Wounded warrior sets transition goals with help from Army’s CSF2

Story by Brian Feeney, Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness

Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, July 27, 2011: Another American Soldier becomes a casualty.

Sgt. Daniel Lindsey is awarded a Purple Heart Medal in July of 2011, days after he was injured by a suicide bomber in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan. (Photo courtesy of Sgt. Daniel Lindsey)

Sgt. Daniel Lindsey is awarded a Purple Heart Medal in July of 2011, days after he was injured by a suicide bomber in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan. (Photo courtesy of Sgt. Daniel Lindsey)

“My squad was patrolling near the radio station when engaged by enemy fire, we received the message to assault it and clear out insurgents hiding inside. They were armed with AK-47s, and what we didn’t know was that they were wearing suicide-bomb vests. As we were maneuvering inside the building to make contact, they detonated their vests. The air exploded with flying debris and the roof collapsed on top of us. Nothing but smoke, shouting and the ringing in my ears. Then I was medevaced to Landstuhl,” Sgt. Daniel Lindsey remembered.

“Then, my goal was to heal. Now it is to move on with my life, and for that, the performance enhancement training I’m getting at Fort Carson’s Warrior Transition Battalion is worth 100 doctors,” he said.

Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness provides performance enhancement training at 38 warrior transition units and community-based warrior transition units across the Army, as well as at 16 Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness training centers at Army installations across the nation. Specially trained CSF2 Master Resilience Trainer Performance Experts, or MRT-PEs, with advanced degrees in sports or performance psychology, provide transitioning Soldiers training in a variety of skill areas. Their initial training includes confidence building, attention control, energy management, integrating imagery and goal setting. Soldiers can then elect to receive one-on-one mastery training with a MRT-PE on any one of these skills.

“Sgt. Lindsey chose goal setting, and his goal is to get a civilian job upon leaving the Army. But not just any job, one that matches his values, (and provides) life-work balance, which includes time for his family,” said Kelly O’Brien, Lindsey’s MRT-PE at Fort Carson, Colo.

Goal setting teaches Soldiers a comprehensive, seven-step process to energize, direct and sustain behavior toward a desired outcome. “In the time I have been working with him, he has shown determination, diligence and initiative. He has great strength underneath his quiet and humble demeanor,” she added.

“The information Kelly provided me through goal setting training is more than enough to get anyone on the right track. You are only limited by yourself,” said Lindsey.

“Even though none of us in the Warrior Transition Battalion know exactly when we’ll be leaving the Army, through goal setting, I have learned how to create contingency plans that break it down into those things I can do without a firm transition date. They include creating resumes customized to each of my skill areas, getting internships, attending job fairs, joining online professional networking sites and making my own business card,” he explained.

Lindsey sees performance enhancement training as something that helps him through all phases of his job search. “I have learned how to plan every step of the preparation process to get me to the interview stage. Then, when it’s time for the interview, you know you will make a good impression. You’ve done your homework so you know you’re prepared, you look and feel prepared,” said Lindsey.

“Goal setting is a part of my life now. Even when I have a new job, I now have a new set of standards to live by. I will continue to grow from them long after I land that job,” he concluded.

To learn more about Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness performance enhancement training, visit http://csf2.army.mil/performance-enhancement.html.