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9/23/2022
Ep 126 START Pilot Program On this episode of the Palmetto Guardian we talk with Sgt. Travis Duncan, Start NCOIC and Ssg. Shannon Timmerman, South Carolina National Guard Suicide Prevention Program Manager, about their new suicide prevention training. We dive into new resources that are available to service members and how the start program is helping service members in the South Carolina National Guard. The Palmetto Guardian is hosted by Staff Sgt. Chelsea Weaver and Pfc. Ana-Grace Catoe with the South Carolina National Guard Public Affairs office. 0:00 - Intro 1:11 - What is the Start program? 1:41 - How does the Start program differ from the annual mandatory suicide prevention briefs? 8:50 - What is the importance of the start program? 11:31 - What are the tools the start program offers? 12:56 - Is the program voluntary? 20:20 - Livingworks credentialing possibilities 20:50 - Is the program available to the airguard? 22:00 - Start course progression since May. 23:44 - What is the feedback on the program from m-day soldiers? 24:20 - Bringing soldiers out of their comfort zones. 25:01 - Why does the training have to be so straight-forward? 25:50 - A big problem with trying to break the stigma. 27:40 - Can this training be used outside of the military? 32:00 - Does enrolling in behavioral health affect your security clearance? 34:35 - How being a part of suicide prevention and intervention is upholding our duty to selfless service. 35:00 - What is the biggest takeaway from the start program? 37:00 - The importance of understanding that some situations are out of our control. 38:30 - How can someone who wants to be a part of this program get involved?
9/23/2022
South Carolina National Guard Soldiers assigned to Detachment 1, Company B, 2-238th General Support Aviation Battalion, perform high-altitude flight operations, aboard of a CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift cargo helicopter in proximity of Vail, Colorado, Mar. 09, 2017. The crew was attending a week-long power-management course at the High-Altitude ARNG Aviation Training Site (HAATS) located near Eagle, Colorado. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
9/23/2022
A flight of two U.S. Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and two U.S. Army UH-60L Black Hawk medium-lift utility helicopters, respectively assigned to the 1-151st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion and 1-111th General Aviation Support Battalion, 59th Aviation troop Command, South Carolina National Guard, perform low-altitude training in vicinity of Sumter, South Carolina, Dec. 3, 2021. The training was conducted inside a new training area created specifically to provide South Carolina Army National Guard, rated and non-rated crew members with a controlled environment in which safely develop low-altitude piloting, navigation, and combat skills, as well as crew-resource management techniques. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Roby Di Giovine, South Carolina National Guard)
9/23/2022
A flight of two U.S. Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and two U.S. Army UH-60L Black Hawk medium-lift utility helicopters, respectively assigned to the 1-151st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion and 1-111th General Aviation Support Battalion, 59th Aviation troop Command, South Carolina National Guard, perform low-altitude training in vicinity of Sumter, South Carolina, Dec. 3, 2021. The training was conducted inside a new training area created specifically to provide South Carolina Army National Guard, rated and non-rated crew members with a controlled environment in which safely develop low-altitude piloting, navigation, and combat skills, as well as crew-resource management techniques. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Roby Di Giovine, South Carolina National Guard)
9/23/2022
U.S. Army Cpt. Jon Strickland and Warrant Officer John Gootee, with Company A, 2-151st Security and Support Aviation Battalion, S.C. Army National Guard, perform flight operations during a night training-mission aboard of a LUH-72A Lakota multi-mission, light utility-helicopter, upstate South Carolina, November 30, 2017. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
9/23/2022
A South Carolina Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift cargo helicopter and a UH-60L Black Hawk medium-lift utility helicopter from 59th Aviation Troop Command and crews support the South Carolina Forestry Commission to contain a remote fire near Table Rock, Pickens County, South Carolina, Nov. 20, 2016. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
9/23/2022
A South Carolina Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift cargo helicopter and a UH-60L Black Hawk medium-lift utility helicopter from 59th Aviation Troop Command and crews support the South Carolina Forestry Commission to contain a remote fire near Table Rock, Pickens County, South Carolina, Nov. 20, 2016. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
9/23/2022
A South Carolina Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift cargo helicopter from Detachment 1, Comapany A, 2-238th General Support Aviation Battalion, 59th Aviation Troop Command, and crew based in Greenville, South Carolina support the South Carolina Forestry Commission to contain a remote fire near the top of Table Rock, Pickens County, South Carolina, Nov. 19, 2016. The aircraft is equipped with a 22,000lb Bambi Bucket, which can be filled with any available water to be transported and dumped on the fire. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
9/23/2022
A South Carolina Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift cargo helicopter and a UH-60L Black Hawk medium-lift utility helicopter from 59th Aviation Troop Command and crews support the South Carolina Forestry Commission to contain a remote fire near Table Rock, Pickens County, South Carolina, Nov. 20, 2016. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
9/23/2022
A South Carolina Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift cargo helicopter assigned to Detachment 1, Company B, 2-238th General Support Aviation Battalion and crew based in Greenville, South Carolina support the South Carolina Forestry Commission to contain a remote fire near the top of Pinnacle Mountain in Pickens County, South Carolina, Nov. 17, 2016. The aircraft is equipped with a Bambi Bucket, which can be filled with any available water to be transported and dumped on the fire. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
9/23/2022
A South Carolina National Guard’s CH-47F Chinook, heavy-lift, helicopter assigned to Detachment 1, Company B, 2-238th General Support Aviation Battalion, 59th Aviation Troop Command, lands at the Whale Branch Early College High School and delivers water and food supplies to the community of Seabrook in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 9, 2016, Beaufort County, S.C. Over 2,000 South Carolina National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have been activated since Oct. 4, 2016. Their primary mission is supporting state and county emergency management agencies and local first responders with coastal evacuations and any services or resources needed to assist the citizens of South Carolina after Governor Nikki Haley declared a State of Emergency. Hurricane Matthew peaked as a Category 4 hurricane in the Caribbean and hit the S.C. coast on Oct. 7, 2016. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine/Released)
9/21/2022
COLUMBIA, S.C. – U.S. Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jim Davidson was named the South Carolina National Guard (SCNG) State Chaplain, during a Changing of the Stole Ceremony July 9, 2022. Davidson was selected for the position due to his achievements, accomplishments, and dedication to the Chaplain Corps of the U.S. Army by the leadership of the South Carolina Army National Guard.
9/21/2022
On this episode of the Palmetto Guardian we talk with Sgt. Travis Duncan, Start NCOIC and Kristen Riglietti, South Carolina National Guard Suicide Prevention Coordinator about September being Suicicde Prevention Month. We dive into new resources that are available to service members and their families as well as ways to prevent suicide and get the help you need. The Palmetto Guardian is hosted by Staff Sgt. Chelsea Weaver and Pfc. Ana-Grace Catoe with the South Carolina National Guard Public Affairs office.
9/10/2022
On this episode of the Palmetto Guardian we talk with Sgt. 1st Class Felicia Penn, Federal Women's Program Manager, 1st Lt. Briana Yancey, State Equal Employment Specialist and Lt. Col. Latasha Oneil, 751st CSSB Battalion Commander about Women’s Equality Day. We dive into the history and evolution of women’s equality, what challenges we still have to work towards and an upcoming event to celebrate Women’s Equality Day. The Palmetto Guardian is hosted by Sgt. Chelsea Weaver with the South Carolina National Guard Public Affairs office.
6/27/2022
On this episode of the Palmetto Guardian we talk with Jennifer Wolff, South Carolina National Guard behavioral health specialist, and Senior Master Sgt. David Hutterl, South Carolina Air National Guard Electronic Warfare Specialist, about anger management, what resources are out there for service members and how treatment has helped Senior Master Sgt Hutter manage his anger. The Palmetto Guardian is hosted by Pfc. Ana-Grace Catoe and Sgt. Chelsea Weaver with the South Carolina National Guard Public Affairs office.
6/21/2022
U.S. Army Spc. Daniel Walters, motor transportation operator, 1051st Transportation Company, South Carolina National Guard, graduated from the U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia, June 17, 2022. Walters completed the mentally and physically challenging school, which focused on squad and platoon operations designed to prepare Soldiers to be better trained, more capable, and more resilient leaders. (U.S. Army National Guard video by Maj. Karla N. Evans, South Carolina National Guard)
6/14/2022
On this episode of the Palmetto Guardian we talk with Jennifer Wolff, South Carolina National Guard behavioral health specialist, Mr. Darryl Hammond, South Carolina National Guard Health and Wellness Coach and Kristen Riglietti, South Carolina National Guard Suicide Prevention Coordinator about Mental Health Awareness and the resources available to service members and their families. If you or someone you know is suffering please ask for help. It’s time to break the stigma and help service members get the help they need. The Palmetto Guardian is hosted by Sgt. Chelsea Weaver with the South Carolina National Guard Public Affairs office.
6/14/2022
On this episode of the Palmetto Guardian we talk with Mrs. Lisa Mustard, South Carolina National Guard behavioral health office, about the different types of PTSD symptoms, resources service members and their families can access, and why it’s important to bring awareness year round. The Palmetto Guardian is hosted by Sgt. Chelsea Weaver with the South Carolina National Guard Public Affairs office.
6/1/2022
The South Carolina National Guard celebrates May as Military Spouse Appreciation Month showcasing spouses of U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers serving in the South Carolina National Guard and recognizing the support they provide to their service member. (U.S. Army National Guard video by Pfc. Ana-Grace Catoe, and Sgt. Chelsea Weaver, South Carolina National Guard)
5/31/2022
This is the story of U.S. Army Sgt. Mack Williams, a member of the Marksmanship Training Unit of the South Carolina National Guard Joint Force Headquarters out of Columbia, South Carolina. He talks about his experience being a Marine and what led him to join the South Carolina National Guard, which then led him to becoming the “Combat National Champion” during a competition at the Winston P. Wilson National Guard Combat Shooting Championship. (U.S. Army National Guard video by Sgt. Chelsea Weaver and Pfc. Ana-Grace Catoe, South Carolina National Guard)