FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- Headquarters U.S. Army Pacific began the Suicide Prevention Stand Down with Reveille followed by a group run Sept. 27 at Historic Palm Circle on Fort Shafter, Hawaii.
The Suicide Prevention Stand Down started with the Honor Guard raising the American Flag with formations rendering honors to the American flag as it was raised.
Prior to the run USARPAC Deputy Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Roger F. Mathews spoke to those in attendance about the importance of the Suicide Prevention Stand Down.
Today is a stand down day for the suicide awareness across the Army, said Mathews.
"Right now we are losing more Soldiers to suicide than we are in combat," said Mathews. For every Soldier that goes through hardship that Soldier has Family Members, team mates and somebody that cares.
All of us we have to look at our Soldiers, know our Soldiers and be there for our Soldiers. I ask you today as you go out to these classes to think about who is not standing in the formation that you know, said Mathews.
Following Mathews remarks he lead the formations on a three-mile run.
Events are scheduled throughout the day to heighten the suicide awareness of Soldiers, Civilians, and Family members.