DVIDS – News – Greatness in the ranks: Fort Campbell recognizes a leader in suicide prevention

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) presented a Certificate of Achievement (COA) to Sgt. Samuel Lima, a squad leader with Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div. (AA), during a cohesion roundtable at Fort Campbell on March 29, 2022.

Lima received the award from Maj. Gen. JP McGee, Commanding General, 101st Abn. Div. (AA), and Col. Ed Matthaidess, commander, 2nd BCT, for developing a concept for soldiers in his training to openly discuss issues, think critically, and build team cohesion during Tribal Time eagles.

When presenting the award, Matthaidess said: “He took his section to Fort Donnellson, put them through a pretty robust PT (physical training) session, working on the battlefield, talking about their mission as an ordeal [cav] scouts, but then transitioned to talk about some of the resilience skills that came out of that battle in bad weather, harassing fires, and concluded with the suicide prevention brief from which he pulled some personal examples to help make those connections for the team. Again, something that is combat-focused, aimed at the right audience.

The purpose of the event was not only to recognize Lima’s achievements, but also to lead the roundtable on cohesion.
The Cohesion Roundtable is a monthly event held in conjunction with the Executive Commander’s Ready and Resilient Council (CR2C). It gives Fort Campbell senior leaders the opportunity to review progress on CR2C lines of effort and provide briefings on available resources and services. This month’s Cohesion Roundtable provided additional training on Fort Campbell’s behavioral health program, HIPAA and suicide prevention.

Fort Campbell CR2C has several objectives: to cultivate character development in leaders and soldiers, to foster unit cohesion and strengthen organizational climate, to optimize physical performance, to improve mental performance, to promote work-life balance and improve communication.
All of these topics were addressed by the Lima event with his team and his company.

“Referring to the events at Fort Donnellson during the Civil War, we developed this concept to bring together past and present cavalry tactics and applied the mindset of our predecessors in difficult conditions to solve problems,” Lima said. “We discussed the different situations they went through as soldiers and discussed how that can relate to suicide prevention, linking the different programs we have here at Fort Campbell as a resource that can to help.”

As the U.S. military focuses on developing more holistic ways to educate the soldier about spiritual fitness and self-care, Lima’s efforts align with the intent of the commanders appointed to lead him, seeking to go beyond decades of focusing almost solely on the physical. fitness by expanding the preparation of the soldier to the nutritional, sleep, mental and even spiritual domains.

The Army expects leaders to find ways to build team cohesion between the junior enlisted team and the command team.
“Team cohesion has definitely increased,” Lima said. “Our esprit de corps has also grown. Looking back on past cavalry tactics and finding positive ways to handle situations, we all felt more connected, as we look back at where we came from to better understand where we are going in the future.

Lima created an outlet for members of his unit and formation to also talk about personal mental health experiences and daily life stressors, building on trust and shared experiences.

“Within my organization, even the lowest-ranked individual knows that someone is always there for them, whether today is the worst day of their life or just a little upheaval,” Lima said. “I believe that suicide can always be prevented and there is always another option, especially in our jobs and daily lives, many things are more stressful than people realize and having a good outlet and a trustworthy team makes it easy. ”

Recognizing soldiers who perform exceptionally has been a longstanding effort of the 101st Abn. Div. (AA) and its commanders, and events like the Cohesion Roundtable here at Fort Campbell are a key point in connecting leadership to the actions, ideas, and facts that help create a better experience for all Screaming Eagle soldiers.

Date taken: 29.03.2022
Date posted: 04.06.2022 17:47
Story ID: 417801

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