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  • Story and photo by Dawn Arden GUIDON editor

    Maj. Gen. Donna Martin, Maneu- ver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood command- ing general, hosted the 2018 Sexual Harassment and Assault Preven- tion Summit Oct. 18 in Lincoln Hall Auditorium.

    Martin said the vision for this year’s SHARP Summit began months ago, adding that a lot of hard work went into organizing the event.

    “The mission of the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence is to develop competent leaders and war- riors of character,” she said. “It's fo- rums like this that focus on sexual harassment and sexual assault that are critical to achieving mission success. Overall, we are here to- day because we want to continue to make our installation and our Army a better place for everyone.”

    Guest speaker for the event, re- tired Maj. Gen. Robert Shadley, is credited with uncovering a sex scan- dal at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, where he was serving as the commanding general in 1996.

    Martin said she fully agrees with

    a statement found in Shadley’s book regarding the scandal which reads, “The prevention of sexual harassment and sexual felonies in the military is for every Soldier and civilian regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion or rank.”

    She continued, “We must hold ourselves to a very high standard,

    live the Army Values and police each other to reach the ultimate goal or the ultimate objective of no more sexual assault or harassment in our formations. While the ultimate goal is to prevent and eliminate this kind of behavior, when incidents do arise

    By John Ingle Special to GUIDON

    In a world that is constantly chang- ing, the need for modernization, flex- ibility and autonomy can play signifi- cant roles in determining an organiza- tion’s relevance, especially in an Air Force that continues to see increased demands around the globe.

    Detachment 1 of Sheppard Air Force Base’s 364th Training Squadron is no stranger to increased responsibility, as it has been the largest training detach- ment in Air Education and Training Command for some time now — large enough to be considered a squadron based on the number of personnel as- signed to the unit and the roughly 1,400 Airmen it trains annually. The detach- ment, based at Fort Leonard Wood, re- moved all consideration Oct. 17 when it was deactivated and officially reac- tivated as the 368th Training Squadron during a ceremony at the installation’s Main Post Chapel.

    Lt. Col. Josh Aldred, who has served as detachment commander since June, also assumed command of the 368th during the ceremony. He told those in attendance that the transition from a detachment to a squadron was historic for the unit as well as its personnel and the Airmen they train.

    “We are standing up new courses, modernizing our training, bringing ad- ditional resources online and preparing

    our Airmen to be ready to fight tonight,” he said. “The road to success has many hurdles, but you have my solemn vow that I will continue to be aggressive and

    fight for you every day.” Aldred said his goal is to make the

    squadron better and, in the long term, successful. The way to do that, he said,

    is through the continued partnership with the Army at its Maneuver Support Center of Excellence.

    He said he has three priorities for the new squadron moving forward: Invest in its people; modernize its facilities, equipment and training areas; and pro- vide Airmen with world-class and rel- evant civil engineering training.

    “America’s families have entrusted us with their sons and daughters, and our Air Force has entrusted us to en- sure they’re ready when our nation needs them,” he said. “Every day, you have an impact on the future of our na- tion, and I thank you for your willing- ness to serve.”

    Squadron Superintendent Chief Mas- ter Sgt. David Cheney, who has served as detachment superintendent for 1 1/2 years, said the idea of converting to a squadron had been talked about for some time, but discussions heated up in December and January. Despite great support from the 364th TRS, 782nd Training Group and 82nd Train- ing Wing, the geographically separated unit still faced some challenges inher- ent to not being at Sheppard or on an- other Air Force base.

    The ability to make timely changes to training curriculum was also chal- lenging, he said, because while the subject matter experts were located at Fort Leonard Wood, where the training

    FREE Published in the interest of the personnel at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

    Index Commentary ..................A2 Community Events .........A3 News Briefs ....................A3 Community ....................A6 Off Duty ......................... B1 Movies ............................ B3

    Thursday, October 25, 2018 Volume 18, Number 43

    ■ Lake of the Ozarks, a top destination for fall foliage. Page B2

    ■ Waynesville/St. Rob- ert Veterans Day pa- rade set for Nov. 11. Page B1

    MSCoE holds SHARP Summit

    ■ Watch your candy, cer- tain types can be espe- cially toxic to pets. Page A6

    Photo by Stephen Standifird, Public Affairs Office

    See CLINIC Page A4

    Lactation Clinic opens at GLWACH

    Morgan Scarborough, GLWACH lactation counselor, left, discusses breast feeding techniques with Aimee Torres, pictured with son, Jacob.

    AF training squadron activates at FLW

    See SQUADRON Page A4

    Meal cards now accepted at GLWACH DFAC

    Lt. Col. Thomas Wegner, left, 364th Training Squadron commander, and Lt. Col. Josh Aldred prepare to cover the guidon of the 364th Detachment 1 to mark the deactivation of the detachment during a ceremony at Fort Leonard Wood, Oct. 17. The 368th TRS, formerly a bombardment squadron during World War II, was lat- er reactivated, and Aldred took command during the ceremony. The detachment- turned-training squadron produces about 1,400 mission-ready Airmen in four dif- ferent civil engineering career fields.

    Story and photo by Heather Kline GUIDON volunteer

    A new lactation clinic has recently opened its doors in Fort Leonard Wood’s General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital. The clinic, open from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and by appointment, aims to provide personal care for new families.

    Located on the third floor in Room 3105, the clinic can be found next to the Maternal Child Unit and is a place where moms are able to come in with any breast feeding concerns and receive free assistance with integrating a breast-feeding plan when return- ing home and to the workplace.

    Studies show benefits for breast feeding are for both baby and mom. According to Morgan Scarbor- ough, certified lactation counselor, breast milk pro- vides the ideal amount of protein, vitamins and fats designed specifically for babies.

    Scarborough said breast milk is packed full of an- tibodies that are ever-changing. She explained, when babies are sick, antibodies are created almost imme- diately when they begin to breast feed.

    For mothers, benefits can include helping their uterus to contract and reduction in postpartum bleeding. It has also been linked to lowering the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

    Scarborough said the common issues mothers deal with the first couple of days after coming home can range from concern of milk not coming in, if the baby is getting enough milk and soreness or engorgement.

    Keep Hatch Act in mind this election season By Mark Wyatt Special to GUIDON

    Department of Defense civilian employees must be aware of the law limiting political activities in the federal workplace, during duty hours, or on federal property at any time.

    The law restricting federal em- ployees from engaging in certain political activities is in Title 5 of the United States Code, Sections 7321-7326, and Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, parts 733 and 734, commonly referred to as the Hatch Act. It defines political activ- ity as “an activity directed toward the success or failure of a political

    By Debbie Thompson Special to GUIDON

    General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital’s Nutri- tion Care Division Dining Facility now accepts all permanent party service members’ meal cards.

    Courtesy photo

    See MEAL CARDS Page A4

    Retired Maj. Gen. Robert Shadley speaks to Fort Leonard Wood leaders during MSCoE's 2018 SHARP Summit held Oct. 18

    See SHARP Page A4

    See ELECTION Page A4

    ■ Keep your little ghouls and goblins safe this Halloween. Page A6

  • By Lisa Molinari Special to GUIDON

    A few of years ago, a friend sent me the link to an obituary she’d read in the Boston Globe over coffee that morning. I didn’t know the woman who had died. Mrs. Louise Bickford was a complete stranger to me. However, my friend shared the article because Louise had been a military spouse, like me.

    The obituary made no refer- ence to an impressive career or professional achievements on Louise’s part. It didn’t mention awards for talents or proficien- cies. No news-worthy contribu- tions to society or attempts to change the world. Nothing that would measure up to traditional barometers of success.

    But this seemingly unremarkable newsprint about a military spouse I never knew, some- how tapped into my psyche and left an indel- ible mark.

    After reading the obit, my friend and I ex- changed messages such as, “She did the New York Times crossword in pen. I can’t even do it in pencil.” And, “Wo