Staff Sgt. Jonathan Maynor was recently selected to serve as the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) for the Satellite Operations Brigade (SATOPS) after serving as the Victim Advocate (VA) for Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson, Colorado.
His willingness and desire to help sexual assault victims in times of crisis is what drives him to excel at his position, so much so that he developed a mobile app last year called WeCare RHC-C, which provides hotline numbers, website links and other useful resources for all 12 military treatment facilities in the region.
I had the opportunity to speak with Maynor over the phone to get a glimpse of what drives him in his line of work, why he joined the Army, and some additional interests of his.
Q: What are three words to describe yourself?
A: Passionate, dedicated and hard working.
Q: What is your MOS (military occupational specialty)?
A: 68 Sierra, N4 - that’s a health physics specialist, but volunteered to interview for the SARC job with Lt. Gen. (Daniel) Karbler and he selected me because of my previous experience as a VA.
Q: What does your job as a SARC entail?
A: We are responsible for managing all the sexual assault cases for whatever brigade we are assigned. We serve as the single point of contact to coordinate sexual assault victim care.
Q: What do you enjoy about the position?
A: You get people possibly at their lowest points in life, and you help them get their lives back on track. Also, like any Army program, it’s not perfect, so I’m constantly trying to improve on any shortfalls or challenges I may notice.
Q: Why did you join the Army?
A: I come from a strong military background. I was born on Fort Bragg and raised in Fayetteville (N.C.), so all the males in my family have been in the military in some capacity and being a military brat, I’d always envisioned what it would be like. Growing up in that environment, I thought it was a great avenue to start my career. So far I have loved it and I get gratification out of helping people through their toughest times, and that is what has made me want to stay in for now, going on eight years. Just continuing to help people and having that connection with them to know that I am here for them if they need something.
Q: What are your long-term career goals?
A: To get my master’s degree in psychology and retire from the military. I want to stay in SHARP (sexual assault response program) as long as I can.