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SMA Raymond Chandler Visits Fort Lee to Talk about Sexual Assault and Suicide

SMA Raymond Chandler visited Fort Lee Monday (6 Oct 14) for a walk through of the Best Warrior Competition that took place this week. While SMA Raymond Chandler was at Fort Lee he also took the opportunity to talk to more than 500 Soldiers about Sexual Assault and Suicide stressing the importance of the 3C's competence, character, and commitment.

"We're going to talk about our Army Profession and two things I think we can solve -- sexual assaults and suicides," said SMA Chandler. "I'm not going to show you the Army's sexual assault or suicide prevention PowerPoint presentation. I'm trying to drive why we have challenges in this area due to a lack of understanding of what our profession says we must be known for."

Read the full article: Sgt. Major of the Army talks sex assault, suicide at Fort Lee

CSA Visits Army War College to Discuss the New Army Operating Concept

Chief of Staff of the Army General Ray Odierno recently addressed the U.S. Army War College Class of 2015 to discuss the new Army Operating Concept. During his address GEN Ray Odierno asked the students to focus on and discuss several issues including:

What are the responsibilities of members of the Army Profession?

"We're given great responsibility," said Odierno. "That responsibility is like no other, sometimes given the responsibility to knowingly take other lives. That's an incredible responsibility, and we have to make sure that we understand the importance of doing it within the moral and ethical values of our nation and who we stand for."

Read more: CSA discusses Army Operating Concept with Army War College class of 2015

Five New Video Case Studies

Five new video case studies have been published on the CAPE website. Listen to the stories these Army Professionals have to tell about their careers in the Army.

Confronting Unethical Conduct on Social Media

The Army recognizes that social media gives people the ability to communicate with larger audiences faster and in new ways. The Army also understands the risks associated with social media.

Three Soldiers posted a video on YouTube that depicted life in the barracks. It was then posted to a popular Facebook page for greater exposure. MSG Katrina Moerk confronted the Soldiers who produced this video as well as those who made unprofessional statements in the comment section of this Facebook post.

She is sharing her story because she wants all Army Professionals to know that there are no split personalities in social media.


Stand Strong: Serving Honorably in Combat

Justin Watt served in the 101st Airborne Division's 502nd Infantry Regiment and deployed to Iraq in 2005. During this deployment, members of his platoon raped a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and executed her and her family. Justin was not a witness to this act, but once told about it by a fellow Soldier he reported the incident.

He is sharing his story to help others understand the importance of serving honorably.


Stand Strong Stewardship: An NCO's Perspective

SSG John Diem served in the 101st Airborne Division's 502nd Infantry Regiment and deployed to Iraq in 2005.

During this deployment, members of his unit raped a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and executed her and her family. SSG Diem was not a witness of this act, but was told about it by a junior Soldier. He reported the incident to his higher headquarters.

He is sharing his story to share his thoughts on the role of an NCO as a Steward of the Army Profession.


Stand Strong: The Effects of Combat on the Army Professional

Justin Watt served in the 101st Airborne Division's 502nd Infantry Regiment and deployed to Mahmudiyah, Iraq which was one of the three corners known as the Triangle of Death.

The Triangle of Death was arguably the most dangerous region in Iraq. It was patrolled by just 1000 U.S. Soldiers who coped with more than a hundred attacks against them each week.

He is sharing his story to help others understand the importance of being equipped to leverage mental, emotional, and physical skills in order to overcome adversity.


Stand Strong: The Effects of Combat on the Army Professional - A Leader's Perspective

SSG John Diem served in the 101st Airborne Division's 502nd Infantry Regiment and deployed four times during his 11 years in this unit.

He is sharing his story to help others understand and effectively deal with combat stress.

Commander 360 Leader Development Program

Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno directed the Center for Army Leadership (CAL) to develop the Commander 360 (CDR 360) program. CDR 360 is a leader development program in the Army's Multi-Source Assessment and Feedback suite.

"I believe that multidimensional feedback is an important component to holistic leader development," Odierno said. "By encouraging input from peers, subordinates and superiors alike, leaders can better 'see themselves' and increase self-awareness. The ability to receive honest and candid feedback, in an anonymous manner, is a great opportunity to facilitate positive leadership growth."

Read more about the CDR 360 program: Army implements new self-awareness program for commanders

America's Army Our Profession "Living the Army Ethic"

The FY15-16 America's Army - Our Profession "Living the Army Ethic" Program begins today (1 October 2014) and continues through 30 September 2016. The CSA's intent is to generate shared understanding of the central role of the Army Ethic in explaining, inspiring, and motivating Why and How We Serve.

The Army Ethic. Our professional ethic is expressed in law, Army Values, creeds, oaths, ethos, and shared beliefs embedded within Army culture. It inspires and motivates the conduct of Army Professionals -- Soldiers and Army Civilians -- who are bound together in common, moral purpose. It expresses the standard and expectation for all of us to make right decisions and to take right actions at all times. It is the heart of our shared professional identity, our sense of who we are, our purpose in life, and Why and How We Serve the American people.

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