2nd Lt. Robert M. Leedham
84th Engineer Battalion Public Affairs, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The “Never Daunted” Battalion added a new twist to its usual weekly maintenance activities in the motor pool.
Michelle Dewberry, coordinator, Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, was invited to engage Soldiers of the 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, on the subjects of sexual assault and sexual harassment, here, Feb. 13.
While speaking, Dewberry stressed the importance of responsible action.
The morning was part of a larger battalion initiative — namely the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program, or CSF — which has been headed by the unit’s chaplain, Capt. Mark McCorkle.
McCorkle, along with 1st Lt. Jymette Watrous and Staff Sgt. Cedric Mize, both with the 84th Eng. Bn., developed the program by brainstorming ideas designed to meet the needs of the battalion’s Soldiers.
The three were guided by a research project that has been assessed by a specialized team, including the unit’s physician assistant, staff judge advocate general officer and chaplain’s office.
CSF is a structured, long-term assessment and development program to build the resilience and enhance the performance of every Soldier, family member and Department of the Army civilian.
“(CSF) is unique in that it takes all available resources and programs and puts them under five main pillars (of strength): spiritual, physical, mental, family and social,” McCorkle said.
Since the incorporation of the program, services and speakers have been brought from organizations, such as U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation, as well as educational services on post.
Each representative is asked to reach out to Soldiers, discuss what is currently available and encourage good and moral decision-making.
“Many Soldiers already know a lot about what the Army has to offer in regards to (CSF); however, many don’t know where to go or have the time,” Watrous said. “By bringing these organizations into the battalion every week, we expose these resources to the Soldiers and make them more accessible with minimal effort on the part of the Soldiers.”
To learn more about the Army’s CSF Program, visit http://csf.army.mil.