8th TSC pledges commitment to SHARP initiatives

| April 12, 2013 | 0 Comments
Senior leaders and SHARP program advisers of 8th TSC hold the SHARP proclamation that signifies the unit’s commitment to the program and its goals following a signing, April 2. Pictured are (from left) Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons, commander; Lt. Col. Jacqueline Westover, SHARP program director; Sgt. 1st Class Daphne Thomas, SHARP program senior enlisted adviser; and Command Sgt. Maj. Nathan Hunt, senior enlisted adviser.

Senior leaders and SHARP program advisers of 8th TSC hold the SHARP proclamation that signifies the unit’s commitment to the program and its goals following a signing, April 2. Pictured are (from left) Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons, commander; Lt. Col. Jacqueline Westover, SHARP program director; Sgt. 1st Class Daphne Thomas, SHARP program senior enlisted adviser; and Command Sgt. Maj. Nathan Hunt, senior enlisted adviser.

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. Gaelen Lowers
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 8th Theater Sustainment Command kicked off Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) month with a proclamation signing, here, April 2, to signify the unit’s commitment to SHARP and its goals.

“The proclamation serves as a ‘launching’ of our command’s internal efforts hosting several awareness events throughout the month,” said Lt. Col. Jacqueline Westover, program director for 8th TSC’s SHARP program.

“Our focus is not restricted to simply awareness, but events that facilitate discussion and provide training opportunities to our Soldiers,” Westover added. “Our command is building a solid program based on high-quality victim care and interactive training to promote the Army’s I. A.M. STRONG with a desired end-state of achieving cultural change.”

Lyons (left) and Hunt sign the SHARP proclamation in a ceremony, April 2.

Lyons (left) and Hunt sign the SHARP proclamation in a ceremony, April 2.

Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons, commander, 8th TSC, and Command Sgt. Maj. Nathan Hunt, senior enlisted adviser, 8th TSC, were on hand to sign the proclamation and speak about the importance of SHARP to the unit, as well as the Army as a whole.

“This is a national-level event, fully endorsed by the U.S. Army, and consistent with the I. A.M. STRONG campaign,” said Lyons. “Sexual assault is a crime and, in my opinion, one of the worst kinds of predatory behaviors imaginable. It is completely inconsistent with our Army values. It goes against all the leadership teaching we have received about investing in Soldiers and growing our future in a climate of dignity and respect.”

Lyons explained that there is zero tolerance in the Army for sexual assault and harassment, noting that the 8th TSC and the Army want to create a culture that empowers everyone to do the right thing and teach younger Soldiers what right looks like.

“We are an Army that prides itself in developing leaders,” he said. “Our legacy is in the investments that we make in the Soldiers, who will serve and continue to invest in the next generation long after we’re gone.”

Lyons also reminded Soldiers that sexual assault isn’t a problem unique to the military; the Army is an aspect of the culture at large, but the Army will take every step necessary to mitigate and eliminate threats to its Soldiers.

“This is an issue that, we know, will eat at the fabric of the cohesion and readiness of the force,” he said.

Westover thanked the command team of the 8th TSC for its hard work and commitment to this very important issue.

“We are fortunate to have the leaders in 8th TSC so engaged and seriously committed to this program,” Westover said, “and the conviction to end sexual assaults in our ranks.”

“I Am Strong”

To learn more about the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program, visit www.sexualassault.army.mil/.

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