April is a month of opportunity for the Fort Bragg community, especially leadership, to engage Soldiers in genuine, effective training and conversations related to alcohol, sexual and child abuse.

The Fort Bragg Army Substance Abuse Program partners with the Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Program and Family Advocacy Program during April, which is Alcohol Awareness Month, Sexual Assault and Prevention Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month, to maximize services to the Fort Bragg community and to reinvigorate leader engagement in these areas.

The collaboration includes leader-focused panels hosting a variety of high-impact and unconventional speakers and interactive partnered events to raise awareness and provide education outside of traditional, required unit trainings.

Featured speakers on the panels will include victim and offender testimonies from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, a published professor from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and others who specialize in effective leader engagement on difficult and taboo issues.

Alcohol Awareness Month kicked-Off on Wednesday at the Soldier Support Center with a proclamation signing and cake cutting ceremony by Fort Bragg Garrison Commander Col. Brett Funck.

A resilient community that makes low-risk choices about alcohol use does not happen by chance but through diligence. Fort Bragg must continue to be watchful, provide clear guidance on tolerance, be consistent in the responses and above all be good role models.

For more information on Alcohol Awareness Month contact Katrina Kilmartin, prevention coordinator, at 908-3426, or katrina.r.kilmartin.civ@mail.mil

For Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention events, see page 5A.