What is H2F?
H2F stands for Holistic Health and Fitness and is a program designed to improve the health and performance of Soldiers. H2F focuses on five domains: 1) Physical Readiness, 2) Nutritional Readiness, 3) Mental Readiness, 4) Sleep Readiness, and 5) Spiritual Readiness. Through these domains, the H2F team works to optimize Soldiers’ readiness, improve performance, and increase career longevity.
At Strike Strong H2F, we aim to improve Soldier performance through reducing injury rates, improve rehabilitation and reconditioning, and improve overall morale and effectiveness. To achieve these goals, we offer a variety of services to our service members, including:
Lightning Comprehensive Assessment Process (LCAP) – an initial individual comprehensive session with experts from all the domains with quarterly follow-ups
· Progressive relaxation sessions
· TMAR (Yoga)
· Sleep tracking and analysis
· Guided mental imagery for performance and stress reduction
· Strength workouts
· Track/running workouts
· TMAR (Yoga)
· Mobility/restorative sessions
· 1-on-1 counseling for performance and/or weight management
· Group education classes
· Body composition analysis
· Commissary tours
· Meal demonstrations
· Team building/bonding
· Group discussions
· Faith-based education
Our goal is to make H2F the best part of every Soldier’s day!
Meet the tribe
Maj. Chris Wedge, PT, DSc, OCS, SCS, CSCS, Injury Control Lead
Maj. Chris Wedge currently serves as the Injury Control Domain Lead for the 165th Infantry Brigade’s Holistic Health and Fitness team at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2010, where he also received his Commission as an Army Officer. He completed his DPT degree at Washington University in St. Louis in 2013 before coming to Active Duty in the United States Army. He is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He served four years at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; two years at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, and two as the sole PT for the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He was then stationed at Fort Bragg, NC serving for one year as the OIC of Clark Health Clinic PT Department, and one year as the Assistant Chief of PT at Womack Army Medical Center, responsible for seven clinics (six outpatient and one inpatient) and a team of 100 personnel. He completed the Baylor University- Keller Army Community Hospital Division 1 Sports Physical Therapy Fellowship at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York while concurrently earning his DSc in Sports Physical Therapy. During the two years there, he provided sideline coverage to various Division 1 teams (Football, Men’s Lacrosse, Women’s Rugby) and the United States Military Academy Preparatory School teams (football and soccer).
Capt. Wesley Mayeux, RD, MFT, USAW, TSAC-F, BAMF, Nutrition Program Lead
Capt. Mayeux completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as his dietetic internship at Sam Houston State University in Texas. After working as a dietitian for one year in an outpatient behavioral health hospital in Texas, Mayeux commissioned into the Army Medical Specialist Corps as a dietitian and has been a member of the 165th IN BDE H2F team since its beginning in September of 2021. Through personal experience of competing in multiple sports competitions, he appreciates the complex relationship between nutrition and performance. When not working or working out, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, hiking, and camping.
Capt. Chris Enke, OTD, OTR/L, TSAC-F, USAW L1, Mental Readiness Lead
Capt. Enke currently serves as the H2F Mental Readiness Lead for the 165th IN BDE at the US Army Training Center in Fort Jackson, SC. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in biology from the University of Nebraska and his Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the Washington University in St. Louis. His graduate research explored the availability and utilization of workplace health promotion and wellness programs in small vs large businesses. After graduation, He worked as an Occupational Therapist at a level 1 trauma center in western Colorado and commissioned in the US Army in 2020. Prior to his current role in the 165th Infantry Brigade, he served as the Officer in Charge of the Occupational Therapy Clinic at Moncrief Army Health at Fort Jackson, SC. He is an avid coffee drinker and enjoys hiking, biking, and lifting weights with his wife.
Sgt. Margaret Tucker, Nutrition Care Specialist
Sgt. Margaret M. Tucker is an army nutrition care specialist who enlisted in 2005 while studying pre-med at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She did her basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and received her formal MOS training from Fort Lee, VA and Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Tucker has worked overseas with the Department of Defense managing dining facilities in Iraq and Dubai, UAE. As part of the 165th H2F team, you might spot her encouraging healthy eating in the dining facilities, helping tape recruits, or teaching nutrition classes to trainees. She is currently working on completing her bachelor’s degree in Forensic Psychology, and she also owns and operates her own health and wellness business, which she has had since 2019. In addition to work, Tucker enjoys coaching her children’s track team, taking them to golf practice, meal prepping, and working out.
Naomia Rivera, COTA/L, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Naomia Rivera is a licensed Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA/L) with the 165th H2F team. She has worked in healthcare for over 20 years as a biomedical engineer as a member of the United States Air Force and in the private sector as a COTA/L in the acute care and inpatient rehabilitation settings. In those positions, she primarily treated spinal cord injury and neurological disorders. Having grown up in a military family and working both as an active-duty Air Force Airman and an Air Force Basic Training and Technical Training instructor, Naomia brings her vast experience and unique perspective to the mental readiness domain. She is passionate about work-life balance, developing habits, goal setting, stress optimization, and developing personal career goals and vision statements. In her free time, she holds volunteer leadership positions with several professional organizations and enjoys traveling, reading, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her daughter when she’s home from college.
Makenzi Capezza, Physical Therapy Assistant
Makenzi Capezza is currently a Physical Therapist Assistant on the 165th IN BDE H2F team. She attended Indian River State College in southeastern Florida, earning an AS degree to practice as a Physical Therapy Assistant. Following graduation, she worked in a skilled rehabilitation facility in Texas. She then transitioned into the military setting at Fort Stewart in Georgia in 2018, where her work focused primarily on post-operative rehab to return to duty. Makenzi has a passion for helping Soldiers reach optimal performance, maintain physical longevity, and improve quality of life. She also enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and hanging out with her dog.
Nicole Topakas, MS, Nutrition Health Educator
Nicole serves as the Nutrition Health Educator and yoga instructor for the H2F team. She holds a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from Metropolitan State University of Denver and a MS in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences from the University of Guelph. Having worked in various sectors of the health and nutrition fields, from restaurants to research, she brings a unique background of experience to the H2F team. She is passionate about health, wellness, and helping others to live their best lives. In her free time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, yoga, hiking, cooking, gardening, and reading.
Chaplain (Maj.) Ronnie Irwin, Brigade Chaplain
Chaplain (Maj.) Ronnie Irwin holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Webster University, a Master of Arts in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, a Bachelor of Music from Mississippi College, and has twenty-three years experience in local church ministry. Chaplain Irwin’s duty stations have included Fort Benning, Georgia, Fort Bliss, Texas, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Fort Riley, Kansas, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He has three combat deployments, one to Iraq and two to Afghanistan. Chaplain Irwin most recently completed his utilization tour as Family Life Chaplain at Fort Jackson, and is currently serving as the 165th IN BDE Chaplain. Chaplain Irwin is trained and/or certified in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, (EFT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, (EMDR). Chaplain Irwin has completed Combat Lifesaver Course, Emergency Medical Ministry Course, Combat Medical Ministry Course, and Chaplain Professional Reinforcement Training. He has provided training in Post-Traumatic Stress, Moral Leadership, Military Decision-Making Process, Family Systems Theory in Relation to Drug/Alcohol Abuse, Formational Prayer, and Compassion Fatigue. Some of his awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (one oak leaf cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (two oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (one oak leaf cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (three oak leaf clusters), the Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal and the Combat Action Badge. Chaplain Irwin is married and has two adult children.
Tony Paradis, MA, MS, RDN, LD, CSSD, CSCS, USAPL, Registered Dietitian
Tony Paradis is a board certified sports dietitian and certified strength coach with a combined 17 years experience in human performance working with athletes and programs at the amateur, collegiate, and professional level. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Texas Tech University, a Master’s of Science in Nutritional Science from Texas Woman’s University, and a Master’s of Arts in Education from Tennessee Tech University. He is formerly the director of Olympic sports nutrition for the South Carolina Gamecocks, director of sports nutrition for Tennessee Tech University and is the chair elect of the Sports and Human Performance practice group with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Tony is passionate about helping others overcome obstacles, plan for success, and reach their goals using the principles of performance nutrition. Tony competed on American Ninja Warrior in 2012. Outside of work, he enjoys weightlifting, hiking, and gardening.
Miranda Frishcosy, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Miranda Frishcosy is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) with the 165th IN BDE H2F team. She obtained her AS Degree and certification in 2020 from Wallace State Community College in her home state of Alabama. Before joining the team here at Fort Jackson, Miranda worked at a pediatric nonprofit organization in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she met her husband and specialized in family education, sensory integration, and social-emotional learning through play-based therapy techniques. Miranda brings her personal life mottos into her work here at Fort Jackson by putting the “fun” in “function” and turning messes into memories. She loves God and has a background in steel challenge speed shooting competitions. She enjoys spending time with her husband, painting, hiking, kayaking, and improving her athletic performance for mud run competitions.
Jeff Tiedemann, MS, CSCS, RSCC, Lead Strength Coach
Jeff Tiedemann graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and then earned his master’s in Sports Performance from Central Connecticut State University. During college, Jeff played baseball and football. He began his career in coaching as the assistant strength coach for the Villanova football program in Pennsylvania. He has held head strength coach positions with Athletic Gaines, where he worked with professional athletes, and at St. Joseph High School in Connecticut, where he helped the football team win back-to-back state championships. He then became the head strength coach for the 2-14 infantry unit at Fort Drum, New York, followed by the head strength coach position at the National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency. During his down time, Coach Tiedemann enjoys going to the beach, golfing, and spending time with family.
Kaitlyn Buckwell, MS, CSCS, TSAC-F, Strength Coach
Originally from Rochester, NY, Kaitlyn Buckwell earned her B.S. in Exercise Science from Eastern Michigan University in 2014. During college, she was a Division 1 swimming athlete and has coached competitive swimming for over 10 years. In 2017, Coach Buckwell completed her M.S. in Sports Medicine from The University of Pittsburgh, during which she did research on military combat swimmers. Coach Buckwell worked in the private sector for four years and, most recently, worked as a fitness specialist for the Navy for over three years. Throughout her career, Coach Buckwell has continued her education by earning certifications in Functional Movement Screen LV 1&2 (FMS), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F), Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling System Instructor (NOFFS), and USA Swim Coaching. Coach Buckwell enjoys watching football and hockey as well as gardening during her time away from work.
Emerson Lonasee, BS, CSCS, Strength Coach
Dedicated to unlocking human potential through fitness and performance, Emerson Lonasee is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with a passion for helping athletes and Soldiers reach their peak physical condition. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Florida Gulf Coast University and is currently pursuing his master’s degree through the University of Florida. His journey into the world of sports and fitness began early, fueled by a curiosity about the science behind athletic performance. He had the privilege of interning at the collegiate level, gaining firsthand experience in designing and implementing training regimens that optimize strength, endurance, and agility. His previous work experience includes being a sport performance coach for Athletic Republic in his hometown of Fort Myers, Florida. His approach combines scientific precision with motivational coaching, fostering an environment where individuals can push beyond their limits and transform their bodies. When Coach Emerson is not at the gym, you might find him at a pool, hanging out with friends and family, or immersing himself in literature that nurtures both the mind and soul.
Erica Wright, MS, CSCS, Strength Coach
Erica Wright received a bachelor's degree in Driver's Education, Health and PE from Clarks Summit University in Pennsylvania and a master's degree in Exercise Science: Human Performance from Liberty University in Virginia. Wright was a high school teacher for eight years, working in Loudoun County and Roanoke City Public Schools in Virginia. While teaching, she developed a Strength and Conditioning/Outdoor Education program to allow students to train for their chosen sport and collegiate opportunities, learn new skills, or simply stay active beyond school requirements. She also coached both JV and Varsity Girls Lacrosse. Coach Wright has been a CSCS for almost three years and is passionate about training Soldiers and athletes in overall athleticism. She believes the H2F program can make a huge impact and is excited to work with a team that is filled with passion for people and performance. Her hobbies include hiking, sports, and spending time with family.
Taylor Givens, BS, CSCS, TSAC-F, Strength Coach
Taylor Givens previously served in the U.S. Army as a 68F (Physical Therapy Specialist). She earned her B.S. in Exercise Science with a minor in Nutrition from University of South Florida in 2023. While completing her degree, she participated in internships at MacDill Air Force Base and at USF in Olympic Sports. She is currently a candidate for a Master of Science degree in Human Performance through the University of Florida. As a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Tactical Strength & Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F), Givens brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as a strength and conditioning coach with the 165th IN BDE at Ft. Jackson. In her free time, Coach Givens enjoys doing Crossfit, hanging out with her daughter, and playing recreational soccer.
William Harding, MS, CSCS, Strength Coach
Originally from Roanoke, Virginia, William Harding attended Appalachian State University in North Carolina and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Exercise Science. While there, he worked with the Olympic Sports program, including the wrestling team, which ranked in the top 25 and won the conference championship. As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Coach Harding has over seven years of experience training people of all ages. He loves Jesus and enjoys cooking, playing golf, reading, lifting weights, and spending time with friends and family.
John Barnett, CSCS, Strength Coach
After completing his undergraduate degree in exercise science at the University of South Carolina, John Barnett earned his CSCS and interned with the Gamecocks Football Team. Coach B took his first step in the strength and conditioning world working as a SCC with H2F at Fort Drum, NY. Between the private sector and with his tactical experience, Coach B brings a combined 4.5 years of coaching to the table. Coach B takes a personal stake in seeing Soldiers improve mentally, physically, and spiritually, leading Soldiers to achieve their goals by providing attentive education, support, and direction. On a personal note, Coach B spends his spare time volunteering at a local high school and creating his graphic novel "Armor of God." Be on the lookout for it on a shelf near you soon.
Gerald Morehead, MS, CSCS, Strength Coach
After completing his undergraduate degree in health promotion/fitness programming at the University of Fort Hays State in Hays, Kansas, Gerald Morehead earned his CSCS and began a graduate assistantship with the strength and conditioning program at Fort Hays State University. As a graduate assistant in strength and conditioning, Coach Morehead had the opportunity to coach and program for 13 of the athletic teams for Fort Hays State including football, men’s basketball, baseball, and wrestling. During this time, Gerald also earned his master’s degree in exercise science. Coach Morehead strives to bring out the best in the individuals that he coaches by improving their physical, mental, and spiritual capacity. By providing exercise education, support, and motivation, Gerald’s objective is to assist Soldiers in becoming the best version of themselves and achieving their goals. Gerald is a small-town guy who enjoys being in nature and doing outdoor activities like hiking, hunting, and spending time with his dog, Brandy. Faith is the foundation for which Gerald lives his life. Gerald is a huge college football fan, specifically the Oklahoma Sooners, so he is always ready to talk football.
Alex Buck, CSCS, USAW, Strength Coach
Alex Buck is currently a Strength and Conditioning Coach with the 165th Infantry Brigade’s Holistic Health and Fitness team at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from The Ohio State University and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Before joining the team, Coach Buck spent over a year with the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade’s H2F team at Fort Drum, New York, serving as a Strength Coach for the 6-6 CAV Regiment. Prior to transitioning to tactical, she worked in the private sector training youth athletes of various ages and sports, with an emphasis on long-term athletic development. Coach Buck has a personal athletic background in distance running. Career highlights include an NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championship and Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championship. Outside of work, she enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her dogs.
Berkley Hall, MS, CSCS, USAW-L1, CPT, Strength Coach
Berkley Hall grew up in Ashland, Virginia and played soccer and basketball throughout her youth. At University of North Carolina, Wilmington, she played on the soccer team for one year and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. After college, Coach Hall worked at Peak Athletics in Wilmington, NC for two years, running the sports performance program where she did personal training, led group fitness sessions, and assisted in military prep classes. Coach Hall then pursued graduate studies at Appalachian State University, earning a master’s degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning. During this time, she worked as a graduate assistant with Olympic Sports and received an award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Strength and Conditioning. Coach Hall loves helping people achieve their fitness goals and especially enjoys teaching proper technique. When not at work, you might find Coach Hall training to compete in Olympic Weightlifting.
Paul Tandoc, Occupational Therapist
Paul Tandoc is a Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist with the 165th H2F team. He obtained his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University. He served as an Active-Duty Army Occupational Therapist at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss, Texas and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland. He has certifications and training in Combat Operational Stress Control, Battlefield Acupuncture, Certified in Physical Agent Modalities, and is a 7H Upper Extremity Neuromusculoskeletal physician extender. Paul continues to serve as a Civil Affairs Officer at the 360th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne) at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. His previous assignments included Company B 416th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), Camp Pendleton, California and Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 321st Civil Affairs Brigade, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. Paul is working on completing his Project Management Professional certification. He enjoys running, hockey, fishing, woodworking, Legos, food, and motorcycles.
Sallie Wallace, Lead Athletic Trainer
Sallie Wallace, Lead Athletic Trainer, has been at Fort Jackson for 13 years, including working as the Athletic Trainer for the United States Drill Sergeant Academy. Prior to working with the Army, she was the Head Athletic Trainer at Chowan University in North Carolina. Sallie worked as the primary athletic trainer for the Hawks football team, men’s basketball team, baseball team, cross country team, cheerleading squad, and the men’s/women’s tennis teams. She served as the supervisor of the work study program, program director for the Athletic Training Department, as well as a professor in her time at Chowan University. Prior to working at Chowan University, she worked with two semi-pro football teams, was interim professor at George Mason University, the Head Athletic Trainer at the College of Saint Catherines in Minnesota, and Head Athletic Trainer at two high schools. Sallie is originally from Huntersville, North Carolina. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in School Health Education with a double concentration in Athletic Training and Psychology from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Sallie also has her Master of Health Education and Promotion from East Carolina University. When not at working, Sallie is usually at home taking care of her mom, playing with her pets, and working in her yard and garden. She also loves anything to do with nature, traveling to peaceful locations, and photography.
Candice Everett, Athletic Trainer
Candelaria "Candice" Everett is originally from Corpus Christi, Texas. She went to Texas A&M University Corpus Christi for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. While completing her undergraduate degree, Candice worked as a physical therapy technician. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Master of Science in Athletic Training. In her Master's program, Candice completed clinical rotations with a variety of sports at the college Division 1 level, Texas high school sports, and orthopedic surgery. After school, Candice worked as an athletic trainer for Amazon, providing injury prevention and ergonomic assessments. Candice has a passion for helping people in their fitness goals by preventing injuries through proper education and treating injuries quickly and effectively. In her spare time, you can find Candice training for a marathon and spending time with her family.
Reghan Humphreys, Athletic Trainer
Reghan Humphreys joins Fort Jackson and the H2F program after spending time working at Jacksonville State University as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. Reghan joined the sports medicine staff at Jax State in January of 2021 where she worked as the primary athletic trainer for the Gamecock softball team, women’s bowling team, women’s track & field team, as well as the men’s & women’s cross-country teams. She served as the supervisor of the work study program, a preceptor for the university’s Master’s in Athletic Training program, as well as an adjunct professor in her time at Jax State. Reghan and her family also opened a local coffeeshop, The Redbird, in Jacksonville in October of 2021. Prior to joining the Jacksonville State staff, Reghan served as an Assistant and Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for Averett University in Danville, Virginia from 2018-2020. During her time in Virginia, she was responsible for men’s soccer, baseball, women’s basketball, volleyball, and cheerleading. In 2019, Reghan received a promotion to a full-time Athletic Trainer at Averett, serving as one of two Assistant Athletic Trainers. Reghan is originally from Winston Salem, North Carolina. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from King University in Bristol, TN, where she served four years on the women’s volleyball team. Reghan also has her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from Averett University. You will often find Reghan with a coffee in her hand and always ready to talk sports or about her dog, Lotte!
Ashley Young, Athletic Trainer
Ashley Young grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and played basketball and rugby throughout her youth. She went to Manchester University in North Manchester, Indiana, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a minor in coaching. She then continued her education by getting a master’s degree in Athletic Training at Manchester University in Fort Wayne, Indiana. During the time while she was earning her master’s, she gained experience working at a D1 athletic program, a high school, a manual therapy clinic, and a tactical athlete clinic. After earning her master’s degree, she took a job working with the military for H2F at Fort Johnson, Louisiana, for a year and half. She then took the opportunity to transfer to Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
Danielle Jones, Athletic Trainer
Originally From Council Bluffs, Iowa, Dani Jones graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with her bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training in 2009. She then completed an internship at Charleston Southern University, working with Division 1 athletes. Dani continued her education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, receiving her Master of Education in Health Education in 2012, while also completing a graduate assistant position working with women’s soccer. She then moved to South Carolina in 2012, pursuing her career in athletic training working for Prisma Health at various local high schools, colleges, and the South Carolina Ballet Company. She now resides in Lexington, South Carolina, with her husband and son. In October 2022, Dani made a move to her current position as an Athletic Trainer at Fort Jackson.