U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll Garrison Community Joins in Honoring Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month | Article


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Active duty personnel from the U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll and U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3, Detail Marshall Islands, played a friendly kickball game at Ragan Field April 6, 2022, in observance of the Month of the sexual assault awareness and prevention. (U.S. Army photo by Jessica Dambruch)
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Proclamation Signed USAG-KA Honors Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

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US Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll Commanding Officer Col. Tom Pugsley, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Ismael Ortega, right, signs a proclamation honoring the Army’s observance of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month following a ceremony April 2, 2022, at USAG-KA Command Headquarters . (U.S. Army photo by Jessica Dambruch)
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Members of the U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll Command Team gathered at USAG-KA Command Headquarters April 2, 2022 for the signing of a proclamation honoring the military’s April celebration of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

“I thank you all for being here to witness the signing of this proclamation today,” USAG-KA Commander Col. Tom Pugsley told those gathered. “At USAG-KA, we take issues of harassment and assault seriously, and we value the opportunity to help foster and create a safe environment for the entire Garrison community.”

The signing kicked off a month-long series of SAAPM events for the community coordinated with the help of Sgt. 1st Class Effie Banks.

On April 6, USAG-KA personnel faced the U.S. Navy’s Third Mobile Construction Battalion, Marshall Islands detail, in a friendly kickball match. After the game, USAG-KA Commander Tom Pugsley addressed team members reminding them to deter unwanted and abusive behavior that has no place in the Department of Justice community. Defense.

Community members had the opportunity to meet with assault and harassment prevention advocates for information and educational training opportunities at an AAFES SHARP tent in downtown Kwajalein. Joining Banks are Handy Niro and Bwojenta Kabua, members of Women United Together Marshall Islands’ Ebeye Section, and U.S. Navy Mobile Construction Battalion Three, Detail Marshall Islands Sexual Assault Prevention Response, representing Petty Officer 2nd Class Jessica Hermeling. April 16. Together, the teammates shared information about the program with community members from Kwajalein and Ebeye.

“Anyone, anytime, anywhere can be the target of sexual assault and harassment,” Banks said. “In the Marshall Islands, we have a vibrant community. Our goal is to involve everyone in the search for a solution to sexual violence and to support and protect those who have been victims of it.

Banks gave a special presentation for Kwajalein High School students to introduce young audiences to SHARP program concepts and helpful resources over the following week.

On April 20, dressed in teal, the official color of the SAAPM month, community diners joined the USAG-KA command team at Captain Louis S. Zamperini’s cafeteria for a “teal meal.” themed to raise awareness, including a cake cutting ceremony. .

Although themed outreach activities peak in April, vigilance and action can help communities preserve and maintain a healthy environment for all members.

Banks encourages the community to take an active role in providing a supportive environment and watching out for troubling behaviors that could lead to a SHARP incident.

A SHARP motto is a phrase USAG-KA takes to heart, Banks said.

“The USAG-KA Command Team and the SHARP Program fully support the ‘I Am’ statement, which stands for ‘Intervene, Act, Motivate’. … It takes 45 seconds to respond to an incident that might otherwise result in a life of pain.


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