Apr 8, 2010 10:19 PM by Matt Stafford

Prepping for a fight

Soldiers at the Mountain Post are doing a little multi-tasking. They're getting ready for the current mission overseas, but training for another fight as well.

"They've got a lot on their plate with units deploying frequently," says Sarah Falk who just finished a three-mile run with soldiers Thursday morning. Falk works as the sexual assault response coordinator for Fort Carson. She is working with troops to generate awareness of sexual assault. The three-mile run is in observance of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Every step, every mile, gets them that much closer to being prepared to handle their upcoming missions.

"Everything that the military does is training," explains Master Sergeant Jose Colon, who participated in the Thursday morning run.

There's plenty of training available for any mission these soldiers will be given. However, Thursday's training is designed to protect from an enemy attacking from within.

"The best way to eradicate sexual harassment and sexual assault is through training," Colon says.

Just like any other fight, the troops gear up for this one together, but it's more than that.

"We are not only a fighting force, but we are a community," explains Colon.

"Sexual assault is devastating to the individual, to the community and to unit cohesion here in the Army," Falk adds.

With a job to do, those are areas where the Army can't afford to have problems.

"It's a team effort that we need one another and we all need to stand together in this to make this move forward," says Falk.

Each step is a little bit of progress. Along with a little motivation, these soldiers will be ready for the fight.



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