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December 2021 Articles

South Dakota and Wyoming National Guard Lead the Way with New Sexual Assault Response Training

12/29/2021
The South Dakota Army National Guard has partnered with the Wyoming Army National Guard to pilot a program to better prepare service members to respond to a sexual assault. The program is designed to instruct peers how to respond to another when they disclose a sexual assault and render aid when those service members are in need. It's not meant to replace the current Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program, but rather, supplement it.

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BOSS Panel Shares Soldier Perspective

12/23/2021
The Camp Humphreys Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program recently hosted a reverse panel. The panel relayed raw feedback from junior enlisted Soldiers to military leaders about the Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program, Equal Opportunity, and leadership. The forum encouraged candid conversation between junior Soldiers and senior leaders.

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Top Stories of the Year: Female Pioneers, SHARP Changes Highlight Army’s People Focus in 2021

12/22/2021
Women in the Army continued to make history in 2021. The first woman graduated from the Army Sniper School and the service confirmed its first female Army secretary. The nation’s largest military branch strengthened its focus on its people and commitment to helping sexual harassment and assault victims and honored the fallen on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. This article revisits the top stories on the Army’s people focus in 2021.

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Soldiers, Family Members Build Strong Bonds at Winter Resort

12/17/2021
U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Soldiers and their Family members attended a Strong Bonds marriage training event at the Vivaldi Ski Resort in Hongcheon City. The retreat aimed to enhance married Soldiers’ resiliency and Family readiness by learning how to sustain a strong and healthy marriage. The curriculum focused on the Five Love Languages and effective communication.

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Fort Bragg Kicks off Drunk, Drugged Driving Prevention Month During Holiday Travel Season

12/15/2021
December is Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month and has been proclaimed National Impaired Driving Prevention Month by President Joe Biden. Fort Bragg’s Army Substance Abuse Program has partnered up with external agencies including the Army & Air Force Exchange Services Loss Prevention, Cumberland County Sherriff’s Office, provost marshal, the safety liaisons, military police, and Beacon’s Towing to develop a campaign reduce the number of impaired drivers.

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Garrison Chaplains Provide Vital Mental Health, Counseling for Holidays

12/14/2021
Chaplain (Maj.) Michael Dawson understands the unique challenge living a life as a Soldier can bring during the holidays or any other time of year. For one, he is a Soldier. For another, he lends an ear to the many other Soldiers who come to him at U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz in Germany. Chaplains are also a unique part of a Soldier’s mental health options and a vital player in the garrison’s first Line of Effort: People, and the Army's broader priority of 'People First.'

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People First Task Force Building More Cohesive Teams

12/13/2021
One year ago, the Army created the People First Task Force (PFTF) to help address harmful behaviors and build cohesion across the Army. The Task Force was created to respond to the list of findings and recommendations within the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee report. Following the committee’s report, the PFTF has spent the last year coordinating efforts and initiatives to address harmful behaviors that were outlined. They are tackling these issues with assistance from organizations and leadership internal and external to the Army – including the Department of Defense’s 90-day Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault.

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Workplace & Gender Relations Survey skipped in 2020, Now Open Again

12/9/2021
To assess efforts in preventing gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual assault, the Department of Defense is administering the 2021 Workplace and Gender Relations Survey of Military Members. Prior to the pandemic, the survey was conducted biennially by the Office of People Analytics (OPA), with the survey of the Active Component administered on even years and the survey of the Reserve Component on odd years. As a result of COVID-19, the 2020 survey was postponed and is now being combined with the scheduled Reserve Component survey.

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65th Medical Brigade Conducts Readiness and Resiliency Stand-Down

12/6/2021
The 65th Medical Brigade and Medical Activity-Korea recently conducted a two-day stand-down to equip employees with the tools and resources necessary to maintain readiness and resiliency. Although the Brigade hosted the stand-down from the Four Chaplains Chapel, medical units across Korea were able to participate virtually, allowing participants direct access to subject matter experts and opportunities for candid, small-group discussion and feedback.

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