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December 2022 Articles

YEAR IN REVIEW: Army Improves Quality of Care, Services for Soldiers

12/29/2022
Soldiers, Family members and civilians are the Army’s most valuable resource. This year, to meet the needs of an evolving Army, service leaders have reexamined policies and revised programs to improve service members’ quality of life.

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YEAR IN REVIEW: Army Augments Readiness Through Strategy, Exercise

12/29/2022
With military readiness in mind, throughout 2022 the Army worked on its ability to “fight tonight” while preparing for the battlefield of tomorrow. It also strengthened strategic partnerships during DEFENDER-Europe 22, outlined its climate strategy and launched an updated Army Combat Fitness Test.

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Stand Up for SAAPM 2023: Crowdsourcing Results

12/29/2022
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month 2023 is coming in April, and we are currently deciding the theme. A panel of ARD headquarters leaders and SHARP program leaders will select one idea from the top three vote-getters based on creativity, messaging and theme.

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Creating Your Own Holiday: Nontraditional Family Celebrations

12/29/2022
The holidays can be a great time for family and friends to get together and celebrate, even in a nontraditional, nonreligious, alternative fashion.

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Five Tips to Mindful Drinking During the Holiday Season

12/29/2022
Here are five tips to practicing mindful drinking during the holiday season from Laura Garcia, M.S. Ed., ASAP prevention coordinator, Fort Rucker, Alabama.

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WACH Soldiers Boost Teamwork, Resilience Skills on Obstacle Course

12/29/2022
Over 120 Soldiers from Weed Army Community Hospital, Fort Irwin, California, worked together to complete a physically and mentally challenging obstacle course.

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Unwrapping the Holiday Spirit on Army Bases

12/29/2022
By participating in the pleasures of the season, Soldiers can reenergize both their bodies and minds, making them more resilient to tackle the critical duties that keep Americans safe.

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Time Management. What Is It, and Why Is It Important?

12/29/2022
Time management is the ability to use one’s time effectively or productively, especially at work. It’s important to be able to be productive as some jobs or careers have a higher operational tempo than others and require much more in order to support the unit.

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Recap: September, October and November Webinars

12/29/2022
The Army Resilience Directorate webinar series included an overview of the Integrated Prevention Advisory Group, the Office of Special Trial Counsel and mental health resilience.

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Bells on Bobtails Ring: Sexual Harassment Warning Signs During Holiday Festivities

12/29/2022
To prevent collisions, sleigh drivers placed bells on horses’ tails (bobtails) to alert pedestrians and sleighs that another sleigh was nearby. You can set your own alert system to help prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault by knowing the warning signs and recognizing intervention opportunities.

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Army Coaching Program: Investment in Army Leadership

12/29/2022
The Army Talent Management Task Force is aiming to improve leadership skills by providing coaches (not to be confused with mentors) to Soldiers and DA Civilians through the Army Coaching Program.

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1ID Reflects on Impressive 2022 Year

12/28/2022
The 1st Infantry Division has consistently made vast contributions to the nation’s defense in ways such as readiness and modernization, warfighting mastery and unit deployment capabilities. This year the division shined again as it implemented multiple programs and resources to ensure that all Soldiers and their Family members could achieve top physical and mental wellness.

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Integrative Prevention Officer: We Need ‘New and Fresh’ Solutions to Harmful Behaviors

12/27/2022
As the Illinois National Guard’s new integrative prevention officer, Matt Palmisano leads a team of seven charged with preventing workplace violence and harassment, family violence and abuse, self-directed harm and sexual violence. The team is part of a new nationwide effort to use a public-health approach to address these societal issues within the National Guard.

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Help Prevent Impaired Driving This Holiday; Let This Year’s Only Toll Be the One You Pay on the Turnpike

12/27/2022
Impaired-driving incidents soar during the holidays, and one major cause of them is substance misuse. To stem the problem among its forces, the Army has two systems in place at the installation level: prevention and treatment.

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Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Recognizes Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness Month

12/22/2022
December is Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness Month. SAD is a mental health condition that many people suffer from in winter. Dr. Kalim A. Alcover-Pabon, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s clinical psychologist, shares his advice on how to cope with SAD.

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The Fittest, Fastest & Strongest

12/16/2022
Soldiers in the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado, sweated their way through the annual Best Ranger and Best Sapper competition, consisting of strenuous events that are designed to challenge participants both mentally and physically.

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When Merry Turns Scary: Coping With Alcohol Abuse During the Holidays

12/15/2022
The season of good cheer and holiday spirit is met with great anticipation. After all, it’s a time when people gather with friends, family and co-workers to eat, drink and be merry. But being merry can be scary if you’re struggling with alcohol abuse during the holidays. There are simple ways, though, to imbibe in moderation—or not at all—to ensure happy and healthy celebrations.

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RAND Study Examines Sexual Assault Experiences in the Active-Component Army

12/15/2022
The RAND Arroyo Center released the results of an Army-commissioned study, “Sexual Assault Experiences in the Active-Component Army: Variation by Year, Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Installation Risk Level.” This study provides information on the characteristics of victims’ self-identified most serious sexual assault experiences, including sexual assault behaviors, perpetrators (including number, military status, gender, relationship to victim), times and places, alcohol and drug involvement, and co-occurrence with hazing, bullying, sexual harassment, and/or stalking in the previous year.

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Meet Rosie: Army Cyber Protection Brigade Therapy Dog

12/14/2022
A dog named Rosie is bringing healing and comfort to those in distress within the Army. The golden doodle, who works with Wendy Sprools, the Cyber Protection Brigade Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) victim advocate, senses when someone in a meeting or training is anxious and settles next to them, to offer emotional support.

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Presidio of Monterey Helps DLIFLC Students Create Plan to Alleviate Holiday Stress

12/13/2022
Jillian Santillanez, victim advocate for the Presidio of Monterey Family Advocacy Program, shared tips on how to combat holiday stress during a cookie-decorating event offered to students at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and military service members.

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ASC Employs Workplace Programs to Sustain the Force at High-Readiness Level

12/12/2022
The Army Sustainment Command is providing programs for its Soldiers and Civilian employees to help them succeed in highly demanding positions that require superior physical and mental fitness and the ability to oversee complex logistical operations. The programs are part of the All Things People initiative, which is aimed at maintaining a healthy and vibrant workforce by offering support and services.

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Special Victims Summit Empowers the Fort Bragg Community

12/09/2022
Speakers from different disciplines delivered powerful messages on trauma bonding at the 6th annual Fort Bragg Special Victims Summit, attended by hundreds, including Fort Bragg senior military leaders, medical personnel, legal representatives, law enforcement and survivors.

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Fort Lee Leaders Engage in SHARP Summit

12/05/2022
To support the Army’s goal of systemic improvement of its Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Program, command teams across Fort Lee, Virginia, gathered to discuss issues relevant to the program at the annual Combined Arms Support Command-Fort Lee SHARP Summit at Larkin Hall.

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Army Experts: Mixed Messages Can Fuel Stigma, Prevent Soldiers From Accessing Behavioral Health Care

12/05/2022
Military policies and testing requirements ensure that Soldiers are physically trained and ready to fight the nation’s wars while reducing injury risks through scientifically supported methods. But many leaders across the Defense Department say that improving Soldiers’ mental health is another vital component to increasing the service’s strength.

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Trainees Turn to Peer Leaders for Help Preventing Sexual Harassment in Basic Combat Training

12/01/2022
Leaders at Fort Jackson, in South Carolina, have been testing a new program to reduce sexual harassment incidents during Initial Entry Training. Soldiers Against Sexual Harassment teaches trainees going through basic combat training what inappropriate behaviors to look for and how to intervene and stop them.

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