“I make sure that people who attend [Corps Fitness] don’t make excuses. Because the Marine Corps doesn’t allow you to make excuses.”
When you step into Corps Fitness, a cross fit gym located in Wyomissing, Pa., it is easy to recognize the Marine Corps’ influence. From the use of the word “corps” in the gym’s name to the military memorabilia adorning the walls, it’s clear that Corps Fitness owner Chris Kaag’s service in the Marine Corps has formed a basis for his business and how he trains the individuals who frequent his gym.
Yet the Marine Corps’ impact on Kaag extends beyond the name and aesthetic of his gym. It’s what shaped him into the person he is today, and as Kaag states, is what ultimately saved his life.
“The Marine Corps has definitely been a big influence on the way that I’m able to do things and now
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – Eleven Soldiers from Regional Health Command Europe earned the Expert Field Medical Badge during a ceremony Sept. 23 at Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern.
Statistically across the Army, only around 20% of those who compete earn the badge which is designed to test Soldiers both physically and mentally during 144 hours of testing.
A total of 128 candidates competed in this iteration of EFMB, which was hosted by the 30th Medical Brigade. Not only did it include Soldiers from across U.S. Army Europe and RHCE, but three international competitors from Kosovo and two from Italy. Of the 128 that started the competition, only 27 earned the right to wear the badge.
Brig. Gen. Mark Thompson, Regional Health Command Europe’s commanding general and the U.S. Army Europe command surgeon, spoke at the award ceremony.
“Each Soldier receiving their EFMB today poured their heart and soul into this competition,”
Across the nation, there has been an increase in suicide deaths in the general population over the past decade. Suicides across the military have also increased, affecting every segment of the force – Active, Guard and Reserve; officers and enlisted personnel.
A Department of Defense annual suicide report shows 541 service members across the military’s active and reserve components died by suicide in 2018. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports more than 6,000 military veteran suicide deaths in 2017.
Brooke Army Medical Center Behavioral Health professionals are here to assist service members and beneficiaries who seek help for their mental health and wellbeing.
“There are many reasons an individual may seek behavioral health care,” said U.S. Public Health Service Capt. (Dr.) Richard Schobitz, deputy chief, BAMC Department of Behavioral Health. “Some are related to life stressors such as post-deployment stress, family challenges, or distress related to adjusting to