JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — The Medical Capability Development Integration Directorate (CDID) and Fielded Force Integration Directorate (FFID) hosted a Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program (SHARP) Awareness Potluck Social event on Tuesday at the Medical CDID pavilion, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
The Potluck Social included a generous BBQ buffet, sides, desserts, and refreshments. The event included numerous games as a fun way to propagate the attendee’s knowledge of SHARP concepts while encouraging communication. The games included were; SHARP Jeopardy, SHARP “Egg” Hunt Question + Answer, “Knocking out behavior” – bean bag game, and other activities focused on increasing dialogue, comradery, and honing the organization‘s intellect towards the program. Col. James Jones, Medical CDID director, Sgt. Maj. Christopher Felchle, Medical CDID Sergeant Major, and Col. Jon Baker, FFID director, hosted the event, and the SHARP Victim Advocates, Master Sgt. Tawana Chadburn and Master Sgt. Darlena Cherry ensured the event’s success.
The Potluck Social is one of several activities Medical CDID scheduled during Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. This year’s theme is “Prevention Starts With You.”
Jones and Baker started the event with opening remarks.
Jones stated, “Dialogue is what protects our formations.”
The Army reinforces the role and responsibility of every member of the Army Team to prevent sexual assault, sexual harassment, and associated retaliation.
Baker added to the sentiment by saying, “… It is all about taking care of each other.”
Both leaders are right; these concepts not only cultivate a positive climate within an organization but they encourage an environment free of harassment and create the appropriate conditions to eliminate sexual assault.
The Headquarters Support Company (HSC) Medical Center of Excellence (MEDCoE) leadership attended the event.
Maj. Brandy Gainsley, HSC Commander, "This outstanding event brought people together to socialize and further educate us on sexual harassment and assault. Events such as these are key to growing trust and respect at all levels.”
The Potluck Social concluded by presenting Certificates of Appreciation to Stephanie Streitenberger (Concepts Division, Medical CDID) and Mercedes Mackillop (FFID) for their diligence, hard work, and dedication to facilitating the event.
Leaders, Soldiers, and Civilian employees must remain vigilant in ensuring the workplace environment is free from Sexual Harassment and Assault. This team effort builds on communication, education, awareness, and trust. An environment free of harassment and assault will allow all employees to focus on the mission and readiness.