8th MPs gather to discuss suicide prevention during prayer breakfast

| September 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Pfc. Marcus Fichtl
8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

Sgt. Erin Marcotte, communications team leader, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, reflects on fellow Soldiers at the 8th MP Bde. prayer breakfast at the 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, consolidated dining facility, here, Sept. 22. The prayer breakfast focused on suicide prevention and looking out for each other in times of need.SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — “Assist, protect, defend” is the motto of the Military Police Corps, and it’s a motto that defines the MP’s mission to the Army, Soldiers and their families.

As Soldiers from 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command gathered for a prayer breakfast at the 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, consolidated dining facility, here, Sept. 22, they took that mantra to heart and applied it to how they treat each other.

“All of you are in the business of protecting others (and) defending the community, but more importantly, it’s about protecting, assisting and defending one another as fellow Soldiers,” said Chaplain (Lt. Col) Pete Mueller, 8th MP Bde., the brigade’s new chaplain and the host of the event. “When one of us hurts, we have to be there. We have to be their strength.”

A record-breaking number of suicides in the Army are claiming

Soldiers’ lives, especially in an era where war, terrorism and economic security dominate headlines.

“What we need to understand is that when someone takes their (own) life, many of the problems (that) they think they are solving have the opposite effects on those (they leave behind),” Mueller said. “Everyone they knew becomes a victim; entire communities become victims.”

For Mueller, not immediately recognizing the symptoms and signs is a problem that hits close to home.

“My friend Maury, a chaplain, took his (own) life four years ago,” Mueller said. “His suicide was something no one saw coming, and a lot of it had to do with the (Chaplin Corps) thinking it couldn’t happen to someone whose job is to prevent problems like suicide.”

Throughout the prayer breakfast, groups gathered together to play games, listen to guest speakers and reflect in silence about their fellow Soldiers and suicide prevention techniques.



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