• Col. James D. Kinkade, commander, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, looks on as Jan Burke, 402nd AFSB's equal employment opportunity manager, provides information on the assistance she offers in support of the SHARP program.

    402nd AFSB conducts reinforcement SHARP training

    Col. James D. Kinkade, commander, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, looks on as Jan Burke, 402nd AFSB's equal employment opportunity manager, provides information on the assistance she offers in support of the SHARP program.

  • Capt. Jennifer Beerman, senior trial counsel, 1st Sustainment Command (Theater), explains her role as prosecutor and the different options available to victims.

    402nd AFSB conducts reinforcement SHARP training

    Capt. Jennifer Beerman, senior trial counsel, 1st Sustainment Command (Theater), explains her role as prosecutor and the different options available to victims.

  • 1st Lt. Tashima McMurray, SHARP victim advocate, and Staff Sgt. Desmond Porter, personnel noncommissioned officer, both from the 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support), perform a skit depicting an incident where a Soldier is assaulted and later threatened.

    402nd AFSB conducts reinforcement SHARP training

    1st Lt. Tashima McMurray, SHARP victim advocate, and Staff Sgt. Desmond Porter, personnel noncommissioned officer, both from the 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support), perform a skit depicting an incident where a Soldier is assaulted and later...

  • Col. James D. Kinkade, commander, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, looks on as Tonya Weaver, 402nd AFSB SHARP victim advocate, explains the difference between sexual harassment and sexual assault, the complaint process for sexual harassment, and the different reporting options for sexual assault.

    402nd AFSB conducts reinforcement SHARP training

    Col. James D. Kinkade, commander, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, looks on as Tonya Weaver, 402nd AFSB SHARP victim advocate, explains the difference between sexual harassment and sexual assault, the complaint process for sexual harassment, and the...

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait -- The 402nd Army Field Support Brigade held a Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention training session for brigade staff and subordinate units, Jan. 21.

As Col. James D. Kinkade, commander, 402nd AFSB, gave his opening remarks, he reiterated that SHARP is his top priority.

"We can't afford to wait for quarterly training. We need to have discussions like this all the time," he said.

Following Kinkade's remarks, A'Keta Vasser, sexual assault response coordinator for 402nd AFSB, spoke about the seriousness of the issue within the ranks and provided statistics from throughout the unit's footprint.

Capt. Jennifer Beerman, 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) trial counsel, shared what her role is as a prosecutor and also discussed the role of the special victim counselor.

"The goal is to make the process easier for victims with the hope that the program will help victims feel more comfortable in reporting sexual assaults," Beerman said.

Chaplain (Capt.) Michael Mackrell, operation chaplain, Army Central Command (Forward), said his role is to meet the victims where they are. As he shared his role with the SHARP program, he explained the acronym he operates by -- L.O.V.E.S., which means Listen, Observe, Validate, Empathize and Support.

"I have three daughters … when I see posters like this, I think of my own daughters. I wouldn't want this happening to them," Mackrell said.

1st Lt. Tashima McMurray, SHARP victim advocate and Staff Sgt. Desmond Porter, personnel noncommissioned officer, both from the 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support), acted out a skit portraying how a sexual assault could happen within a military unit.

"The skit brought it home for me … the power, the intimidation, the physical contact and threats. I've experienced that as a third party, after which I suffered reprisal for stepping up," said Delbert Powell, 402nd AFSB safety manager.

When asked if he had to do it again, he said, "Yes, in a heartbeat!" He later said, "While being here in Kuwait, in the 402nd AFSB, this is the most focus I have seen on SHARP."

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