PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The Florida/Central Command Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Master Mobile Training Team (MMTT) visited NAS Pensacola to provide training to command leadership, July 13-16.
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response MMTTs began deployments to worldwide locations July 13, as part of the Navy's aggressive efforts to prevent sexual assaults and promote essential culture changes within the force.
The teams are providing SAPR leadership training (SAPR-L) to command leadership triads (commanding officer/officer in charge, executive officer/assistant officer in charge, and command master chief/chief of the boat/senior enlisted advisor) in fleet concentration areas and locations with significant Navy presence. The command triads will then deliver the SAPR-L training to their command leadership, E-7 and above.
Rear Adm. Don Quinn, commander, Naval Education and Training Command; introduced the SAPR-L MMTT to the Pensacola-area command triads.
"Sexual assault hurts the victim and the command," said Quinn. "It can significantly damage a military unit's esprit de corps and cohesion which we leverage to accomplish extraordinary things. Sexual assault is therefore a major readiness issue. It is also a crime. Culture can best be defined as the combined actions of an organization's leadership. Our culture must not, and will not, tolerate sexual assault. It's not a uniquely Navy problem, but this will be a uniquely Navy solution."
Nearly 650 SAPR-L training sessions are scheduled Navy-wide during the next month, providing training for regular and reserve commands. The few commands that are deployed and unable to host a MMTT, can receive the training via Defense Connect Online. SAPR-L training must be completed for all E-7 and above by Sept. 30, and SAPR-L training completion will be documented by individual commands via the Fleet Training Management Planning System (FLTMPS).
Capt. Clark Price, commanding officer of the Navy ROTC unit at Savannah State University and assigned as team leader for the Florida/Central Command MMTT, is the senior member of the team that presented the SAPR-L sessions at the NASP command headquarters building.
"The first training sessions have gone great, and we're getting into a rhythm," said Price. "My team has an aggressive schedule of 11 cities in 30 days, ranging from Pensacola to Bahrain; allowing us to see a lot of the fleet. This is time exceptionally well spent, and we are looking forward to delivering the CNO's message on sexual assault prevention to Florida and Central Command."
Sexual assault prevention is an important element of the readiness area of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative, which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the department of the Navy (DON).
Additional information on the MMTT and SAPR-L training efforts can be found at the SAPR L/F training Web pages, including command registration for SAPR-L training: http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/support/sapr/Pages/training.aspx .
For more information on the Naval Education and Training Command, visit the NETC website at https://www.netc.navy.mil.
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