Thoughts while working out in the gym
Maj. Gen. Dana J. H. Pittard,
1st AD and Fort Bliss Commanding General:
Sadly, we lost a Soldier to natural causes this weekend. SGT Shelton Williams, HHC, 72nd BSB, 212 FiB, died in the Sierra Providence Medical Center in El Paso last Friday due to complications related to lung cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his unit during this difficult time.
We had a close call this weekend when two Soldiers assigned to 2-1 AD were involved in a serious motorcycle accident on South Mesa Hills, El Paso. The Soldiers were traveling together on the same motorcycle, when they hit a bump in the road and lost control of the motorcycle. One of the Soldiers, who was not wearing a helmet, is in critical; but, stable condition.
No more close calls! Ride safely, pay attention to road conditions, observe the speed limits, and wear a helmet, gloves, and protective gear!
‘Fort Bliss’ Film Update
This past weekend, the entire Team Bliss and El Paso communities rallied around the filming of “Fort Bliss,” a major motion picture shot here on this installation.
The film would not be possible if not for the hard work of Bandit Troop, 2-13 CAV, 4/1 AD and their leadership. Our Soldiers worked day and night this past weekend to ensure the movie looked authentic. They really represented the Army and Fort Bliss with the greatest of dignity. Soldiers from 212th Fires Brigade also did a great job advising the production cast.
I really appreciate all of the Team Bliss families and El Pasoans that came out to the DAACG on an early Sunday morning to support the filming of the homecoming scene. The movie may be out in early 2014. More than 150 Team Bliss Soldiers will appear in the film. We look forward to opening night here at the Fort Bliss Grand Theater in the future.
Get Inside Your Head – Detect Mental Icebergs
You can enhance your resilience and effectiveness as a Warrior by using skills that build the competencies that contribute to mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual readiness. Our installation Master Resiliency Trainers from the Wellness Fusion Campus and Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness are constantly training our fellow Soldiers on resilience skills and goal setting.
The resilience theme of the month is “Detect Icebergs.” Icebergs are our core values and beliefs that are developed over the course of a lifetime. They are generally our guiding rules and principles of the world, ourselves, and people around us. People have many different Icebergs that lie hidden in our subconscious. They can lead to counterproductive emotions or reactions.
All of our lives – our cognition, our thoughts, our beliefs – all of these are under-pinned by our subconscious. Only a tiny fraction of the brain is dedicated to conscious behavior. The rest is hidden away, working behind the scenes and really steering the ship of our behavior. That is why we have such a huge gap between individual knowledge and individual awareness and why we as humans can, at times, be so irrational.
Detecting our Icebergs by shedding light on our subconscious selves allows us to reflect on our reactions and determine if our emotions are overly rigid, accurate in the situation, or making a bad situation worse.
Detecting our Icebergs will help us to treat people with more dignity and respect. It can also allow us to seek help when we need it. Seeking help is a strength. If you or a battle buddy needs help call our 24 hour Chaplain at (915)637-4265 or Military One Source at (800)730-3802.
Well, back to the gym. I am looking forward to working out in our 24-hour fitness center (Milam Gym which is at the intersection of Cassidy and JEB Stuart Roads on West Bliss). I am also still trying to train for the Army 10-miler later this month with CSM Kelley.
Be Resilient, Be Fit, Keep Recycling and be Iron Strong!
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