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August 2023 Articles

Dog Jog for Life: Unlocking the Power of Pets in Suicide Prevention

08/29/2023
Highlighting the role of pets in suicide prevention, Dog Jog for Life is an event that embodies the spirit of prevention, intervention and postvention. Our dogs often understand our moods better than we do. They offer us empathy, share in our joys and stand by us during our darkest days.

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DOD Launches 2023 Gender Relations Survey

08/28/2023
Service members can provide direct feedback to Defense Department leaders by taking the 2023 Workplace and Gender Relations survey. The survey offers an estimate of the prevalence of gender discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual assault in the military.

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Military Medical Providers Augment Health Services at Fort Belknap

08/28/2023
Military members partnered with Indian Health Services and Tribal Health Services to conduct six health fairs, providing services such as height/weight, blood pressure and blood glucose checks; children’s immunizations; and resources for substance misuse, disease prevention and STI prevention.

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Fort Meade Armed Forces Wellness Center Transforms Military Wellness Through Inaugural Training

08/28/2023
The Fort Meade Armed Forces Wellness Center hosted the first iteration of an integrative training program to deliver holistic wellness education to service members in the National Capital Region. Topics included nutrition and performance fueling, mental skills and leadership, sleep hygiene and stress management, behavioral health, financial readiness, global installation resource education, and Army Combat Fitness Test coaching and grading.

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Master Resilience Trainer Courses Strive to Strengthen Army Community

08/27/2023
The 10-day Master Resilience Trainer course, which is open to Soldiers, Army Civilians and commander-approved Family members, teaches resilience skills and allows students to practice giving instruction in them. The course targets six competencies: self-awareness, self-regulation, optimism, mental agility, character strengths and connection.

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Fort Drum Families Join Family Advocacy Program Team to Tackle Stress During Chill Fest

08/25/2023
The Fort Drum Family Advocacy Program organized the 2nd annual Chill Fest at Oates Overview Lodge to provide a wide variety of activities and methods to alleviate stress and anxiety.

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Army General Committed to Improving Quality of Life

08/25/2023
Army Lt. Gen. Kevin Vereen visited Fort Carson, Colorado, to discuss quality-of-life policy and readiness, focusing heavily on on-post housing, deployment and training capacities.

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US Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Army Substance Abuse Program Presents Monthlong Events for Suicide Prevention Month

08/23/2023
In observance of Suicide Prevention Month, the U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Army Substance Abuse Program in Germany, formed a Coalition Empowered Community Team which organized a series of events to raise awareness and foster dialogue around suicide prevention. The monthlong initiative will run from September 1 to September 28, 2023.

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Breaking Ground and Breaking a Sweat: Rheinland-Pfalz Soldiers First to Conquer the ACFT in State-of-the-Art Functional Fitness Training Center

08/23/2023
Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, and the 624th Movement Control Detachment, conducted the Army Combat Fitness Test using the recently upgraded Functional Fitness Training Center on Rhine Ordnance Barracks.

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The Ask, Care, Escort Portfolio: Curriculum Updates and Implementation

08/22/2023
DPRR is the advocate for all Ask, Care, Escort (ACE) training modules, including suicide prevention (now designated ACE Base +1) and Ask, Care, Escort Suicide Intervention (ACE-SI). In addition to updated ACE curriculum and ACE-SI for Soldiers, DPRR has expanded its portfolio to include training for the Soldiers’ Circle of Support and DA Civilian audiences.

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Poor Sleep Quality Contributor to Suicide Ideation, Other Harmful Behaviors

08/22/2023
Following the release of the Suicide Prevention and Response Independent Review Committee report earlier this year, the Secretary of Defense issued an immediate action directive for commanders to promote mission readiness through healthy sleep.

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Building Healthy Communities Through the Social Determinants of Health

08/22/2023
To further improve our communities, reduce harmful behaviors and create positive environments, the Army Resilience Directorate and its programs realigned from G-1 to G-9 and consolidated with the G-9 Soldier and Family Readiness Directorate on July 1 to create the Directorate of Prevention, Resilience and Readiness.

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A Common Bond: We Can Talk About Suicide

08/22/2023
Suicide ideation can be frightening, but acknowledging the moment and reaching out for support can help prevent devasting outcomes. The Army has a wealth of resources available; among them are the R2 Performance Centers for building resilience and the Suicide Prevention Program, which educates and trains active-duty Soldiers, reserves members, guard members, Department of the Army Civilians and Family members.

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Physical Fitness Can Improve Your Sleep

08/22/2023
Whether it’s due to stress or insomnia, getting adequate or restful sleep can be very difficult for many people. Adding physical activity to your daily routine is one strategy to improve sleep. Exercise makes your body and mind more tired than if you were sedentary, so falling asleep to regenerate will come easier.

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MRT-PEs Use R2 Strategies to Build DOD Warrior Games Athletes

08/22/2023
Each year, the Defense Department holds an adaptive-sports competition, the Warrior Games Challenge. This year’s challenge highlighted the exceptional physical skills and mental toughness of wounded, ill and injured active-duty and veteran service members.

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10th Mountain Division SHARP Hosts Training Summit

08/18/2023
The two-day 10th Mountain Division Training Summit was hosted by the SHARP team at Fort Drum, New York. Audience members, including professionals, attended informative presentations about how they can continue their work supporting Soldiers.

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Deputy Chief of Staff G-9 Tours USAG Rheinland-Pfalz Housing, Units

08/18/2023
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Kevin Vereen, deputy chief of staff, G-9, and Sgt. Maj. Michael Perry, the senior enlisted advisor to the deputy chief of staff, visited Smith Barracks and Wetzel Kaserne in Baumholder, Germany. The purpose of the visit was to survey building infrastructure where Soldiers and their Families reside and to better understand their needs and overall quality of life. The visit concluded with a lunch with Soldiers at the Knight’s Lair Warrior dining facility.

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The Impact of Alcohol on Emotional Readiness and How the Army Substance Abuse Program Can Help

08/18/2023
Although consuming alcohol can initially seem to enhance feelings of uninhibited confidence and euphoria, continuing to imbibe leads to impaired judgment, distorted perception and amplified emotions, which often result in impulsive behavior and flawed decision-making. Seeking help and addressing alcohol misuse can sharpen cognitive functioning, improve decision-making and increase productivity in daily life.

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Financial Readiness: Are You Prepared to Weather the Storm?

08/18/2023
Being able to stay afloat financially is important when you have an unexpected change in income due to life circumstances. Financial readiness is essential to helping you plan for a rainy day.

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Holistic Workouts Better for Mind and Body

08/18/2023
Pioneers in the fitness world have designed an innovative approach to exercise, one that focuses on the whole person and that goes by names such as trauma-focused fitness training and life-transformation coaching. With these techniques, many people are conquering mental health problems while getting physically stronger and more resilient.

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Army Expands Childcare Options for Reserve Soldiers and Families

08/17/2023
The U.S. Army announced today the signing of a new, innovative childcare pilot program designed to improve access to quality childcare for Army Reserve Soldiers and their Families.

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Annual Vacation Bible School Strengthens Community and Spiritual Resilience at Fort Meade

08/16/2023
The yearly Vacation Bible School is an opportunity for military-connected Families to foster spiritual growth and bond with others in their community.

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Writer Builds Team With Help From Ready and Resilient Performance Center

08/15/2023
The Army talks a lot about resiliency, but what exactly does that mean? According to the service’s Directorate of Prevention, Resilience and Readiness, there are five dimensions, or pillars, of resiliency: physical, emotional, social, spiritual and family. Sustaining healthy behaviors across these dimensions is essential to personal readiness.

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Deputy Chief of Staff G-9, Senior Enlisted Adviser Visit Europe Communities, Units

08/14/2023
The Army’s deputy chief of staff, G-9, Lt. Gen. Kevin Vereen, and his senior enlisted adviser, Sgt. Maj. Michael Perry, visited garrisons and units in Germany.

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Fort Sill Reinforces Zero Tolerance on Drug Use: A Commitment to Readiness and Discipline

08/11/2023
In line with the Army’s steadfast commitment to maintaining a strong and disciplined force, Oklahoma’s Fort Sill takes seriously the service’s zero-tolerance policy on drug use, offering a wide range of prevention measures, assistance and educational programs to inform Soldiers and their Families about substance misuse.

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Women Warriors of the Mountain Foot March 2023

08/11/2023
Soldiers, Family members and Civilians participated in the Women Warriors of the Mountain Foot March, hosted by the 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade at Fort Drum, New York. The event served to encourage women serving in the ranks of the 10th Mountain Division and to promote cohesion, mental and physical health, and leadership development.

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Fort McCoy Holds 2023 Wellness Fair; Hundreds Attend

08/11/2023
Installation community members came out in droves for the 2023 Fort McCoy Wellness Fair, organized by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Agencies, vendors and sponsors promoted many means to physical and mental health, such as spiritual fitness, healthy diet options, dental care, massage therapy, recreation opportunities and health-insurance options.

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Army SHARP Professionals Enhance Skill Sets at National Training Conference

08/09/2023
Sexual assault response coordinators and victim advocates from across the Army attended an annual training conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, hosted by the National Organization for Victim Assistance.

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Changes to ArmyIgnitED Education Portal Mean New Requirements for Soldiers Seeking Financial Assistance

08/09/2023
Recent changes to ArmyIgnitED, the Army’s online portal for requesting financial assistance for higher education, mean new requirements for all users, such as attending an introductory briefing, and for current users, submitting an education degree plan.

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