JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas —
After more than three years of hard work, the day finally came to officially open the doors of the Vogel Resiliency center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.
Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, commander of U.S. Army North (Fifth Army), hosted the grand opening ceremony to the new facility Jan. 5.
The Vogel Resiliency Center is a new facility providing resiliency services to the Joint Base San Antonio community, designed to focus, synchronize and integrate the execution of programs that are directly supportive of the Army’s R2 (Ready and Resilient) objectives.
“Resiliency isn’t about avoiding adversity, its accepting the fact that adversity is going to happen to all of us and resiliency is a measure of how we bounce back,” Buchanan said during the opening ceremony.
The VRC houses the Army Wellness Center, Public Health Nursing, Chaplain and Spiritual services, Military Family Readiness, Health Promotion Operations, Army Substance Abuse Program, Nutrition Coaching, as well as Comprehensive Solider and Family Fitness under one roof. The facility also has a teaching kitchen, which allows individuals to learn improved methods of nutritional cooking.
“This is the first organization of its kind where we try to integrate all of these different aspects of mind body and spirit, so that we can do the best for every service member, regardless of service,” Buchanan said.
Another unique aspect will be the use of health navigators and a holistic screening tool. Working with the Army Public Health Center to develop a holistic iPad-based screening tool – the VRC Move-2-Health Screening app – VRC navigators will use this tool to identify which services best suit the needs of individual clients.
Although designed to support Army readiness, all branches of services assigned to the JBSA area have full access to the facility. The goal is to improve quality of life and promote personal resilience through personalized assessments and strategies; it also helps foster healthy lifestyles, improve nutrition, fitness, spiritual and financial readiness by enhancing the ability to manage the rigors of life.
“Today we celebrate another great milestone as San Antonio and Fort Sam Houston continue to lead the way when it comes to cutting edge military care and readiness. The opening of the military’s first fully integrated resiliency center,” said Ron Nirenberg, Mayor of San Antonio, during the opening ceremony. “San Antonio’s proud to once again be a part of this effort and we pledge our continued support in the endeavor.”
This facility will enable the sustainment of individual and unit personal readiness for service members, families, retirees and Department of Defense civilians within the JBSA community.
“In our book, resiliency is readiness,” Nirenberg said.