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Officials cut ribbon during ceremony at new center

By Calun Reece | Resiliency | July 02, 2013

Having a center where Soldiers can come and address their fitness at every level is extremely pleasing, said Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the official opening of the new Victory Center took place June 21 at Building 7285 on Custer Hill.

The center will house three complementary programs: The Army Wellness Center, or AWC; Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Training Center, or CSF2; and Resiliency Learning Center of Army Community Service.

"I'm just glad that it's open," said Kris Bourland, administrative officer, Department of Public Health.

Bourland was an attendee at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

"(I am) happy that the organizations could come together and bring health and wellness to our Soldiers," Bourland said.

Having three programs under the same roof can assist Soldiers in a more holistic approach.

Shawn Perry, center manager, CSF2, said he sees great possibility for the center and its Soldiers.

"We believe in human potential," Perry said.

Perry and his crew provide formalized training to Soldiers to enhance resiliency and performance.

"My cadre is all sports psychologists, and we take those same skills and principles that are taught to extraordinary professional athletes, and we share them with Soldiers to make them extraordinary," Perry said.

It's about being Army Strong, he added.

"The focus on comprehensive fitness isn't a reaction, it is a proactive stance to assure that we are ready and resilient," Funk said.

Everyone at Fort Riley contributes to the Ready and Resilient campaign, which integrates and synchronizes multiple efforts and programs to improve the readiness and resilience of the Army Family. "It's a team effort," Funk said.

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