FORT SILL, Oklahoma (April 14, 2021) -- An Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) app provides Soldiers, family members, and DA civilians with information 24/7 about Fort Sill community resources and Soldier and family advocacy programs.
The “WeCare, Fort Sill” app provides not only local and hotline contacts, but how to recognize and what to do information to the user. The app was launched in 2013, and relaunched in August, said Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Burnley, Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill CSM. It is free and available to anyone.
“I would suggest that every Soldier and family member, and our DA civilians have it on their Smartphones,” said Burnley. “I’ve got it on my phone, and I encourage all our leaders to download it.”
WeCare, Fort Sill supports the TRADOC Sexual Assault/Harassment Response and Prevention (SHARP) campaign plan to eliminate sexual harassment and sexual assault in the Army, according to the app site. It is one of the many initiatives developed to ensure every member of the TRADOC family serves in a safe environment.
The app provides information on suicide prevention, chaplain contacts, domestic violence, SHARP, post housing, and five other areas. Dedicated WeCare apps are available for Army installations worldwide, according to TRADOC.
The app is being promoted to all trainees here, Burnley said. Advanced Individual Training Soldiers in B Battery, 3rd Battalion, 6th Air Defense Artillery learned about the app at the 30th ADA Brigade Newcomer’s Briefing April 12, at Hopkins Hall.
In the SHARP segment of the briefing, the WeCare, Fort Sill app was the first topic discussed. Staff Sgt. Matthew Kehoskie, 30th ADA Brigade SHARP victim advocate, led the training.
All of the listings in WeCare, Fort Sill tie into SHARP, said Kehoskie. “This is an in-your-pocket easily accessible information about services on post.”
He walked the trainees through the Self Harm/Suicide tab’s Suicide Prevention Info. “It tells you warning signs, and it asks you questions about your battle buddy that you can answer, and tells you the action required,” Kehoskie said. “It’s easy to use.”
Kehoskie continued on to the Sexual Harassment/Assault tab, which listed Fort Sill and national hotlines. “If you call any of those numbers, they are going to get hold of us, I promise you.”
TRADOC, along with installation SHARP offices, perform an annual review of the information and phone numbers on the apps to ensure they are accurate. Since the relaunching of the app Aug. 1, it was downloaded about 1,500 times in the first couple weeks, according to TRADOC. The app is approved for government phones.
Find the full suite of TRADOC WeCare apps and more on the Apple Store App Store for IOS, the Google Play Store for Android, or at the TRADOC App Gateway (https://public.tag.army.mil/ catalog/tag/home).