3rd BCT Broncos’ unique event raises SHARP awareness

| May 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
Broncos sign the SHARP pledge before participating in the brigade's unique organizational day, April 24. The 3rd BCT Soldiers also took part in games and built communication skills.

Broncos sign the SHARP pledge before participating in the brigade’s unique organizational day, April 24. The 3rd BCT Soldiers also took part in games and built communication skills.

Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division


SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Sexual assault can reduce the strength of an entire unit, so 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Broncos,” 25th Infantry Division, conducted a Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program organizational day, here, in F. Quad, Friday.

“Sexual assault prevention is important and we need to get (sexual assaults) out of our ranks,” said Sgt. 1st Class Abina Riley, 3rd BCT SHARP.

Unit victim advocates (UVAs) from across the brigade came together and hosted several events to inform the Soldiers about the Army’s new campaign to prevent sexual assault.

Brigade commander Col. Scott Kelly started off the event by stressing the importance of these types of events and awarding commander’s coins to several UVAs.

“As a leader, I take sexual assault very seriously. Sexual assault is completely contrary to whom we are as professional Soldiers,” said Kelly.

He encouraged the Broncos to be the instruments of change.

“I know that the Army is changing, I know that we will do what we can to eradicate sexual assault and harassment out of our ranks,” said the commander.

The Soldiers heard a first-hand experience from a guest speaker who had been the victim of sexual assault.

“I am here today to tell you that asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength,” said Katie Hanson, guest speaker.

No one is immune to sexual assault or harassment, and if anyone thinks that way, they are as naive about the issue as she once was, said Hanson.

Once the speeches were over, the Soldiers broke from the formation to take part in the different activities that awaited them. Events included a 4-point relay race around the quad carrying an egg on a spoon, walking several meters with “drunk driving” blood alcohol content goggles on, and carrying a battle buddy.

Soldier’s communication skills were put to test in a game where one person looked at a diagram and had to describe it to a team member to draw it; the catch is that the message is relayed between two other people before it got to the person drawing.

There was a SHARP-themed obstacle course that was more mental than physical. The Soldiers read a scenario and make a decision to go left or right until they came to the last marker, which showed how their decisions affected the outcome.

Smaller events included booths where the Soldiers and their families could get more information on the different programs the installation has to offer.

“The more we become aware, the more we advocate and the more we break through the social norms of society, the better chance we have to take a stand against sexual assault,” said Hanson.




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