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“Some Soldiers need specialized coping outlets. Warrior Adventure Quest (WAQ) combines high-adventure activities like rock climbing or zip lining, with leader-led after-action debriefs to help Soldiers move on after deployment.”

Warrior Adventure Quest

Warrior Adventure Quest (WAQ) is an Army RESET training tool designed to introduce Soldiers to activities that serve as alternatives to aberrant behaviors often associated with accidents involving recently re-deployed Soldiers. This tool presents coping outlets to help Soldiers realize their own new level of normal after deployment and "move on" with their lives.

WAQ combines existing MWR Outdoor Recreation high adventure activities (e.g. rock climbing, mountain biking, paintball, ropes courses, skiing, zip lines, kayaking, and others) with a leader-led after action debriefing (L-LAAD) tool developed by Army Medical Department (AMEDD) center and school. 


The WAQ program has been developed into five phases.
Phase I, Leader Training, is for all SSG and above participants and teaches them how to facilitate a leader-led after action debrief 
(L-LAAD) in response to a significant event in an operational environment.

Phase II, teaches these unit leaders how to utilize the same L-LAAD technique when facilitation surrounds an outdoor adventure activity.

Phase III, Soldier Training, presents to all program Soldier participants concepts like personal readiness and resilience and Combat Operational Stress Control, and how they relate to the Warrior Adventure Quest program. 

Phase IV, is the outdoor adventure activity (e.g., paddling, riding, climbing, etc.) where team building is combined with challenging activity skills.

Phase V, is the actual facilitation of the L-LAAD by the unit leaders with their unit members to realize connections between the activity they have just experienced and the challenges they may be experiencing in their daily lives.”


Additional Information 

The delivery of WAQ programs is authorized for units in any phase of the SRM (Sustainment Readiness Model) to include Pre-Deployment, Re-Deployment, or if the unit hasn’t deployed in two years.There is no cost to the unit to participate and benefits of participation include reintegration, increased moral, heightened resiliency, and an incredible team building atmosphere.

Fort Riley Programs:

  • Paintball
  • Skeet and Trap Shooting
  • Odyssey High Ropes Obstacle Course & Zip Line
  • Team Challenge Course
  • Zip Lining
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Indoor/Outdoor Rock Climbing
  • Bubble Soccer
  • ATV Riding
  • Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Foot Golf
  • Disc Golf
  • Wildwood Adventures (Off Post Zip-Lining)
  • Junction City Athletic Training Facility (Dodgeball, Boxing, Ninja Warrior Style Course)
  • Locked Manhattan (Escape Room)

L-LADD Training:
The WAQ Soldier & L-LAAD Trainings are from 1300-1500 (one day) at 1806 Buffalo Soldier Drive (Camp Funston). Registration for classes is required. To sign your unit representatives up for the L-LAAD class please call 785-239-2364. If there is a conflict with the training dates in your Units Pre-Deployment or Re-Deployment Schedule, please contact the WAQ Programmer at 785-239-2364 or 785-239-5412 to arrange another time.

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