Commanding General's message on Sexual Harassment and Assault
I’d like to take this opportunity to echo both Gen. Odierno’s important message on sexual harassment and sexual assault and the Presidents’ comments on the same.
I want you to know that U.S. Army South is committed to the safety and security of every Soldier and civilian under our care. This crisis is one that undermines faith in the chain of command and more importantly our national security. There are three things that I want the Solders and leaders of Army South to remember:
· Sexual harassment and sexual assault are inconsistent with our Army Values.
· We will not tolerate sexual harassment and sexual assault.
· We must foster a climate of mutual trust that respects and protects our Soldiers, Civilians, and Family Members.
To highlight the seriousness of the issue, the President recently met with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the service secretaries at the White House.
"The issue of sexual assault in our armed forces undermines that trust," President Barrack H. Obama said. "So not only is it a crime, not only is it shameful and disgraceful, but it also is going to make and has made the military less effective than it can be. And as such, it is dangerous to our national security."
To that end I want to make it clear that Army South will do everything possible to support our Army in its commitment to eradicating sexual harassment and sexual assault in our ranks.
I would like to re-emphasize the Chief of Staff of the Army’s point; there are no bystanders. The Army is actively engaged in changing our culture so that incidents such as sexual harassment and sexual assault are viewed and treated as antithetical to what it means to serve in the Profession of Arms.
All members of the Army South team must have a values-based “gut reaction” to intervene to stop out-of-bounds and demeaning behaviors, sexual harassment, and sexual assault.
Our Soldiers and leaders must be committed to keeping faith with the trust inherent in serving in the Profession of Arms—trust among Soldiers; trust between leader and led; trust between the Army, Soldiers, and Family Members.
Soldiers and leaders must ensure that we do our best to protect those entrusted to us by the American Public. Reinforce the seven Army Values, the Warrior Ethos, the tenets of the Profession of Arms, and the Army Civilian Corps Creed.
Major General Frederick S. Rudesheim
U.S. Army South
* U.S. Army South personnel Note: To view the Command's policies on EO and EEO go to the TIDE page and click on Command Policies/SOPs button.