Author: Kimberly Hackbarth
FORT IRWIN, Calif. – Staff members with Weed Army Community Hospital’s Behavioral Health
Department toured several Fort Irwin resiliency resources December 2, here.
Maj. Darnell Durrah, the chief of the department of behavioral health for Weed ACH, and the installation
director of psychological health, arranged the tours.
“We had a force multiplier tour where we went to other ready resilient agencies on the installation to learn
about their full capabilities to be more equipped to offer those services to our patients,” Durrah, a
Compton, Calif., native, said.
Ensuring the readiness of Soldiers through resources available is a priority for Durrah and his team.
“Every medical appointment is a readiness appointment, and sometimes readiness goes far beyond the
symptom presentation holistically, so what other resources are needed in order for this Soldier and this
family to stay ready,” Durrah said. “That’s why it’s important for medical providers in the military to
understand what the resources are because at the end of the day it comes down to readiness.”
The Weed ACH behavioral health team met with resiliency agencies including the Army Wellness Center,
Army Community Service, the post chapel, Military and Family Life Counseling, Army Substance Abuse
Program, and the Ready and Resilient (R2) Performance Center.
Sharon Ku, a master resilience trainer-performance expert with the R2 Performance Center, explained
the purpose of the center to the staff.
According to Ku, a Cerritos, Calif. native, the R2 Performance Center serves Soldiers, family members,
and Department of the Army civilians by providing mental performance training to enhance and sustain
personal readiness and resilience.
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