#MeToo: 108th Training Command Supports U.S. Army’s SHARP Program

11/21/2018  |  By Capt. Tara Matchulat; photos by Sgt. 1st Class Lisa M. Litchfield 108th Training Command Public Affairs Office
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Members of the 108th Training Command (IET) took the opportunity during April’s Battle Assembly to join the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s office, Safe Alliance and Brave Step in a 5K run and Zumba session to raise awareness for sexual assault and prevention.

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The 108th Training Command, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, has placed a heavy emphasis on combating sexual harassment in the workplace and preventing sexual assaults. This year the command, which consists of over 7,200 personnel, spread across 44 states, has trained fifty-nine percent of its force in the U.S. Army’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Prevention required annual training program.

The command’s SHARP Program, led by Mrs. Paula James, 108th Training Command SHARP Program Manager/Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, requires Soldiers to annually complete Phase I/online training, as well as Phase II unit training conducted in-person (face-to-face).

This year COL Edward Merrigan, Chief of Staff of the 108th Training Command, personally oversaw the headquarters training and provided opening remarks to ensure every member of the organization understood the command’s emphasis on maintaining professionalism in the workplace.

The headquarters’ training class was organized by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Cynthia Harvey and MAJ Lyndra Hedrick, HHC, 108th Training Command’s Victim Advocates. The two officers created a fun and lively jeopardy-style game to augment the training class and provided the two top winners with prizes. This year’s champions were Master Sgt. William Weck, 108th Training Command G-3 non-commissioned officer, and Sgt. 1st Class Marquis Jackson, 108th Training Command G-1 human resources non-commissioned officer.

Additionally, the command oversaw the graduation of nineteen new Sexual Assault Response Coordinators or Victim Advocates in April. These recent graduates completed the SHARP Foundation Course, an 80-hour certification training course that supports the DoD’s Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program. They are charged with responding to sexual harassment complaints and assisting victims of sexual assault.

The 108th Training Command takes a serious stance against sexual harassment and assault, and actively trains to prevent such from occurring. The command is composed of professionals who promote respect and serve the people of the U.S. by living the Army Values. Not in our Army.

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