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Posted: May 4, 2018 1:58 p.m.
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Marne leaders take Behavioral Health Terrain Walk

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Sgt. Maj. Carlos Barnes, 1ABCT, Task Force Viking Senior Enlisted Leader, asks Dawn Imler, Military Family Life Counselor a question about military family life counselor assistance on April 26 at Fort Stewart.

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Marne Leaders learn more about Fort Stewart’s Helping Resources 

Various leaders of the 3rd Infantry Division participated in a tour of Fort Stewart helping resources with an emphasis on behavioral health assets on April 26.

Battalion and company level leadership toured 10 agencies and met with program managers to gain better insight into the resources they provide to Soldiers and Families.

“The goal was to familiarize commanders, first sergeants and senior leaders with helping resources and ways these resources can assist Soldiers,” said Marji Freeze, Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield ready and resilient integrator. 

“It is important to educate ourselves on all the resources, what they offer and how they strengthen the force,” said Jacqueline Auberger, behavioral health outreach coordinator for Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield. 

Auberger said learning about the different types of resources and assistance they provide helps leaders identify possible risk factors in Soldiers and Family members, and apply intervention techniques need at the right time.

The leaders learned helping resources can offer assistance beyond crisis intervention.

Maj. Andrew Nix, Fort Stewart Garrison Family Life Chaplain said that in moments of crisis there are specific steps leaders must take, but leaders need to know helping resources can aid in the prevention of those moments.

“There are more resources than people realize,” Nix said. “Some agencies have specialties, but all agencies work together cooperatively to assist Soldiers.”

The tour gave leaders a chance to see where agencies are located, and learn more about the specific assistance they offer to Soldiers and their families.

“I have been in command for 14 months, and thought I knew everything about suicide prevention and behavioral health,” said Capt. Bryan Neal, commander, headquarters and headquarters battery, 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment. “I was able to see some locations I had not been to, met some people that can provide assistance to Soldiers in need and learned a little more about the services these resources provide.”

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