94th AAMDC symbolically adds branches to SHARP tree

| December 2, 2013 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Jaquetta Goodson (left), public affairs noncommissioned officer and newcomer to the 94th AAMDC, staples a paper branch onto the unit’s SHARP tree as Gen. Vincent Brooks (center), commander, USARPAC, and Brig. Gen. Daniel Karbler, commander, 94th AAMDC, look on. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Karry James, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

Staff Sgt. Jaquetta Goodson (left), public affairs noncommissioned officer and newcomer to the
94th AAMDC, staples a paper branch onto the unit’s SHARP tree as Gen. Vincent Brooks (center),
commander, USARPAC, and Brig. Gen. Daniel Karbler, commander, 94th AAMDC, look on. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Karry James, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

Sgt. Louis Lamar
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — The Army wants its leaders at all levels to be committed to creating a work environment conducive to maximizing productivity and respect for human dignity, and the Army has established several programs to ensure that every Soldier is trained. One of those is the Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention Program (SHARP).

The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command symbolically attached paper branches to a SHARP tree in a ceremony in the unit’s courtyard, here, Monday.

“SHARP is important for the Army to promote, mainly because there are some misconceptions on what SHARP is and what is considered harassment or assault in the Army,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Doretha Magee, property book officer and assistant Sexual Assault Response coordinator, 94th AAMDC.

SHARP reinforces the Army’s commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual assault through a comprehensive policy centering on awareness, prevention, training, education, victim advocacy, response, reporting and accountability. Army policy promotes sensitive care and confidential reporting for victims of sexual assault and accountability for those who commit these crimes.

Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, participated in the ceremony by pledging to help combat sexual assault and harassment in every manner, and added a paper branch on SHARP tree as a reminder that there is zero tolerance for SHARP violations.

The Army requires Soldiers to do semi-annual SHARP training. The goal of the program is to create a climate that minimizes sexual assault incidents through education, continued awareness and focus on the offenders. If an incident should occur, SHARP ensures that victims and subjects are treated according to Army policy.

The program also creates a climate that encourages victims to report incidents of sexual assault without fear, ensures sensitive and comprehensive treatment to restore victims’ health and well-being, and helps leaders understand their roles and responsibilities regarding response to sexual assault victims so they can thoroughly investigate allegations and take appropriate administrative and disciplinary action.

“The number one priority in the Army for Soldiers and civilians is the prevention of sexual assault and harassment,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Finis Dodson, senior enlisted leader, 94th AAMDC. “We thank Gen. Brooks for supporting our unit’s SHARP program and taking part in our SHARP ceremony. This shows that leaders are engaged and helps to ensure that Soldiers trust leadership enough to approach them when an incident actually occurs.”

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