By Jeanette LauOctober 19, 2012
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Personnel with the Army Contracting Command-National Capital Region contracting center here took time after a hectic fiscal year-end wrap-up to conduct a suicide prevention stand down Oct. 4.
The day featured a town hall meeting hosted by Jack Cunnane, ACC-NCR deputy director, resiliency training provided by Chaplain (Maj.) Steven J. Moser, Office of the Pentagon Family Life chaplain, and concluded with a tailgate picnic in the lot adjacent to the building.
Although September was Army Suicide Prevention Month, part of ACC-NCR's observance of this Army initiative was rescheduled so the entire ACC-NCR workforce could participate.
With humor and personal examples, featured speaker Chaplain Moser presented resiliency training, leading the standing-room-only audience in exercises designed to encourage effective stress management and increase one's resilience to its ill effects. Moser's presentation was a perfect complement to the focused training provided in mid-September by ACC's own, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Charles M. "Chip" Fields.
Following the morning's activities, ACC-NCR commemorated year-end and suicide prevention awareness with a tailgate barbecue in the parking lot behind the building. With casual dress encouraged for the day, many wore team jerseys, demonstrating that nearly every football team has a fan at ACC-NCR.
With the workforce contributing to the effort, a huge offering of picnic fare and barbecue grill set the stage for ACC-NCR team members to relax and mingle with others throughout the organization.