Protecting our people
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
By Maj. Gen. Kent Savre and  Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Stanley

Special to GUIDON
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. This topic is important to all Americans and especially important to the military as sexual assault degrades trust and is contrary to our Army Values.  This year’s theme, “Protecting Our People Protects Our Mission”, emphasizes the damaging impact that sexual assault has not only individual victims but on our units and teams as well.

Eradicating sexual assault from our team is essential to unit readiness. Americans deserve to feel confident that military leaders will care for their sons and daughters just like we care for our own.

We are trusted to treat our teammates with dignity and respect and to foster a healthy climate that is safe and free of unethical conduct.

Senior leaders are responsible for ensuring that we live up to this sacred trust, and that we educate our service members on ways of promoting strong relationships and safe intervention.

We also expect leaders to ensure our service members understand what resources are available and how to reach out for help when needed.

There are many organizations on-post to assist, including unit sexual harassment/assault response and prevention trainers or victim advocates, our medical facilities and the chaplain’s office.

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There is no place for sexual assault in our Army and it is critical that we continue to encourage reporting.

Remember, trust is the bedrock of our profession. Building trust requires treating every person with dignity and respect; living the Army values and demonstrating competence, character, and commitment in all we do.

We are grateful for our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and civilians who serve this great nation, and we count on each of you to help prevent and eliminate these internal threats.

Victory starts here — victory through skill.

(Editor’s note: Savre is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Stanley is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)
Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 April 2017 )