Ivor teen still recovering

Published 9:42 am Friday, December 16, 2011

Kelly Henry let us know that her son, who was seriously injured in an ATV crash on Nov. 19 in Ivor, remains hospitalized.

It was 16-year-old Andrew Henry’s first time to drive an ATV, which he lost control of while at a friend’s home in the 32000 block of Lightwood Drive.

“He said he felt like he lost traction and accelerated and the vehicle slipped,” Kelly said.

Andrew was pinned underneath the ATV and flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with a compound fracture to an upper arm, skull and facial fractures, and a severed main artery. He has undergone five surgeries to repair the artery, insert screws to hold his arm bones in place and skin grafts to clean up other wounds.

Kelly hopes her son will be released from the hospital for Christmas.

• Got word that Franklin native Master Sgt. George Hedspeth is a master resilience trainer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

Hedspeth assists commanders by introducing to their ranks cognitive skills that can enhance thought processes and improve their soldiers’ outlook on life.

In Hedspeth’s five-day course, called the Resiliency Trainer Assistant program, new and experienced Army and Air Force leaders prepare themselves to serve as aides to the master resilience trainers in battalion-level or higher entities.

One of the first things Hedspeth’s students do is take a 240-question survey that identifies their five most predominant character strengths.

Hedspeth teaches students how to effectively think, communicate, act and understand others in ways that can apply to nearly any adverse situation.

The lessons, which have come from the University of Pennsylvania and make up the Army’s Comprehensive Fitness Program, are taught under the umbrella of six focus areas, called core competencies: self-awareness, self-regulation, optimism, mental agility, strengths of character and connection.

They learn how to stay positive, to think flexibly and with an open mind, and to see the importance of relationships and effective communication.

GWEN ALBERS is managing editor of The Tidewater News. Her email address is gwen.albers@tidewaternews.com.