U.S., Uganda forces build mental resilience

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Glaberman, Charlie Company, 411th Civil Affairs Battalion operations sergeant, talks about the effects combat stress can have on a person in a deployed environment, and how to recognize and treat it during a mental health sharing of best practices Oct. 10, 2016, in Mogadishu, Somalia. More than 40 members of the Uganda People’s Defense Force attended the class to learn about combat stress while they are deployed in support of the African Union Mission to Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Glaberman, Charlie Company, 411th Civil Affairs Battalion operations sergeant, talks about the effects combat stress can have on a person in a deployed environment, and how to recognize and treat it during a mental health sharing of best practices Oct. 10, 2016, in Mogadishu, Somalia. More than 40 members of the Uganda People’s Defense Force attended the class to learn about combat stress while they are deployed in support of the African Union Mission to Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)
Members of the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) listen to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Glaberman, Charlie Company, 411th Civil Affairs Battalion operations sergeant, as he speaks about ways to prepare for combat stress before a deployment Oct 10, 2016, at Mogadishu, Somalia. The UPDF is deployed in support of the African Union Mission to Somalia to combat extremist terrorists in the region and restore stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image Members of the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) listen to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Glaberman, Charlie Company, 411th Civil Affairs Battalion operations sergeant, as he speaks about ways to prepare for combat stress before a deployment Oct 10, 2016, at Mogadishu, Somalia. The UPDF is deployed in support of the African Union Mission to Somalia to combat extremist terrorists in the region and restore stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)
A member of the Uganda People’s Defense Force takes notes during a mental health sharing of best practices Oct 10, 2016.  The class was held by a member from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa to discuss ways to identify, prevent and treat combat stress on the battlefield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image A member of the Uganda People’s Defense Force takes notes during a mental health sharing of best practices Oct 10, 2016. The class was held by a member from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa to discuss ways to identify, prevent and treat combat stress on the battlefield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Glaberman, Charlie Company, 411th Civil Affairs Battalion operations sergeant, discusses combat stress during a mental health sharing of best practices class Oct. 10, 2016, at Mogadishu, Somalia. Glaberman spoke with the attendees about how to identify signs of combat stress and methods to treat it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Glaberman, Charlie Company, 411th Civil Affairs Battalion operations sergeant, discusses combat stress during a mental health sharing of best practices class Oct. 10, 2016, at Mogadishu, Somalia. Glaberman spoke with the attendees about how to identify signs of combat stress and methods to treat it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)

A U.S. Army Soldier deployed to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and more than 40 members of the Africa Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) gathered for a sharing of best practices for mental health Oct. 10, 2016, in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Staff Sgt. Matthew Glaberman, an operations sergeant assigned to Charlie Company, 411th Civil Affairs Battalion, met with Ugandan AMISOM soldiers to talk about the effects of combat stress before, during and after a deployment.

“Today we exchanged best practices with AMISOM troops to assist and better educate soldiers on resiliency to reduce combat stress,” Glaberman said. “The goal is to reduce the stressors on AMISOM troops and mentally prepare troops on the battlefield to maintain a better fighting force.”

The class covered an array of combat stress topics including indicators, contributing factors and intervention.

“The information is what we need as soldiers,” said Uganda People’s Defense Force Maj. Nyende, UPDF psychologist. “We need to know what’s available and what to do when they are coming into the deployment or leaving.“

The blocks of instruction covered how to identify combat stress, intervention, and preventative pre-deployment training to reduce combat stress and increase resiliency.

“If someone knows how to cope with combat stress or [has] a friend that does, it makes it easier,” Nyende said. “If they wait to receive help, it can be harder to manage at that level. So getting help early on makes it easier.”

Nyende said he appreciates the help from the Americans for sharing the information, and hopes the training will be able to help soldiers who may need it.  Nyende also said that he looks forward to similar training in the future.

“These trainings help build relationships with AMISOM troops and fortify their forces with the best practices exchanges,” Glaberman said. “[The students] were very responsive, and I feel like they gained a lot of information they did not have before, and may be able to identify with mental challenges they were not able to identify before to better prepare them for future missions.”

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