Local

April 3, 2015
 

Focused on eliminating sexual assault

By SHARP and PAO
NTC and Fort Irwin
Photo by Gustavo Bahena, Public Affairs Office
Captain Nicole Myers

The Department of the Army selected Fort Irwin’s deputy manager of the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Program here as the recipient of a prestigious honor.

Captain Nicole Myers was named the 2015 DA Sexual Assault Response Coordinator. She was selected from a field of 330 Army-appointed SARCs and will compete for the honor of top SARC at the Department of Defense in April.

Myers said she is appreciative to have been part of the growth and development by the Army in its response to sexual assault. She followed Congressional debates about the issue and felt a need to be involved. While serving with 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment as an ordnance officer, she volunteered to serve as victim advocate. She then progressed to the role of victim advocate for the entire regiment. About a year and a half ago, she began serving at the post level.

Myers’ accomplishments during her tenure as a SARC here are wide-ranging, stated Maj. Robyn Boehringer, manager of SHARP here. Her initiatives included: developing and leading a women’s mentorship program for more than 500 female Soldiers; instituting world-class victim advocacy care; implementing bystander intervention training for a wide variety of audiences, and; hosting numerous awareness and prevention community events focusing on eliminating the negative behaviors that lead to sexual assault.

Myers is honored for the recognition and grateful for being nominated by Boehringer. She explained that the award is a representation of the staff involved with the program here.

“It was a great achievement for Fort Irwin,” Myers said. “I see it definitely as a team accomplishment. We have a very, very dedicated, hard working, passionate, professional team, who really put their heart and soul into what they do.”

According to Boehringer, Myers has also been vital in the establishment of timely and responsive victim advocacy and survivor healing support. During the past year, she has collaborated with clinicians in order to implement holistic recovery options for sexual assault survivors. These resiliency building and healing programs included support groups for male and female survivors, art therapy, equine therapy, self-defense, yoga, and wilderness therapy.

Myers’ efforts in the realm of victim advocacy have not gone unnoticed by the larger SHARP community. In October of 2014, she was selected to participate in the Army chief of staff SHARP advisory panel in Washington and she was selected to assist in drafting portions of the new Army regulation 600-20, which deals with sexual harassment and sexual assault.

The captain will leave the military this summer in order to purse her passion in this field. Myers is currently completing her graduate degree in public health and plans on applying for either a doctorate or medical degree in social work.

“It’s really rewarding for me to know that I’ll be leaving this program and mission with such a capable and passionate team,” Myers said.




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


 
 

 
Army photograph

For the first time, Army sensors can detect aircraft damage as it occurs

Army photograph The damage sensing network is integrated into a conceptual composite UH-60M Black Hawk rotorcraft. For the first time ever, a team of researchers successfully developed and tested networked acoustic emission sen...
 
 
eafb-eod6

Edwards EOD hosts realistic training for fellow bomb squad members

Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit A U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Soldier from Fort Irwin, Calif., uses a detecting device to search for improvised explosive devices during a training event at Edwards Air Force Ba...
 
 
tricare

Take command: Enroll now for 2018 TRICARE coverage

On Jan. 1, 2018, there are a number of changes coming to your TRICARE benefit. This includes a change to the current TRICARE regions. The current three regions (North, South and West) will become two regions (East and West). Th...