Ribbon-cutting ceremony held for 70th ISRW SAPR office

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md --

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the new location of the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office, Feb. 6, 2017 at Fort George G. Meade, Md.

The SAPR office, which was previously located in Bldg. 9804, has now moved to Bldg. 9801 and this move helped address certain concerns.

“This move met a few needs,” said Meghan Root, 70th ISRW Sexual Assault Response coordinator. “It brought the SAPR and Equal Opportunity offices closer together, the location is more accessible and increases private for Airmen and it moved SAPR away from some mandatory reporting offices (for sexual assault) that were located in 9804.”

“There’s a fine line between sexual harassment and sexual assault,” said Master Sgt. Jamie McCarrison, 70th ISRW Equal Opportunity director. “By having the SARC and EO offices harmonized, the needs of the member can be best served. The EO and SARC offices are trained to ensure that member’s concerns are addressed in the appropriate venue. Seeking out assistance from either office can be a stressful time for a member, and if they should go to the wrong office, the member can easily walk to the other office.”

A “9801B 1st Floor Meet & Eat” event followed the ribbon cutting ceremony, which invited Airmen to a free lunch and meeting the personnel from the SAPR office, Airman and Family Readiness Center, EO, Career Assistance Advisor, Education Center, and the new Specialist for the Primary Prevention of Violence (SPPV office).

“The First Sergeant Council generously provided and cooked hamburgers and hot dogs for everyone and the Chaplain office also supported the event,” Root added.

To help Airmen become more familiar with each office (EO, SAPR, SPPV, A&FRC, Career, and Education Center), a scavenger hunt type raffle was created.

“We asked each member to visit each of the six offices and write down something new they learned about that office,” Root said. “When they were done, they submitted the raffle ticket for a chance to win a gift basket.”

“The event had a great turnout, thanks to the First Sergeants’ support,” said Root. “I think the Airmen who attended will be more comfortable seeking the support of each office in the future, if needed. The event also furthered the collaborative relationship between all of the offices involved.”

While the event highlighted the new location and partnership, the SAPR office also wanted to highlight an additional duty position that will become vacant in the next few months.

According to Root, the SAPR office will be losing its Alternate SARC this summer and they are looking for a volunteer to fill the position. The current requirements are seeking an O-2 or higher who will be stationed at Fort Meade for the next two years. This individual will act as the SARC if the primary SARC is on leave, temporary duty, or ill. If anyone is interested in helping survivors through this additional duty, please e-mail Meghan Root by March 10, 2017.

Members are encouraged to stop by the new SAPR office to say “hi” and pick up some promotional SAPR items like stress balls. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, please call 301-677-0821 or email 70isrw.sarc@us.af.mil. If you are looking to report an incident of sexual assault or speak to a confidential victim advocate, please call the 24/7 SAPR hotline at 240-752-2773.