Health & Safety

May 17, 2013

Hagel orders retraining of recruiters, sexual assault responders

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON – Amid a spate of allegations of criminal behavior by military recruiters and service members involved in the Defense Department’s efforts to prevent sexual assaults and help that crime’s victims, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the services to retrain, re-credential and rescreen all sexual assault prevention and response personnel and military recruiters.

In a statement, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Hagel was informed yesterday about allegations of criminal behavior against an Army sergeant first class who was a sexual assault prevention and response coordinator at Fort Hood, Texas.

“I cannot convey strongly enough his frustration, anger and disappointment over these troubling allegations and the breakdown in discipline and standards they imply,” Little said.

Hagel met with Army Secretary John McHugh and directed him to fully investigate the matter rapidly, to discover the extent of the allegations, and to ensure all of those who might be involved are dealt with appropriately, the press secretary added.

Little said Hagel directed the retraining, re-credentialing and rescreening to address the broader concerns that have arisen out of these allegations and other recent events.

“Sexual assault is a crime, and will be treated as such,” the press secretary said. “The safety, integrity, and well-being of every service member and the success of our mission hang in the balance. Secretary Hagel is looking urgently at every course of action to stamp out this deplorable conduct and ensure that those individuals up and down the chain of command who tolerate or engage in this behavior are appropriately held accountable.”

Army officials announced yesterday that the Army Criminal Investigation Command is investigating the Fort Hood Soldier for pandering, abusive sexual contact, assault and maltreatment of subordinates.

In a statement, Defense Department officials said the Soldier had been assigned as an equal opportunity advisor and sexual harassment and sexual assault response and prevention program coordinator with a 3rd Corps battalion at Fort Hood when the allegations surfaced. The Soldier was immediately suspended from all duties by the chain of command once the allegations were brought to the command’s attention, officials said, adding that charges had so far not been filed or preferred.

During testimony last week before the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee, McHugh expressed anger over sexual assaults and sex abuse crimes in the military.

“This is so contrary to everything upon which the Army was built,” he said. “To see this kind of activity happening in our ranks is really heart wrenching and sickening.”

McHugh told members of Congress that Army leaders are focused on efforts to prevent sexual assaults.

“As I said to our new brigadier general corps when I spoke to them about two weeks ago, ‘You can do everything from this point forward in your military career perfectly, but if you fail on this, you have failed the Army,’” he said.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Delivery nurse drops donut day for Performance Triad

WASHINGTON – Capt. Frances Young used to have doughnut day with her family every weekend. After filling up on donuts with her husband and two children, ages 3 and 4, she said she would get an initial sugar rush and then feel sleepy and crash for the rest of the day. Young, who is the...
 
 
Run-for-God

Religious Support Office offers new running program

Fort Huachuca’s Religious Support Office is hosting a practical, non-competitive guide to running and a 12-week training plan with a Christian focus. The program, titled ‘Run for God’ will begin training from 5 p.m. to 6 ...
 
 

ArmyFit website offers information on how to achieve, sustain lasting fitness

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. – For little more than a year, the Army has been promoting a website called ArmyFit, a resource site that provides Soldiers, Family members and U.S. Army civilians with information regarding their physical, spiritual, emotional, Family and social status. The site allows the user to take a completely confidential brief survey through...
 

 

ASAP, SHARP to host Alcohol Awareness Month activities

Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. The Fort Huachuca Army Substance Abuse Program, ASAP will sponsor a host of activities that create awareness in the...
 
 

ArmyFit website offers information on how to achieve, sustain lasting fitness

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — For little more than a year, the Army has been promoting a website called ArmyFit, a resource site that provides Soldiers, family members and U.S. Army civilians with information regarding their physical, spiritual, emotional, family and social status. The site allows the user to take a completely confidential brief survey through...
 
 

Army health leaders advocate for importance of nutrition

WASHINGTON — During National Nutrition Month in March, “we encourage each of you to renew a commitment to achieving your personal Performance Triad goals,” said Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho. This year’s theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” she said. The Performance Triad focuses on the importance of sleep, activity and nutrition...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin