News: 2nd ID soldiers participate in Living Army Values Week
Story by Sgt. Michael Dator
CAMP CASEY, South Korea – Soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Division participated in Living Army Values Week April 4-8 on installations throughout Warrior Country.
“Living Army Values Week is an intentional morale, leadership and spiritual fitness initiative designed to re-enforce the seven Army Values in the lives of soldiers and family members,” said Chap. (Lt. Col.) Raymond A. Robinson Jr., the 2nd ID chaplain.
“The end state is that we are trying to develop individuals of character and fortitude,” said Robinson.
Events during the week included a “Values” prayer breakfast held April 7 at Camp Casey’s Gateway Club and Camp Humphreys’ Community Activity Center. The theme for the prayer breakfast was “Getting Back to the Basics.”
Participants focused on what the Army Values fundamentally stand for.
Training was also conducted at the unit level.
Soldiers were taught a two-hour block of instruction where they explored, developed, and applied Army values in their everyday lives, said Robinson.
“It is important for us to accomplish our mission as soldiers in a way that is consistent with our values,” said Robinson. “Periodic training like this is a good reminder on how we can stay on target with those values.”
Guest speakers from the Responsible Educated Alcohol Limiting Warrior program spoke to soldiers April 8 at Carey Gym on Camp Casey and at the Community Activity Center on Camp Humphreys.
The REAL Warrior program was instituted by Maj. Gen. Michael S. Tucker, commander of 2nd ID to enable soldiers to live more honorable and responsible lives while they are here in Korea, said Robinson.
“It’s imperative that the Army Values becomes the core of who we are as Soldiers, and the nation that supports those soldiers,” said Dr. Chuck W. Stecker, president of A Chosen Generation Ministry and guest speaker for the REAL Warrior program. “In order for us to be effective we must be physically, mentally, spiritually, and morally strong -- the Army Values helps us do that.”
“Living the Army Values means always doing the right thing, even when nobody is watching,” said Pfc. Matthew A. Huston, a cavalry scout attached to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4-7th Cavalry.
“It’s why I put on the uniform,” he said.