CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage.
These seven values are instilled in every Soldier from the first day of service in the Army. Together, they make up the seven Army Values that each individual is expected to live by throughout their military career.
The Soldiers of the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) Operational Command Post in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, as well as subordinate commands, took some time to recommit themselves to these values during a Living Army Values Week March 11-13.
The event, planned and coordinated by the 1st TSC chaplain's office, was designed not to train the Soldiers on the Army Values, but an opportunity to reemphasize the importance of living these values throughout not only your professional career, but living the values at all times.
"Living Army Values Week is a moral leadership and spiritual fitness initiative that is designed to reinforce the seven Army Values in the lives of our Soldiers," said Col. Raymond Robinson, command chaplain for the 1st TSC. "The whole idea behind it is to invite us to inundate those values to further reinforce them into our lives so that we could live them both personally and professionally."
The week began the morning of March 11 with an individual race event followed by a command run, all focusing on the value of Personal Courage.
During the command run, the Soldiers of the 1100th Theater Aviation Support and Maintenance Group won the esprit de corps award for the highest motivation.
Later that day, the chaplain's hosted the Living Army Values Leadership Bowl, a game-show type competition, pitting teams from subordinate commands against each other in a trivia game reflecting on the seven Army Values. The highlighted value for this event was Integrity.
The Soldiers from the 14th Human Resources Support Command claimed the first place trophy by ousting the 3rd Sustainment Brigade in the final round, while the 469th Financial Management Support Command finished third.
"Our team did a great job coming together and supporting one another throughout studying and at the competition," said Spc. Robert Martin, Jr., team captain for the 14th HRSC. "The competition was a great event, and I learned a lot reading the stories and hearing about all the great things Soldiers past had accomplished while living the Army Values."
The second day was highlighted by a Values Prayer Breakfast, focusing on the values of Loyalty and Honor, as well as providing Soldiers an opportunity to strengthen their personal spiritual fitness.
"The list of Army Values is something that you do. But for me personally, The Army Values do not represent what you do; they identify who you are," said Dr. Chuck Stecker, the guest speaker for the Values Prayer Breakfast and ordained minister with the Evangelical Church Alliance. "It is the character, the fiber, and the fabric of the person that you are and what you do in this world as a result of that."
Following the breakfast, Soldiers then gathered within small platoon and squad level groups within their commands to review a prepared Army Values scenario training opportunity.
The afternoon of March 12 was dedicated for units to then go out into the local area and volunteer within the community for service projects. By utilizing the Army Value of Selfless Service, the Soldiers were able to make a positive impact on the local community.
"We're out here doing Selfless Service, the old initiative of paying it forward, cleaning up our mess for generations to come to be able to enjoy this beach," said Capt. Juan Hernandez, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) "It goes back to Selfless Service, and the Soldiers volunteering their time to come out."
The week concluded with a special motivational guest speaker, Mike Domitrz, founder of the Date Safe Project, and author of the book, "May I Kiss You?," as he talked with Soldiers about the importance of healthy dating, intimacy, consent, sex, respect, sexual assault, and honoring survivors of sexual assault and it's relation to living the Army Values of Honor and Duty.
"Today's events were all about the warrior program and army values and how we apply those to reduce sexual assault and sexual violence. We come in and teach three main skill sets," said Domitrz. "Number one, how to ask first before engaging in intimacy; number two how to intervene when you see someone not living those army values; and number three how to open the door for survivors so that they can come forward and be fully supported. We want Soldiers to take home these three skills sets and use them in their life."
The week of Living Army Values was an excellent opportunity for the Soldiers to reinforce the Army Values within their lives and motivating them to emphasize these values.
"This is the best Army Values training that I have seen in my almost 32 years in the military," said Maj. Gen. Darrell K. Williams, the 1st TSC commander. "The Army Values are a way of life. It's not merely something that we talk about; it's the way we carry ourselves, the way we represent our profession.
"We did have a great deal of fun, but it all centered on the Army Values and the importance of spiritual fitness within those Army Values."