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    Paintball for prevention - A different approach to suicide awareness

    Paintball for prevention - A different approach to suicide awareness

    Photo By Pfc. Theodosius Santalov | Alpha Company “Wild Cards”, 24th Military Intelligence Battalion, 66th Military...... read more read more



    Story by Pfc. Theodosius Santalov 

    AFN Wiesbaden

    WIESBADEN, Germany – The Wiesbaden Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) partnered with Wiesbaden Outdoor Recreation to host a paintball tournament for Suicide Prevention Month on Clay Kaserne, Oct. 1, 2021.

    “We wanted to do something that was team building, comradery oriented, and fun for the soldiers, said Wiesbaden ASAP Chief Matthew Murcin, “paintball fits right into that.”

    This event comes as a result of a new strategy that the Wiesbaden ASAP Suicide Prevention Program implemented.

    “We want to look at it (suicide prevention) in more of an inclusive way where we’re not just looking at suicide prevention, but looking at the overall health of the person,” said Wiesbaden ASAP Suicide Prevention Program Manager, Jason Mohilla, “So, what we’re doing here is a paintball tournament to encourage resilience.”

    The paintball tournament included an archery range, air rifle range, and lawn darts for the participants. In addition to the activities, organizations and units from across the garrison pitched in to support the event.

    “We were able to coordinate with a lot of the other agencies throughout the garrison [including] the USO, ACS, our Education Center, and some of the colleges,” said Mohilla, “The BOSS program was out here earlier, and we’ve had a lot of support from the chaplains and the various units.”

    According to Mohilla, this widespread support enables the ASAP Suicide Prevention Program to help create a greater sense of community among soldiers, their families, and civilians.

    “It think it’s all about a year of being away from each other in isolation and getting people together at an outdoor activity,” said Capt. Joseph Chong, team captain for Alpha Company, 24th Military Intelligence Battalion, 66th Military Intelligence Brigade, “I think that’s what is building that resiliency, that teamwork, and that family unit.”

    Chong, whose team won the tournament, said his favorite part was spending time with fellow soldiers and seeing them outside of work.



    Date Taken: 10.01.2021
    Date Posted: 10.19.2021 09:35
    Story ID: 407541
    Location: WIESBADEN, HE, DE 

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