JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas —
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey visited Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston March 23 and his stops included the U.S. Army Medical Department Center & School, the Vogel Resiliency Center and meeting wounded warriors at Brooke Army Medical Center.
Dailey started the first part of his visit by observing medics going through Advance Individual Training, or AIT, to become battlefield medics, as they navigated through realistic simulated training.
“The simulation center is absolutely critical,” Dailey said. “It’s as close to an environment as possible to a real-life experience.”
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston is the home of the military medic, instructing all branches of service in medial proficiency in today’s joint environment.
“We are truly blessed. People lack confidence in the next generation – that’s been going on since history began,” Dailey said. “That’s a misperception. The young men and women I see doing the training here today at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston are physically fit, they’re bright, they’re highly intelligent, they absorb information at a rate twice that of my generation and I have all the confidence in the world we are going to be just fine.”
Dailey also toured the Vogel Resiliency Center to see how the new facility is improving Army readiness and resilience for Soldiers, along with improving resiliency for all service members assigned to the Joint Base San Antonio area.
One of the Dailey’s priorities is a push for more training and education in financial readiness.
“This VRC is good, but I think we’ve just touched the true requirement. We have to get way ahead of the bang. We have to truly embrace things like financial training and education for our Soldiers,” Dailey said.
“We have to truly embrace transition assistance – not just out of service but also between duty locations,” he continued. “This is where all of our Soldiers experience hardships and tend to fall. If you really want to get after it, it takes time and resources. It may take time away from training, but if it builds readiness, then it’s worth it.”
“He’s incredibly energized and cares so much for the Soldiers,” said Patricia Ruizwigger, Vogel Resiliency Center director. “He really wants nothing but more than to help out the Soldiers. He really wants to make our Soldiers truly ready, not having to worry about those things at home. At the very core of this all the time is finance, first and foremost.”
The Army is continuously looking at new methods for improving quality of life and readiness for the next generation of Soldiers.
“Sgt. Maj. Dailey believes in order to get to the readiness of Soldiers, we need to think out of the box and do things differently, approach things differently and not be afraid of the bureaucracy that hamstrings our way. He believes this is a cutting-edge way to do that,” said Robert Naething, deputy to the commanding general for U.S. Army North.
“He said the Vogel Resiliency Center is one of the cutting-edge places that are doing that,” Naething added. “That’s looking at how we do things more holistically and differently for the Soldier to get at finances, health and wellness to help them and their families ready for deployment.”