U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Public Affairs Office
More than 30 leaders representing all branches of service from military units operating across the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart footprint gathered Jan. 22 in the Swabian Special Events Center at Patch Barracks for a garrison-sponsored Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention Program Leader Summit.
Sessions included presentations and lectures on sexual assault investigations, the Special Victims Unit, legal processes forensics, evidence collection, bystander intervention and leader emphasis.
In his opening remarks, the garrison commander, Col. John P. Stack, spoke about the importance of leadership and commitment to combat sexual assault in the professional military workplace.
“Part of the price of leadership is figuring out how to solve this problem,” Stack said.
Army Capt. Andrew Rouchka, trial counsel from the Stuttgart Law Center, informed the audience about how founded cases of sexual assault are prosecuted under the provisions of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Rouchka explained how special prosecutors are brought in to assist local prosecutors, helping to ensure prosecutors with experience and training are effectively prosecuting sexual assaults.
Jenny Caruso, USAG Stuttgart SHARP program manager, spoke about the importance of creating a cultural change through leadership and teamwork to stamp out sexual harassment and assault in the military.
“It’s all about good leadership and working together,” Caruso said.
Air Force Capt. Brandon Alford from the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade in Ansbach, gave a leader overview of the bystander intervention training he provides for U.S. military units and organizations across Europe.
Alford conducted a few interactive exercises to illustrate how even seemingly harmless individual actions and attitudes can impact the culture of a workplace.
The exercises served to demonstrate that to truly bring about a cultural change, every member of the military team must adhere to the highest professional standards of conduct and intervene when someone fails to meet those standards, both on and off duty.
Special Agent Nathan Grundy, a sexual assault investigator from the U.S. Army’s 5th Military Police Battalion Criminal Investigation Division, explained the role of CID and the sexual assault investigator in the process of determining the facts of a sexual assault case.
Grundy also stressed the importance of prevention education and explained how a unit can contact CID to request a sexual assault prevention briefing.
For more about the Army’s SHARP program, go here.