• Soldiers of the 7th Infantry Division conduct Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention training on Joint Base Lewis-McChord as part of SHARP Stand-Up Day, June 18. Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, 7th ID commanding general, is leading seven brigades of the division, more than 20,000 soldiers, with engaged leadership and a culture of awareness. "Today is about reaffirming dignity, respect, and trust. We want an environment that is conducive to victims coming forward," he said.

    Black Widows share thoughts, stand up to sexual misconduct

    Soldiers of the 7th Infantry Division conduct Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention training on Joint Base Lewis-McChord as part of SHARP Stand-Up Day, June 18. Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, 7th ID commanding general, is leading seven...

  • Soldiers of the 7th Infantry Division conduct Sexual Harassment andAssault Response and Prevention training on Joint Base Lewis-McChord as part of SHARP Stand Up Day, June 18. Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, 7th ID commanding general, is leading seven brigades of the division, more than 20,000 soldiers, with engaged leadership and a culture of awareness. "When you have sexual assault in the military, it breaks down the fabric of trust that's in our organization. The same trust that we have in combat in terms of how we take care of our soldiers, the protection that we want to give them, is the same as what we need to have when we return to home station. What we're seeing right now is a breakdown of that trust," Lanza said.

    Black Widows share thoughts, stand up to sexual misconduct

    Soldiers of the 7th Infantry Division conduct Sexual Harassment andAssault Response and Prevention training on Joint Base Lewis-McChord as part of SHARP Stand Up Day, June 18. Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, 7th ID commanding general, is leading seven...

  • Soldiers of the 7th Infantry Division conduct Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention training on Joint Base Lewis-McChord as part of SHARP Stand-Up Day, June 18. Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, 7th ID commanding general, is leading seven brigades of the division, more than 20,000 soldiers, with engaged leadership and a culture of awareness. "Today is a day to really reaffirm the values that underpin us as a military, as an institution, really reaffirm the climate of trust that we wanna have in our organization. We're training our soldiers in what they need to be doing to take care of each other. We're going through our cases right now that are under investigation by Criminal Investigation Division. So a holistic look today at reaffirming the bonds of trust that unite us together and then reaffirming what we need to do to mitigate sexual assault in our army," said Lanza.

    Black Widows share thoughts, stand up to sexual misconduct

    Soldiers of the 7th Infantry Division conduct Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention training on Joint Base Lewis-McChord as part of SHARP Stand-Up Day, June 18. Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, 7th ID commanding general, is leading seven...

  • First Lt. Steven Hunter (right), executive officer for Headquarters Support Company, 7th Infantry Division, plays the role of a female soldier during role playing training for Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Stand-Up Day, June 18. For more than 20,000 soldiers, June 18 was a day to take a stand against sexual misconduct, as commanding general, Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, issued a division-wide sexual harassment and assault stand-up day across seven brigades at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. "There's five imperatives that you'll see today. The first thing really is about prevention. Establishing the conditions in our organization to prevent this. Second is investigation. Every allegation is professionally investigated by CID. The third and probably most important is to sustain a climate of trust and a command climate that is conducive to dignity and respect in our organizations. The fourth is accountability. Accountability for those who commit these crimes and for the commanders who have to enforce values in these organizations. And then lastly is all leaders engaged," explained Lanza.

    Black Widows share thoughts, stand up to sexual misconduct

    First Lt. Steven Hunter (right), executive officer for Headquarters Support Company, 7th Infantry Division, plays the role of a female soldier during role playing training for Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Stand-Up Day, June 18. For...

  • Maj. Christopher "A.C." Wiley, Information Operations planner, Headquarters Support Company, 7th Infantry Division, narrates a role-play script for a classroom of 7th ID soldiers during Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention Stand Up Day on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, June 18. Nearly 250 soldiers in Headquarters Support Company, 7th Infantry Division, found themselves in a classroom for Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) training. However, this wasn't the annual SHARP training they may have received in the past.

    Black Widows share thoughts, stand up to sexual misconduct

    Maj. Christopher "A.C." Wiley, Information Operations planner, Headquarters Support Company, 7th Infantry Division, narrates a role-play script for a classroom of 7th ID soldiers during Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention Stand Up Day...

  • Maj. Michael Firmin, commander of Headquarters Support Company, 7th Infantry Division, takes notes during Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention Stand-Up Day training on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, June 18. Nearly 250 soldiers in Headquarters Support Company, 7th Infantry Division, found themselves in a classroom for Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) training. However, this wasn't the annual SHARP training they may have received in the past. "We've gone away from PowerPoint training and we have made this training where it is actually engaged training, leader-engaged training, where the audience and the instructors are engaged together," said 7th Infantry Division commanding general, Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, who issued a division-wide sexual harassment and assault stand-up day across seven brigades at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

    Black Widows share thoughts, stand up to sexual misconduct

    Maj. Michael Firmin, commander of Headquarters Support Company, 7th Infantry Division, takes notes during Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention Stand-Up Day training on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, June 18. Nearly 250 soldiers in...

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - For more than 20,000 soldiers, June 18 was a day to take a stand against sexual misconduct, as the 7th Infantry Division commanding general, Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, issued a division-wide sexual harassment and assault stand-up day across seven brigades at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Nearly 250 "Black Widow" soldiers in Headquarters Support Company, 7th ID, found themselves in a classroom for Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) training. However, this wasn't the annual SHARP training they may have received in the past.

"We've gone away from PowerPoint training and we have made this training where it is actually engaged training, leader-engaged training, where the audience and the instructors are engaged together," said Lanza.

The soldiers watched taped messages from senior Army leadership, including Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond Odierno and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, that reiterated what Lanza said he stands firmly by: sexual harassment and assault cannot and will not be tolerated within the ranks.

Following the video messages, soldiers began a more interactive portion of training where each group had to choose one of three soldiers on a video. The video followed the chosen soldier through his or her daily life, having either witnessed or been a victim of sexual harassment or assault. The video would pause at pivotal points, forcing participants to choose one of four courses of action that would best prevent, address or correct sexual misconduct. Each choice was reviewed and discussed.

The training, supported by sister battalion 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade, took an updated, virtual and interactive approach, which is a dramatic change from the computer-based presentations in the past, explained San Diego, Calif., native, 1st Sgt. Eugene Kuban, HSC first sergeant.

"The training brought discussions, which is always what we want to get out of training. People have different thoughts on and approaches to how they would handle situations, and this type of training brings them together and encourages discussion," he said.

When Kuban joined the Army 17 years ago, the problem of sexual misconduct in the military wasn't nearly as big as it is today but, in retrospect, the force wasn't as big either, he noted.

"As a senior (noncommissioned officer), as a soldier, I will not tolerate it," Kuban said. "It affects everything. It affects soldiers. It affects the unit. It affects combat readiness."

Traditionally, the Army conducts "stand-down" days, where soldiers take a break from their daily duties to attend additional training on safety, suicide prevention, or sexual harassment and assault. However, Lanza preferred to call the day a SHARP "stand-up" day because, he said, soldiers need to stand up to and address the issue of sexual misconduct within the force.

"Today is a day to really reaffirm the values that underpin us as a military, as an institution, really reaffirm the climate of trust that we want to have in our organization. We're training our soldiers in what they need to be doing to take care of each other," he said.

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