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JBSA ‘We Care Carnival’ highlights SHARP, equal opportunity and more

An Airman poses for a photo with a working therapy dog brought by volunteers with Paws 4 Hearts.

An Airman poses for a photo with a working therapy dog brought by volunteers with Paws 4 Hearts.

A Soldier answers a question about the Army SHARP program at the Frisbee booth.

A Soldier answers a question about the Army SHARP program at the Frisbee booth.

A Soldier spins the SHARP wheel that contains questions about the program.

A Soldier spins the SHARP wheel that contains questions about the program.

A Soldier throws a dart to receive a prize after correctly answering a question on the Army SHARP program.

A Soldier throws a dart to receive a prize after correctly answering a question on the Army SHARP program.

Soldiers stop by the Navy Ask, Care, and Treatment, or ACT, booth. The ACT program is a three-step process designed to help determine if someone is suicidal and to prevent them from hurting themselves.

Soldiers stop by the Navy Ask, Care, and Treatment, or ACT, booth. The ACT program is a three-step process designed to help determine if someone is suicidal and to prevent them from hurting themselves.

A We Care Carnival volunteer hands a Soldier a prize at the Frisbee booth.

A We Care Carnival volunteer hands a Soldier a prize at the Frisbee booth.

A Soldier slowly pulls out a wooden block from a tower labeled with “Together Working For Change.”

A Soldier slowly pulls out a wooden block from a tower labeled with “Together Working For Change.”

Two Soldiers pose for a photo with a working therapy dog brought by Paws 4 Hearts volunteers.

Two Soldiers pose for a photo with a working therapy dog brought by Paws 4 Hearts volunteers.

Soldiers pet a working therapy dog brought by volunteers with Paws 4 Hearts.

Soldiers pet a working therapy dog brought by volunteers with Paws 4 Hearts.

Two Soldiers have fun in Sumo wrestler costumes.
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Two Soldiers have fun in Sumo wrestler costumes.

Volunteers from the Army Substance Abuse Program, or ASAP, hand out literature to Soldiers.
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Volunteers from the Army Substance Abuse Program, or ASAP, hand out literature to Soldiers.

Looking up to jog his memory, a Soldier answers a question on the Army SHARP program.
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Looking up to jog his memory, a Soldier answers a question on the Army SHARP program.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas --

More than a thousand Soldiers, along with a couple of hundred Sailors and Airmen, participated the first Joint Base San Antonio-wide “We Care Carnival” Sept. 19, highlighting Sexual Harassment, Assault Response and Prevention, Equal Opportunity, Army Substance Abuse Program and chaplain programs.

Held at the JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Student Activity Center, students training at the Medical Education and Training Campus participated in carnival-themed events and activities focused on sexual harassment, assault, suicide, and discrimination. It was a joint effort as Army, Navy, and Air Force offices from all across the installation took part in the carnival.

The carnival was designed to engage students about the programs in an entertaining atmosphere. Students learned about these initiatives by answering questions at booths, playing bingo, participating in a gameshow, and playing games for prizes. Students also enjoyed popcorn, cotton candy, slushy drinks, prize raffle prizes, sumo wrestling, and a petting zoo of working therapy dogs brought by volunteers with Paws 4 Hearts, a non-profit organization based in Texas.

The 32nd Medical Brigade, U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence, or MEDCoE, led efforts in organizing the carnival. They received a lot of assistance from the Medical Professional Training Brigade, MEDCoE, the Navy Medicine Education Training and Logistics Command, and the 502nd Air Base Wing student population, with the most of the funding provided by U.S. Army North.

Sgt. 1st Class Mishiella Roseburgh and Sgt. 1st Class Freyja E. Eccles, from the 32nd Medical Brigade, were the primary planners and points of contact for the event.

“The reason we hosted this event is because since my return to JBSA in 2016, I have been surprised at how little inter-service coordination there is for the SHARP programs,” Eccles said. “It has been my goal to foster cooperation and coordination amongst all the military services within JBSA since becoming the 32nd Medical Brigade’s sexual assault response coordinator, victim advocate. I am looking forward to working with all of our sister services moving forward.”

To learn more about the SHARP, EO and chaplain programs, visit https://www.jbsa.mil/Resources/Sexual-Assault-Prevention-and-Response/, https://www.jbsa.mil/Resources/Equal-Opportunity/, and https://www.jbsa.mil/Resources/Chaplain-Services/.