Guardsman Praised as Voice of Hope
The Mississippi National Guard takes great pride in the ambition, diligence and dedicated contributions of its Service members in support of missions across the globe and throughout our great state.
Mississippi Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Kennett is one of those outstanding Service members who has set the standard for excellence in the National Guard through her selfless service and dedication to duty.
Kennett was recognized as the 2017 Department of Defense Exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for the National Guard April 5, at the Pentagon by acting Secretary of the Army, The Honorable Robert Speer, and at the National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Virginia, April 6, by Col. Robert Charlesworth, NGB Chief of Staff.
This valiant award recognition ceremony came with impeccable timing as Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant initiated a proclamation April 4, at the MSNG Joint Force Headquarters, declaring the month of April the MSNG Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.
This year's motto, “Protecting our People Protects our Mission,” provides focus, while Kennett serves as a voice of hope to Service member sexual assault survivors.
“I am truly humbled and honored to be recognized for this award and to represent the Mississippi National Guard as we offer compassion and hope to survivors while implementing preventative measures to stop acts of sexual assault in our ranks,” said Kennett.
Kennett serves as state victim advocate coordinator at the MSNG JFH. She simultaneously filled the vacant role of sexual assault response coordinator the entirety of 2016.
“I am very proud of the work Sgt. 1st Class Kennett has done to support the Service members of the Mississippi National Guar,” said Lt. Col. Deidre Smith, Director of MSNG Outreach Services. “Her commitment for primary prevention of sexual assault has man an incredible impact within our military ranks and the entire state.”
Kennett continues to synchronize the efforts of community organizations aimed to preventing sexual assault and domestic violence.
Kennett has developed innovative non-traditional sexual assault prevention training to join forces with the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer Training Academy, the Military Sexual Trauma Team at the Mississippi Veteran's Affairs Hospital, the Victim Compensation Office at the Attorney General's Office, and the Office Against Interpersonal Violence at the Mississippi Health Department.
This unique joint training presents a capstone in training excellence and joining community forces. Her efforts provides testimony to Kennett's versatility and competence as a leader within the sexual assault prevention community.
Kenneth is part of the dynamic MSNG Outreach Services team that has recently developed a new and innovative approach to provide resources and immediate assistance to survivors, Soldiers, leaders and Family members- the MSNG Outreach Services mobile app. The app, which first launched December 2016, serves as a one-stop shop for information, resources and immediate assistance.
“The Mississippi National Guard Outreach Services Mobile App is just the type of innovative approach that truly sets the standard if excellence in Service member and Family support,” said Smith.
The MSNG Outreach Service app is available for download at the Apple App Store and Google Play for smartphones and various other electric devices.