FORT LEE, Va. -- A senior mission commander-led proclamation signing ceremony is among the list of activities planned at Fort Lee for the April observance of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.
Maj. Gen. Rodney D. Fogg, CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, will preside over the kick-off pledge signing that will take place in the CASCOM Café area at 11 a.m. April 1 (start time subject to change). The proclamation aims to raise awareness about the unacceptable impact of sexual misconduct issues and extends the commander’s intent toward achieving the goal of not allowing it to happen in the military ranks.
Fogg will be joined by Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jonathan O. Yerby, CASCOM CWO; Command Sgt. Maj. Michael J. Perry III, CASCOM CSM, and other members of the installation leadership team.
Dr. James E. Walker who heads up the CASCOM Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program said the signing opens a spate of events scheduled throughout the month to support and acknowledge SHARP’s efforts locally and Army-wide.
“All of the activities are about awareness and prevention,” he said. “What’s key here is commanders and leaders are engaged and are setting the example for others to follow.’
This year’s SAAPM theme is “Shaping a Culture of Trust: Protecting Our People, Protects Our Mission.” Walker said it is a simple but relevant message.
“Our culture is infused with the Army Values,” he observed. “Trust is at the heart of our values, and the theme underscores the importance of trust as the basis for protecting our people and accomplishing the mission.”
Some of the key events slated for the month include the following: a commissary food drive benefiting the chapel food locker program starting April 2; a 59th Ordnance Brigade Proclamation Signing BBQ set for April 6; a SAAPM golf scramble planned for April 12 at the Cardinal Golf Club; and the 23rd QM Bde. SHARP Relay scheduled for April 27.
The Quartermaster School’s Aerial Delivery and Field Services Department also is working plans for a “Jumping for SHARP” program at Fort Pickett – coverage of the inaugural 2017 event can be found at www.fortleetraveller.com. Details will be announced through social media channels and the Traveller once confirmed.
Staff Sgt. Ilia Y. BerriosCruz, CASCOM victim advocate, said she is enthusiastic about the schedule of events.
“I’m really excited about it,” she said, noting this is her first SAAPM as a victim advocate. “I think we have some really good events set up for community members to take part in, especially the young Soldiers on post. I’m anxious to see how it all turns out at the end of the month.”
For more information about the SHARP program and other events scheduled, call 804-734-6594.