Articles on Leadership in the United States Army published in ARMY Magazine, AUSA Headline News, and AUSA News

Team-Building Efforts Continue Across Army

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Team-Building Efforts Continue Across Army

Army efforts to build highly trained, disciplined and fit teams are working, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston told Congress, describing it as creating a culture “where we don’t fight the enemy inside our formations.”

Grinston is describing an Armywide effort to create a culture that doesn’t tolerate sexual assault and harassment or acts of racism and extremism, and a climate where suicide prevention is a priority.

Good Communication Helped Soldiers Navigate Pandemic

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Good Communication Helped Soldiers Navigate Pandemic

Soldiers whose commanders communicated well during the pandemic were less likely to experience anxiety or loneliness, and more likely to practice good habits to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to a new survey.

“[COVID-19] really just reaffirmed what we already knew—that commanders who communicate effectively reduce stress within their organizations,” Lt. Col. Sam Preston, chief of the behavioral health division in the Office of the Surgeon General and psychiatry consultant to the Army surgeon general, said May 6 during an interview.

More Work Required on SHARP

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Dr. James Helis
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More Work Required on SHARP

Efforts to prevent sexual assault and harassment in the Army have fallen short, but changes are being made on several fronts, a senior official said.

“We are just not where we need to be with the program,” said James Helis, director of the Army Resilience Directorate. The December release of an independent review of the climate at Fort Hood, Texas, “caused us to take a hard look in the mirror at ourselves and our program.”

Army Resilience Director Speaks at AUSA Webinar

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Army Resilience Director Speaks at AUSA Webinar

The director of the Army Resilience Directorate will speak April 8 during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Thought Leaders webinar.

James Helis, who has been in the job since March 2019, will discuss the Army’s efforts to prevent sexual assault and harassment in the ranks. He also will talk about how the Army works to provide professional, compassionate and comprehensive care and support to members of the Army team when sexual harassment or assault incidents occur.