By virtue of your incredible professionalism, innovative spirit and world class capabilities, you, the United States Army, set the benchmark against which all other armies measure themselves. In addressing emerging military challenges, all look to the U.S. first to determine their way ahead. As a foreign exchange officer privileged to be serving here at Fort Bragg, I can say with some credibility that you provide significant leadership around the world and I thank you for that.
The challenges we face as servicemembers are not on the battlefield alone. Keeping our Family relationships in balance can be difficult. Family life by itself is filled with rewards and challenges, and military Family life even more so. With its inherent benefits come additional stressors. These stressors, left unchecked, can manifest themselves in the form of domestic violence — a disturbing challenge that many of our militaries are confronting.
Addressing domestic violence is a key pillar of the Army’s Ready, Resilient and Army Strong Campaign. For far too long,
Does this definition fit you, or someone you know? Do you see it in subordinates, in friends, or even in yourself? Being able to identify, or self-identify, this destructive behavior is a key step in preventing it. Think about your relationships with your Family,
It is perfectly acceptable to seek help, or send your troops to help, or get help for your friends. Indeed, as a professional servicemember, given that operational readiness depends on it — it is your duty. As expected in the profession of arms, we continue to learn, adapt and make ourselves better. Do your part. The Army, and by extension Fort Bragg, provides a plethora of resources everyone can use to prevent domestic abuse and violence, and the Army’s comprehensive approach to the prevention of domestic violence provides servicemembers and Families with a strong, supportive environment.
Through a clear-cut and unwavering commitment and a strong, supportive environment, Fort Bragg strives to ensure the health and well-being of its servicemembers and Families. There are numerous established programs that support the awareness and prevention of domestic violence such as support groups for young parents, reintegration programs for Families experiencing deployment and redeployment stress, marital and premarital counseling, and programs on anger management, dating violence, and gender issues.
I ask that every servicemember, civilian employee, and Family member seek out, use and take advantage of these programs because they are there for our benefit. I also ask that leaders take the time to educate their units on the indicators of domestic violence and methods and programs to address it. Assistance and resources are also available through Fort Bragg’s Family Advocacy Program which is located on the third floor of the Soldier Support Center, on Normandy Drive and can be reached at 396-5521. FAP can also be found on the web at www.fortbraggmwr.com/acs/family-advocacy/.
Prevention of domestic violence is the responsibility of all, from the most junior of troopers to senior leadership – do your part to take a stand against it. Do it for our mission, do it for our Soldiers, and most importantly, do it for our Families. All the Way! Airborne!
(Editor’s note: Brig. Gen. Wayne Eyre is an exchange officer from the Canadian army assigned to Fort Bragg as the deputy commanding general, Operations for XVIII Airborne Corps.)
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