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October 2021 Articles

Through Adversity West Point Cadet Builds Character, Unit Cohesion

10/25/2021
As the Army puts more pressure on its leaders to develop unity at its core levels, West Point superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams and First Captain Holland Pratt shared some of the insights of the philosophy at the academy, where Cadets train to build cohesion every day. Williams said that character sets the foundation for unit solidarity and effective readiness.

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Red Ribbon Week Symbolizes Individual, Community Commitment to be Drug Free

10/20/2021
The last week of October is designated as Red Ribbon Week. This is an annual national drug prevention campaign that encourages Americans to wear red ribbons in memory of U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was kidnapped and tortured to death by members of a Mexican drug cartel in 1985.

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Taking Care of Families Helps Army Retain its People, Senior Leaders Say

10/19/2021
In an effort to prioritize people and better address the concerns of Army Families, senior leaders answered questions about health care, moves and domestic violence during a town hall. Secretary of the Army Christine E. Wormuth, Army Chief of Staff General James C. McConville, and Sergeant Major of the Army Michael A. Grinston said that placing all Army personnel as the top priority will strengthen the force.

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AUSA 2021 Warriors Corner: Behavioral Health Pulse

10/13/2021
Video of AUSA 2021 Warriors Corner Behavioral Health Pulse presentation featuring Dr. James A. Helis, Director, Army Resilience Directorate (ARD), Dr. Jim Anderson, ARD Researcher, and Ms. Jennifer Phillips, contractor supporting ARD.

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AUSA 2021 Warriors Corner: A "CALL" to Action: Reducing Suicide in Army Formations

10/13/2021
Video of AUSA 2021 Warriors Corner A "CALL" to Action: Reducing Suicide in Army Formations presentation with Dr. James A. Helis, Director, Army Resilience Directorate (ARD) and COL Matthew Weber, Chief of ARD’s R2I&T Division.

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Senior Enlisted Leaders: Building Better Soldiers Strengthens Unit Cohesion

10/12/2021
Soldiers could soon have up to three opportunities a year to earn an expert badge as part of an effort to foster cohesive units, the top enlisted leader for Army Training and Doctrine Command said. Command Sergeant Major Dan Hendrex added by affording Soldiers more chances to earn their expert badge they will be one step closer to that goal. The badges include the Expert Infantryman Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, and Expert Soldier Badge, which Soldiers often previously had only one chance annually to earn.

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U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii One of Five Installations Chosen for SHARP Fusion Pilot

10/08/2021
As part of the planned redesign of its Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program, the Army will launch a one-year pilot establishing a Fusion Directorate designed to care for, protect and empower victims. One of the first Directorates will be located in Hawaii.

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Army Empowers Help-Seeking Mindset With REACH

10/07/2021
The Army has a new suicide prevention tool to assist in its efforts to cultivate a culture where asking for help is no longer perceived as a sign of weakness. Called Resources Exist, Asking Can Help, or REACH, the training helps individuals explore perceived or real barriers to seeking help, said Malia Nemetz, Fort Leonard Wood Army Substance Abuse Program Specialist and Installation Suicide Prevention Program manager, who completed a train the trainer REACH course in September and will be implementing the new program here in the coming months to augment the suicide prevention program already in place.

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Army Launches Fusion Directorate Pilot Designed to Improve Services for Sexual Assault Victims: Six Installations and the Army Reserve Will Participate in the Year-Long Pilot

10/06/2021
The Army has launched a one-year pilot designed to better care for, protect and empower sexual assault victims. The fusion directorate pilot, which is part of the planned redesign of the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program, will offer an additional reporting mechanism and coordinated medical, investigative, legal and support services that are independent of a victim’s immediate command. The lessons we learn from this pilot will help us improve our support to victims in real time and design a better program for the future. The Army will be locating pilot sites – expected to open in early 2022 – at a broad range of sizes and types of installations: Aberdeen Proving Ground; Schofield Barracks; Fort Bragg; Fort Irwin; Fort Riley; and Fort Sill. In addition, the Army Reserve will pilot a virtual fusion directorate for the 99th Readiness Division. While not participating in the pilot, the National Guard is actively involved in the planning effort and will develop a unique, state-based product.

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A Battle Worth Fighting, JBLM Takes on Suicide Prevention

10/06/2021
As part of Suicide Prevention Month efforts, former NBA All-Star James Donaldson visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington as the guest speaker for the Directorate of Personnel and Family Readiness’ Risk Reduction event. The event focused on death by suicide prevention and awareness.

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Resolving Moral Injury: Dealing With Fallout From the War in Afghanistan

10/04/2021
What is moral injury? The damage done to one’s conscience or moral compass when a person perpetrates or witnesses or fails to prevent acts that transgress against one’s own moral fiber or ethical code of conduct or values. So, we make a promise – we will make your life better, you can come to America – and not only is that broken, but you and your Family very well could die for doing this.

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