By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
Special to GUIDON
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month, and it is a time to focus and recommit ourselves to the increasingly essential values we affirm and uphold.
This year’s theme is “Protecting Our People Protects Our Mission,” because the military’s greatest asset is our people.
Service members are intelligent, adaptable professionals who are the strength of our nation. To sustain our all-volunteer force, America must trust that when their sons and daughters enter the military, we will care for them, look out for them, and protect them.
Our number one priority remains mission readiness.
Sexual harassment, assault and retaliation have no place in our military because they not only violate the profession and values we stand for, but also negatively impact individual and unit readiness.
While commanders continue to create a positive and safe environment, it is everyone’s duty to take action, be engaged and work together to eliminate this problem through education, prevention, investigation, accountability, victim 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 to do your part, and we are proud to serve with you.
Victory starts here…victory through skill.
(Editor’s note: Martin is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Breckinridge is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)