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Rock Support pledges the safety of its Soldiers

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By: Sgt. Christopher Johnston, 3rd ABCT, 3rd ID, Public Affairs

Camp Buehring, Kuwait- With their deployment to Kuwait closing in on its
conclusion, Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery
Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division
prepared to reunite with their family and friends by attending a
noncommissioned officer resiliency training event Dec. 8.

The event began at 5:30 a.m. with an esprit de corps run by Rock Support
NCOs, followed by breakfast and an open floor forum, where NCOs talked
about the safety of their Soldiers when they return home.

Army resiliency training offers tools to aid Soldiers, leaders and
families in their ability to grow and thrive in the face of challenges
and bounce back from adversity.

"The goal of this event was to build resiliency amongst our Soldiers and
the NCO Corps," said Command Sgt. Maj. Mark A. Aaron, 1-10 FA command
sergeant major. "As well as focusing on redeployment concerns and issues
that I see inside the battalion so we can minimize those risks for

Rock Support NCOs participated in an exercise where they wrote down a
situation they personally have dealt with during their deployment and
put it in a bucket. The Soldiers then each pulled a card out and read
what their fellow NCO had written.

As each NCO read a card, silence filled the room as they learned of the
problems their peers had faced or were facing: divorce, missing the
birth of their child, financial problems and thoughts of suicide.

"These are real situations we are dealing with," said Aaron. "My main
focus is to educate my NCOs and Soldiers, to make sure they have every
means possible to succeed. The Army has so many resources to help our
Soldiers, we just need to determine who needs help and what help they

"Every Soldier is different. A leader has to know what tools or
mechanisms are out there and be creative to reach each Soldier so they
can make the right decision. It all comes down to knowing your Soldier,"
said Aaron.

Within the first 24 hours of redeploying, Soldiers mostly spend time
with their family, their kids, and their significant other, explained
Aaron, the next 48 hours are crucial. That is when Soldiers have spent
that time with family and now they want to go out and blow off some

"What we are planning is having Soldiers from our rear detachment
downtown checking on Soldiers," said Aaron. "We are not there to stop
them from having a good time, we are just making sure they are safe and
in control of themselves and if we see them in a situation, we can help.
I truly want to make sure my Soldiers are safe and taken care of."

"United We Stand" was a pledge Aaron made and encouraged his NCOs to
make. The pledge urges NCOs to personally know their Soldiers and
interact on a level where they can identify any possible issues they may
be facing and work together to resolve them.

With the Army facing serious problems such as suicide, DUIs and divorce,
Aaron is hoping his battalion can have a safe redeployment and not let
any Rock Support Soldiers become a statistic.

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