Warrior Adventure Quest is an Army initiative that offers resiliency opportunities to Soldiers.
Some WAQ activities include skeet/trap shooting, paintball, broomball, and indoor rock and Alpine Tower climbing, said James Day, business manager, Clay Target Center, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
It’s a recreation program for teambuilding that touches on resiliency, allowing Soldiers to reset from high-adrenaline activities, in a positive way, said Day. He recently helped Soldiers of Company B, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, with skeet/trap shooting as a WAQ event, Feb. 8. The 1st Bn., 505th PIR recently redeployed from downrange duty in Iraq.
Kennedy Dudek, a battalion Soldier, who was skeet/trap shooting for the first time, said it was a stress reliever.
“It’s a good way to get away from the everyday stressors of work, and brings the fun part of being in a unit … it’s a chance for us to come together and be happy” he said.
Fellow Soldier, Patrick Carter, agreed.
“I’ve never done it before, so it’s pretty exciting,” he said.
WAQ had previously been targeted for teambuilding pre-deployment and as a way to mitigate common risk behaviors post-deployment, but the program is now open to all units for participation.
The events are free and are funded through the U.S. Installation Management Command, Day said.
WAQ keeps Soldiers out of trouble and it keeps them out of the barracks, explained Keagan McDonald, recreation specialist, Clay Target Center.
“It gives them an out to show them that there is stuff around base that they can do and stuff that MWR actually has,” he said.
For more information about Clay Target Center, call 436-9489 or visit https://bragg.armymwr.com/us/bragg/programs/clay-target-center. For more information about Warrior Adventure Quest at Fort Bragg, call 643-4569 or visit https://bragg.armymwr.com/us/bragg/programs/warrior-adventure-quest.