by Capt. Timothy Bushnell and Spc. April York
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
Soldiers of the 204th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, came together for a voluntary training event on domestic violence Jan. 26 at the Family Readiness Center.
The training was designed to educate Soldiers and their Family members on the consequences and appropriate responses for domestic violence, said Lt. Col. Todd Bertulis, commander, 204th BSB, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.
“This is a serious problem, not just for our married Soldiers but for our single Soldiers as well,” he said.
To conduct the training, the battalion coordinated with Army Community Service victim advocate, Deon Cobasky, to resource experts for the event. Cobasky works with Families to prevent domestic violence in the home.
Maj. Frank Tobin, executive officer, 204th BSB, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., started the training by emphasizing the command team’s commitment to mitigating domestic violence across the battalion.
The featured guest speaker was a survivor of domestic violence, who declined to be identified. She related her personal experiences and explained the slow progression of her relationship into a violent one. She helped the Soldiers and Family members better identify signs of escalating domestic violence in the home.
Throughout the event, law enforcement agents as well as legal counsel made appearances. Military police explained the legal process of handling domestic violence incidents on post. Civilian police were there as well to explain what happens to Soldiers and their Families who become involved in domestic violence incidents off post.
Capt. Joshua Krupa, trial counsel for 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., explained the legal process involved for Soldiers charged with domestic violence and how they are prosecuted.
Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Dugan, the senior enlisted leader of 204th BSB, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., emphasized the importance of treating each other with dignity and respect.
“Have the courage and the fortitude to do what is right and be a positive resource for our fellow Soldiers,” he said.