13th SC(E) Graduates Equal Opportunity Leaders

Story and Photo by Spc. Naveed Ali Shah
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq — The 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Equal Opportunity office held a graduation ceremony for its newest crop of EO leaders September 25 at the MWR east here at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

During the weeklong EOLC course, students learned the basic knowledge necessary to provide their respective unit’s with equal opportunity support.

In the first phase of the course students were given an overview of the Army’s EO program, said Sgt. 1st Class Johnnie Mitchell the equal opportunity advisor for the 13th SC(E) and the lead instructor for the course.

“In phase two students were provided lesson plans on how to deal with individual and group values, behaviors, attitudes, and group conflict,” said Mitchell.

The third phase of the course covered aspects of discrimination in society and the military, said Mitchell.

The fourth and final phase taught students myriad topics including types of complaints, timelines, and the procedures for resolving EO issues within the unit, said Mitchell.

After graduation, EO leaders must carry out their mission within their respective units.

“Make sure everyone in the 13th SC(E) knows that EO violations will not be tolerated within our ranks,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Mark D. Joseph, senior enlisted adviser for the Fort Hood based 13th SC(E).

Mitchell said, “I challenge each of our students to be proactive in performing their duties as EO leaders.”

The EO office routinely conducts EO training, as well as unit victim advocate training. For more information contact Sgt. 1st Class Johnnie Mitchell at 433-2695 or johnnie.mitchell@iraq.centcom.mil.


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Command Sgt. Maj. Mark D. Joseph, senior enlisted adviser for the Fort Hood based 13th SC(E), hands a certificate of completion to Staff Sgt. Robert Chadd of the 445th Transportation Company, 260th Quartermaster Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade. Chadd, a Durham, Conn., native, graduated the 13th SC(E)'s equal opportunity leader's course Sept. 25 at MWR east here at Joint Base Balad.