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Photo by Spc. Dalinda Hanna
FORT HOOD, Texas - Green paintballs flew in every direction as Soldiers from the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 41st Fires Brigade, participated in the Fort Hood’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation sponsored Warrior Adventure Quest program at the paintball course at the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area, April 27.
The Warrior Adventure Quest program has many high adrenaline options and is available to Soldiers as a way to positively help them reintegrate back into a garrison lifestyle after stressful deployments.
“We have helped more than 10,000 Soldiers for the year and a half the program has been available and have very positive remarks from the Soldiers,” said Arlinda Ybanez, a native of Fort Hood, Texas, and the MWR assistant program coordinator. “The program is free of charge for Soldiers coming back from deployment and the goal is to introduce them to recreational activities like paintball, mountain biking, and rock climbing.”
2nd Lt. Shannon Killian, originally from Mililani, Hawaii, and the executive officer of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 41st Fires Bde., said that she recommends MWR programs like paintball because it promotes team building and relieves stress.
“It was great watching everyone come together as a team and interact with people that they usually don’t interact with at work,” said Killian. “It is important for Soldiers to alleviate the stress after multiple hard training events and this helped us unwind and come back together after a stressful few months.” Spc. Joon Lee, from Groton, Conn., and a security manager for HHB, 41st Fires Bde., said that he had a great time and paintball can be an enjoyable training option for close quarters combat.
“My favorite game was when we defended the town as a team,” said Lee. “I learned a lot of urban close combat techniques, and it gave us the opportunity to work as a team to defend the area.”
The Rail Gunner Soldiers spent the day relieving stress and working as a team. In the end, they counted their welts and enjoyed a break from training thanks to the Warrior Adventure Quest program.