By Sgt. Ryan TatumDecember 13, 2017
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Chaplains throughout the 3rd Infantry Division familiarized leadership teams with the various behavioral health resources available at Fort Stewart, Georgia, as part of behavioral health terrain walk, Dec. 7.
"The Army has many resources for their Soldiers and their family to use," said Maj. Andrew Nix, the garrison family life chaplain for the installation. "The new commanding officers (are taken through the different programs such as) the Army Substance Abuse and Prevention (ASAP) to the Military Family Life Consultant Headquarters (MFLC) so they see the representatives and build working relationships with them."
The training started at the Main Post Chapel were Nix conducted the walk after a slew of recent changes in command throughout the division in the past six months. He expressed to the leaders the importance of the training before the groups stepped off to the different sights.
"The behavioral health program is our first line of defense for suicide prevention and incidents," said Nix. "Suicide is a problem across the Army. We are hoping and praying for this day to allow us to combat it and better prevent it because everyone can make a difference."
Lt. Col. Patrick C. Moffett, battalion commander for 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment, has been in command for a year and has noticed some of the changes in the level of care garrison chaplain mentioned at Fort Stewart.
"The resources being moved into the brigades has given commanders a better opportunity to provide support to their Soldiers," said Moffett. "Soldiers have better access to all of the resources 3rd Infantry Division provides."
The battalion commanders and their company leaders were split into small brigade groups and made their way to each facility asking questions from the representatives at every station.
As the brigade groups made their way back to the Main Post Chapel for a break, the leaders from 3rd Infantry Division Artillery traded thoughts about the training.
"The training reminded me of a plethora of resources available to commanders and that you do not have to look for a cookie cutter solution," said Moffett. "There are different resources available to solve problems and the division provides world class care for its Soldiers here in the immediate area."
The meeting concluded with a discussion luncheon about the resources and its Soldiers--the Army's number one resource.
"The training has been a great opportunity for all of us as leaders to remind ourselves of the resources available here at Fort Stewart and remind ourselves of all the opportunities we have to take care of the our number one resource and that is our Soldiers," said Moffett.