JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas —
For more than two years, key leaders from Joint Base San Antonio and city of San Antonio community leaders worked together to prepare and construct a new facility called the Vogel Resiliency Center.
The Vogel Resiliency Center, or VRC, is a project that brings together eight entities of resiliency services into one location. This facility is unique to JBSA-Fort Sam Houston and in the Army.
The VRC will house the Army Wellness Center, Public Health Nursing, Chaplain and Spiritual services, Military Family Readiness, Health Promotion Operations, Army Substance Abuse Program, Nutrition Coaching and Comprehensive Solider and Family Fitness under one roof. The facility also had a teaching kitchen, which will allow individuals to learn improved methods of nutritional cooking.
“The VRC is intended to be an integrated platform for delivery of resiliency and readiness services,” said Maj. Lakisha N. Flagg, VRC action officer. “Traditionally those services are offered across the installation in a variety of different settings.
“We’re bringing all of those here [to the VRC] to deliver those services to different parts of our population including active duty of all branches of service, family members and retirees, and DOD civilian personnel,” Flagg added.
“This is the first of its kind as far as the unique services within the facility as well as the teaching kitchen, which is not connected to a medical program,” said Col. James T. Flanagan, VRC project manager.
Although designed to support Army readiness, all branches of services assigned to the JBSA area will have full access to the facility.
The goal is to improve quality of life and promote personal resilience through personalized assessments and strategies; it also helps foster healthy lifestyles, improve nutrition, fitness, spiritual and financial readiness by enhancing the ability to manage the rigors of life.
“The hope is that we are able to move the needle to the right in terms of readiness for the JBSA population,” Flagg said.
“This is leading the way because of the visibility throughout the Army – all the way up to the secretary of the Army’s office,” Flanagan said. “There are a lot of people looking at us and looking at what are going to be the lessons learned and can it be replicated at other military bases.”
The grand opening of the Vogel Resiliency Center is scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 5, 2018 at building 367, located at the corner of Stanley and Reynolds Roads. It will be the first military event to kick off the City of San Antonio 300th Anniversary.
“This is an excellent project and resiliency feeds into the readiness, which is (Army Chief of Staff) Gen. Mark Milley’s number one priority,” Flanagan said.