Fort Bragg’s Master Resiliency Training leadership met Sept. 26 at the 82nd Sustainment Brigade dining facility to discuss the direction and support of its members.

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Colt and a host of speakers encouraged the leadership to be involved and take an active role in helping their members.

“For a lot of the master resiliency trainers this is an additional duty,” said Col. David Risedt. “If all they do is their primary job and don’t spend any time thinking like a master resiliency trainer, then they are missing an opportunity to affect their soldiers in a way the resiliency program was designed to do.”

Master Resiliency Training was developed in 2009 to give Soldiers the skills needed to bounce back from adversity, stress and trauma. The breakfast was an opportunity to highlight the importance of the program, as well as introduce other tools the leadership should be aware of to help Soldiers and their Families.

Lynn Olavarria, program manager for the financial readiness program, discussed the importance of financial stability.

“I’m here to let Soldiers know that there are a lot of options to help them manage their financial wealth,” said Olavarria. “I want to help Soldiers understand that their finances can be a stressor just like any other. If a soldier becomes financially unstable, they may lose their security clearance.”

While the majority of the meeting was used to network and find support amongst MRT peers, members also learned that the Fort Bragg Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness will be opening Master Resiliency Training to spouses Feb. 3 to 20. There will be three to five slots available. The 80-hour course will be conducted Monday through Friday.

Those who complete the course, among other duties, must:

Commit to two years as a resiliency trainer.

Assist with the coordination of training events and plan training based on the audience and time available.

Agree to teach at least one Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness skill per month and attend monthly meetings.

Be prepared to spend 8 to 14 hours per month with the program.

For more information about the program, call 908-4475.