SHARP is daily, yearlong priority for Sea Dragons

| October 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
(From left) Master Sgt. Anthony Wyatt, SARC; Brig. Gen. Eric L. Sanchez, commander;  Command Sgt. Major Finis Dodson, senior enlisted leader; and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Sherrie Campbell, SHARP program manager, all with the 94th AAMDC, initiate the unit's yearlong sexual assault awareness initiative by tying a teal ribbon to the SHARP tree.

(From left) Master Sgt. Anthony Wyatt, SARC; Brig. Gen. Eric L. Sanchez, commander; Command Sgt. Major Finis Dodson, senior enlisted leader; and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Sherrie Campbell, SHARP program manager, all with the 94th AAMDC, initiate the unit’s yearlong sexual assault awareness initiative by tying a teal ribbon to the SHARP tree.

Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies
Army News Service

FORT SHAFTER — To promote awareness of sexual harassment and rape prevention, the “Sea Dragons” of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command chose to promote SHARP awareness throughout the year, instead of only during the national awareness and prevention month in April.

The command is stressing the importance of SHARP by continually working as a team, remaining vigilant and maintaining a professional atmosphere where sexual harassment and assault aren’t tolerated.

“In April, we had a ceremony where we tied a teal ribbon around our tree for the entire month,” said Master Sgt. Anthony Wyatt, sexual assault response coordinator, 94th AAMDC. “At the end of the month, we had to take down our ribbons displayed outside of our unit.”

The Sea Dragons began by hosting a unit ceremony, Sept. 5, to tie a teal ribbon to the SHARP tree, located in the center quad of the command’s headquarters building, here.

“This ceremony was specifically dedicated to all Soldiers, past and present,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Sherrie Campbell, SHARP program manager for the command. “It was a clear representation of the 94th AAMDC’s stance in unity against any and all offenses of sexual harassment or sexual assault. It also demonstrated that the 94th AAMDC is the first line of defense, the force behind the fight all year and not just in April. For the Sea Dragons, this fight is indefinite.”

The SHARP tree is routinely incorporated as the foundation of all Soldiers’ in-processing upon their arrival to the unit.

“This reflects the (commanding general’s) intent on keeping sexual harassment and assault prevention first and foremost in everyone’s mind over the entire next fiscal year, instead of exclusively during one month,” explains Wyatt. “This tree is used for everyone in the unit. All of the newcomers to the unit take time to place a tree branch with their name onto the SHARP tree. This signifies the unity and importance that each service member provides to this unit, and how when united together, they are a greater part of a whole.”

The tree is a symbol of family, unity, hope and love, Campbell explained.

“We place the branches on the tree to represent becoming a part of a new family, therefore standing together, rooted and grounded, against any and all infractions, and any unseen enemy that may try to attack our family, breaking the fabric of having ready and resilient Soldiers,” she said. “SHARP is imperative to keeping our unit ready and resilient.”

Sexual harassment/assault violates everything we stand for, including Army values and warrior ethos, Wyatt emphasized.

“The 94th AAMDC aggressively addresses sexual harassment and assaults by first focusing on prevention through education and training,” she said.

The Sea Dragon leaders encourage reporting and work hard to reduce the stigma associated with sexual violence. Once reported, the SHARP program allows them to focus on care for victims.

Through investigations and prosecutions, to hold offenders accountable, the 94th AAMDC continually assesses the effectiveness of its response and its prevention efforts to ensure the Army is meeting the needs of its Soldiers, civilians and family members.

Within the 94th AAMDC, the message is clear.

“The tree stands as a powerful symbol to anyone who views it and its branches,”said Campbell. “You are not alone.”

(Editor’s note: Menzies works with 94th AAMDC Public Affairs.)

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