles and responsibilities of MRTs, the commanders and will establish requirements for how many MRTs should be in every unit,” said Tucker. “It just spells out what a resilience program should look like.”
Two MRT conferences have been conducted at Fort Belvoir since Tucker’s appointment, the most recent on July 31. Tucker said he has been in contact with several of the MRTs who attended the last conference, and hopes to contact more.
“I’ve led classes with some of the current MRTs since the last conference,” said Tucker. “But we are still reaching out to commands that don’t have MRTs yet.”
Tucker is currently a respiratory therapist, and has been on active duty for 16 years. He wanted to become an MRT NCOIC because he feels it is one of the best programs the Army currently has.
“I love what the program stands for,” said Tucker. “It gives a lot back to Soldiers, their Family members and Department of Defense civilians in both their professional and personal lives.”
Though the number of MRTs on post is not where Tucker wants it to be, he knows the program is young and will improve over time.
“We need to reach out to more commands, but it’s a joint effort,” said Tucker. “So it’s something that takes time.”
Justin Creech, Belvoir Eagle staff writer