LAWTON, Okla._ Two of the U.S. army's top leaders visited Fort sill this evening to gauge the progress of the new Ready and Resilient campaign.
General John Campbell, the vice chief of staff of the army and Sergeant Raymond Chandler, the top enlisted soldier in the army, spoke about moving on after more than 11 years at war.
While on post they talked with soldiers, family members and civilians about a new platform in place for prevention and response.
"As we transition out of Afghanistan, we're going to ask our soldiers to do other things," said Chandler, Tuesday night. "In our preliminary results from the first brigade that's over in Africa, soldiers are very excited about doing something other than persistent conflict."
One of the well-known programs under this initiative is S.H.A.R.P., the prevention and response system in place for sexual harassment and rape offenses in the army.
Preventing suicide is another specific issue this campaign will attempt to tackle. This comes at a time when suicide rates are at a record high.
"The suicide issue and challenge is an issue for the army," said Campbell. "We continue to look at it every single day."
There were as many as 350 confirmed military suicides in 2012.
"We have to make sure if a soldier has an issue they have the right resources to go toward," said General Campbell.
The vice chief of staff did say more effort needs to be directed toward the families of military members. He also reaffirmed his belief that the U.S. army will continue to be the strongest and most equipped force in the world for years to come.