Soldiers receive Army Commendation Medal for support of suicide prevention campaign

by U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud
U.S. Army

On Camp Casey in Dongducheon Sept. 29, the Army Commendation Medal is presented to 23 Soldiers for their support of this September's annual Suicide Prevention Month, including participation in a stage play that highlighted suicide prevention awareness and that featured an all-Soldier cast.

The play, titled "Second Chance," was performed a total of 12 times on various occasions throughout September, in Area I on Camp Casey and on Camp Red Cloud in Uijeongbu, and outside Area I, on Yongsan in Seoul, Camp Carroll in Waegwan and Camp Henry in Daegu.

The Soldiers involved with the play volunteered large amounts of their time from mid-June to late September and the play was performed before a total of more than 3,900 spectators — 3,800 Soldiers and 109 civilians.

During the award ceremony, inside Camp Casey's Multi-Purpose Complex, Col. Brandon D. Newton, Commander, U.S. Army Garrison Area I, presented the medals.

Joining him at the ceremony were Lt. Col. Brian A. Jacobs, Commander, U.S. Army Garrison Casey, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jason R. Copeland, USAG Casey's senior enlisted leader.

According to the written citation that accompanied most of the medals, the "performance raised awareness during Suicide Prevention Month by providing Soldiers, leaders and the civilian community a visual of how risk factors can spiral out of control and lead to suicide."

Among central elements in the play were its highlighting of the Army's "ACE" training, which sets out three key actions — "Ask, Care, Escort" in helping someone who is suicidal.

The play was part of this year's overall suicide prevention campaign of Eighth Army and the 2nd Infantry Division/ROK-U.S. Combined Division.

The play was written by a member of USAG Area I's Army Substance Abuse Program.

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