Sexual assault/harassment not in the Sea Dragon ohana

| April 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Brig. Gen. Eric L. Sanchez, commander, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, leads Soldiers, Civilians and Family members of the 94th AAMDC on an esprit de corps run, April 1, on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, to highlight National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM). During SAAPM, the U.S. Army reaffirms its commitment to eliminate sexual assault within the Army, support victims, and inspire bystander intervention. The Army's 2016 SAAPM theme is Sexual Assault. Sexual Harassment. Not in Our Army.

Brig. Gen. Eric L. Sanchez, commander, 94th AAMDC, leads an esprit de corps run, April 1, on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, to highlight National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. During SAAPM, the Army reaffirms its commitment to eliminate sexual assault within the Army, support victims, and inspire bystander intervention.

Maj. Troy Frey
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command
Public Affairs

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR HICKAM — Soldiers from the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command gathered April 1, and again on April 22, at Hickam Beach, here, to show their support for April 2016 as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM).

The Sea Dragons began the month with an esprit de corps run, ending at the beach where Master Sgt. Joseph Collins, 94th AAMDC sexual assault response coordinator, read the SAAPM proclamation.

“We encourage all Soldiers, family members and civilian employees to become engaged in the prevention of sexual assault and sexual harassment,” said Collins.

The importance of making the proclamation public was not lost on Chief Warrant Officer 4 Sherrie Campbell, Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program manager, 94th AAMDC.

The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command equal opportunity advocate, Sgt. 1st Class Larry May (center rear) explains the rules and provides guidelines to Soldiers, Civilians and Family members participating in the sexual assault awareness and prevention month scavenger hunt on April 22, at the Hickam Beach on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii. This was the 3rd Annual 94th AAMDC SAAPM Scavenger Hunt and has become a tradition within the command as it allows Sea Dragon Soldiers and Family members to come together for a fun, educational event that supports SAAPM and the Army’s SHARP program.

Equal Opportunity advocate, Sgt. 1st Class Larry May (center rear) explains the rules and provides guidelines for the SAAPM scavenger hunt on April 22. This was the 3rd annual 94th AAMDC SAAPM Scavenger Hunt.  It has become a tradition within the command, as it allows Sea Dragon Soldiers and family members to come together for a fun, educational event that supports SAAPM and the Army’s SHARP program.

“The proclamation is important because it makes an upfront statement to all that read it, from the most senior leaders to the lowest ranking private,” explained Campbell. “You must know your part and do your part to eliminate sexual assault. … It has been declared that this will not be tolerated in our squad or in our Army.”

After the reading of the proclamation was complete, the 94th AAMDC command team signed the proclamation and Brig. Gen. Eric Sanchez, commander, 94th AAMDC addressed the Sea Dragon Soldiers and family members in attendance. Sanchez’ speech reaffirmed that his top priority remains the prevention of sexual harassment and sexual assault, which is a key element in meeting the Army’s top three priorities: readiness, building an agile, adaptive Army for the future, and taking care of troops.

The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command sexual harassment / assault response and prevention (SHARP) program manager, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Sherrie Campbell (center), 94th AAMDC sexual assault response coordinator, Master Sgt. Joseph Collins (left), and 94th AAMDC equal opportunity advocate, Sgt. 1st Class Larry May (right) take a photo with the SHARP trophy during the sexual assault awareness and prevention month scavenger hunt on April 22, at the Hickam Beach on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii. This was the 3rd Annual 94th AAMDC SAAPM Scavenger Hunt and has become a tradition within the command as it allows Sea Dragon Soldiers and Family members to come together for a fun, educational event that supports SAAPM and the Army’s SHARP program.

The 94th AAMDC SHARP program manager, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Sherrie Campbell (center), sexual assault response coordinator, Master Sgt. Joseph Collins (left), and 94th AAMDC equal opportunity advocate, Sgt. 1st Class Larry May (right) take a photo with the SHARP trophy, April 22.

“This may be the (Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention) month, but as we always say here in the 94th, every day is a prevention day,” said Sanchez. “We don’t want to just prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment in April. We want to prevent it every day. This crime tears at the very fiber that makes a great unit, and it really is a fratricide within our formation when we have these type of events happen.”

The Sea Dragon command has made a conscious effort to promote the awareness of SHARP, every day, by coming up with innovative ways to highlight SHARP training, such as interactive video training, brown bag lunches with the commanding general, scavenger hunts, Soldier skits, casual dress training and directorate-led training.

“The ready and resilient team (R2T) does a great job of supporting Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month,” said Pfc. Donte Jones, information technology specialist. “They strongly encourage Soldiers to attend all events, and make the events enjoyable and knowledgeable.”

The 94th AAMDC R2T sponsored a SAAPM scavenger hunt, April 22, and promoted awareness by supporting Denim Day. Sea Dragon Soldiers wore jeans as a visible sign of protest against sexual violence.

“The scavenger hunt is great; it lets you get out and walk around and also read up on some of the pamphlets that contain good information on the Army’s SHARP program,” said Spc. D’Andre Ward, information technology specialist.

Soldiers, Civilians and Family members of the 94th AAMDC show their solidarity against sexual assault and harassment at the end of the sexual assault awareness and prevention month (SAAPM) proclamation signing ceremony April 1, at the Hickam Beach on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii. During SAAPM, the U.S. Army reaffirms its commitment to eliminate sexual assault within the Army, support victims, and inspire bystander intervention. The Army's 2016 SAAPM theme is Sexual Assault. Sexual Harassment. Not in Our Army.

Soldiers, civilians and family members of the 94th AAMDC show their solidarity against sexual assault and harassment at the end of the SAAPM proclamation signing ceremony, April 1.

“There are three success takeaways from an event like this. It is educational, it promotes team-building and it promotes healthy competition,” said Campbell. “It supports SHARP by making teams answer questions on the Army’s SHARP program. … All the (scavenger hunt) points are SHARP-related questions.

“Team building is promoted by bringing Soldiers and senior officers together, so they learn to interact and work towards a common goal. The competition is good clean fun and allows Soldiers to bring their family to a fun event, as well as a learning experience.”

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