By Maj. Gen. Kent Savre and Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Stanley
Special to GUIDON
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and this year’s theme is “Shaping a Culture of Trust.”
Trust is the bedrock of our profession. America must know that when their sons and daughters enter the military, we will care for them, protect them and look out for them.
We are members of the Profession of Arms — standard bearers for ethical behavior — and no matter the circumstances, we will not compromise our unshakable values and will always treat others with dignity and respect.
There is no place for sexual harassment, assault, or retaliation in our military; it erodes our readiness and destroys the trust we have built with colleagues, subordinates, supervisors, units and the American people.
While commanders create an environment that encourages both prevention and reporting, it’s everyone’s duty to establish a culture of trust; and, to take action, be engaged and work together to eliminate this problem through education, prevention, investigation, accountability, care and advocacy and continuous assessment.
We are grateful for all you do each and every day here on Fort Leonard Wood and know that we can count on each of you to give your focus and attention to creating an environment where all people are treated with dignity and respect.
We trust each of you will do your part and are proud to serve with you.
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.)