DoD Recognizes Exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinators


The Defense Department recognized six sexual assault response coordinators for exceptional service over the past year.

The winners of the 2018 Exceptional SARC of the Year are chosen from each of the armed services. Awardees represent the very best in a large field of professionals dedicated to sexual assault response and victim assistance, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office officials said.

“Our sexual assault response coordinators form the cornerstone of our military response capability,” said Navy Rear Adm. Ann Burkhardt, director of DoD’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. “They are often the first person our service members reach to for assistance. SARCs are a source of enduring strength for service members recovering from sexual assault. We are pleased to honor our awardees as the best of the best in their field.”

This year’s exceptional SARC awardees are:

— Air Force: Capt. Lauren McGuire, 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany;

— Army: Sgt. 1st Class Kacey Kitner, Fort Sill, Oklahoma;

— Coast Guard: Eric Barreras, Coast Guard Base Alameda, California;

— Navy: Hilda Ruby Godley, Joint Base Charleston – Naval Weapon Station, South Carolina;

— Marine Corps: Christina Chavez, Marine Corps Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia; and

— National Guard Bureau: Nicholas Gonzalez,…

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