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July 2022 Articles

How Performance Nutrition Can Help You Maintain Readiness

07/29/2022
Performance nutrition is not just a part of the military lifestyle; it’s the linchpin to mission readiness. “We define [performance nutrition] as having high-quality nutrition — the appropriate amount at the right time for the right event for our service members,” said Patricia Deuster, who serves as acting director of the Consortium of Health and Military Performance at the Uniformed Services University. “You need to feed your body properly by giving it the right fuel if you want to be able to perform optimally cognitively, mentally, psychologically, and physically.” said Deuster. “It's about really optimizing the performance of our warfighters through the appropriate fueling."

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Fort Knox Suicide Prevention Lead Earns TRADOC Ready, Resilient Guardian of Quarter

07/26/2022
Personnel from five Army installations were recognized as Ready and Resilient Guardians of the Quarter during a recent U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command R2 Council video teleconference. Fort Knox, Ky.’s Suicide Prevention Program Lead, Shirley Johnson, one of the awardees, noted that while it was an honor to receive the accolade from a four-star level commander, it was the nomination by a company commander whose unit he had worked with that meant the most.

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Suicide Prevention Initiative Puts People First at JRTC

07/25/2022
The Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) and Fort Polk, La. kicked off the first iteration of safeTALK suicide prevention training during newcomer orientation. In an effort to implement the senior mission commander’s “Putting People First” priority, all assigned personnel will participate in the four-hour face-to-face training by March 31, 2023. Christa Zayas, Suicide Prevention Program Manager for the installation, said the goal is to have 100 percent of the installation trained to help the Soldiers better understand warning signs and help others contemplating death by suicide.

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August Performance Triad Month Campaign Encourages All Army Stakeholders to Embrace SAN Synergy of Sleep, Activity, Nutrition

07/18/2022
As part of its August “P3 for All” campaign, the U.S. Army Public Health Center is encouraging all Army Leaders, Soldiers, Family members and Soldiers for Life to embrace the synergy of sleep, activity and nutrition, the core components of the Performance Triad (P3), along with the important elements of mental readiness and spiritual readiness. The goal of this year’s campaign is to focus on the total Army Family to spread the word and encourage others to fulfill the target goals of P3.

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Jon Stewart to host DoD Warrior Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies at Walt Disney World Resort

07/15/2022
Comedian, actor and filmmaker Jon Stewart will host the 2022 Department of Defense Warrior Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Stewart has hosted the Warrior Games’ marquee events since 2015. “The Warrior Games symbolizes the resiliency and dedication of each of these warriors, and the tens of thousands of others they represent,” said Stewart.

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Garrison's ASAP Brings Resiliency Training ‘Nuggets’ to Soldiers in the KMC

07/15/2022
Nearly 45 Soldiers stationed at Rhine Ordnance Barracks and Sembach Kaserne participated in the weekly U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz's Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) training on resiliency in Kaiserslautern, Germany. For this type of training, ASAP use small sessions – or “R2 Nuggets,” resiliency talks that last 15-20 minutes.

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New 988 Number for Mental Health Emergencies

07/15/2022
Effective 16 July 2022, “988” will serve as the new direct dial number for the National Suicide Prevention Helpline. The number will be available for use at national, state, and local levels. To reach a call center responder with training to assist the military/veteran population, dial “988” then press “1” to connect to the Veterans Crisis Line and Military Crisis Line.

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Army Establishes Two New Initiatives to Combat Harmful Behaviors

07/14/2022
The Army has implemented two new initiatives to further remove the barriers on combating harmful behaviors and sustain positive command climates. The Safe-to-Report policy safeguards sexual assault victims from disciplinary action for minor collateral misconduct that might be in time, place, or circumstance associated with the sexual assault incident. The Office of Special Trial Counsel is an independent prosecution office that will be dedicated to the investigation, referral, and trial-level litigation and prosecution of covered offenses such as child abuse, rape, and murder.

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‘Green Company’ Promotes Healthy Climate, Reduces Harmful Behaviors at Fort Hood

07/13/2022
The 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Fort Hood, Texas, has implemented an initiative that is leading the way in how the unit receives its Soldiers in an effort to ensure they are better prepared to support the mission. Green Company is a three-week program for Soldiers in the ranks of E1-O5 that receives, integrates, trains and provides Soldiers the opportunity to meet with the unit leadership before they enter the formation.

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The 3rd Military Police Group (CID) Transfer of Authority

07/08/2022
The 3rd Military Police Group Criminal Investigation Division will be hiring a new Civilian Director and will have a higher ratio of Civilian criminal investigators to increase investigative experience and stability. According to Army Public Affairs, these changes are the result of the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee (FHIRC), which examined the command climate at Fort Hood, Texas after the disappearance and murder of Vanessa Guillén. The 136-page report of the FHIRC offered both findings and recommendations intended to benefit the Army and its commitment to safety, respect, inclusiveness, diversity, and freedom from sexual harassment.

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RHC-C selects SARC, Victim Advocate of the Year

07/05/2022
Regional Health Command-Central (RHC-C) recognized their top Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) and Victim Advocate during a ceremony recently. The ceremony was part of the Region’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Prevention Program summit held on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Roger Davidson, from William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss, Texas, was named the RHC-C Exceptional SARC of the Year for 2022. Staff Sgt. Pamela Davis, from Evans Army Community Hospital on Fort Carson, Colo., was named the 2022 Exceptional Victim Advocate.

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Positive Peer Influence Can Help Prevent Sexual Assault

07/05/2022
Positive peer pressure can influence others to adopt good habits and traits from their peer groups leading to beneficial outcomes. It can look like lending a hand to someone in need, sharing personal resources, volunteering, sharing knowledge, and working with others to achieve a common goal. These types of positive influences empower Soldiers to feel supported by their communities and help to normalize behaviors that let others feel safe and secure.

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How Mentors Can Foster Army Professional Ethic and Personal Development for Soldiers

07/05/2022
The Army Ethic exemplifies the conduct of Army Professionals. It includes the expectation of Soldiers and Army Civilians to act upon moral principles when completing missions and duties in their daily lives. How do Soldiers live up to the Army Ethic? Guidance from a mentor helps. Mentors have the experience and desire to advise Soldiers who need direction in their career or to overcome challenging times in their personal lives.

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Understanding Your Character Strengths Can Help You at Work and at Home

07/05/2022
Character strengths—our positive personality traits—impact how we feel, think, and act. According to the VIA Institute on Character, knowing your character strengths helps you connect with people, overcome challenges, find success, and enjoy life. Scientists have identified 24 character strengths that fall under the categories of six virtues— wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence.

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