The United States Army's number two man, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army General John Campbell was in Lawton on Tuesday evening discussing the roll out of a new campaign that aims to realign programs in an effort to improve health and save lives within the branch of service.
General Campbell along with Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler arrived in Texoma after visiting Fort Riley in Kansas earlier on Tuesday.
The two are gathering feedback from leaders, soldiers, their families and civilians on the Ready and Resilient Campaign.
The new initiative brings together different resources and programs aimed at building physical, emotional and psychological resilience in those who serve.
In the end, Gen. Campbell hopes the campaign will help soldiers better deal with things such as stress, which will help avoid tragic situations like suicides.
"We have got to do a lot more as a nation to get the right behavioral health," Gen. Campbell exclaims. "Take a hard look at the people and provide them the resources they need if they have issues."
He says, "I think for our Army, we continue to hammer this. It's about engaged leadership. It's about our non-commission officers knowing everything they can about that solider. About that family, where they live, what marital issues they have. What financial issues."
During his visit, Gen. Campbell also discussed sequestration and the future of the Army.
He says the Army has been working as an all volunteer force for 40 years but says due to qualifications like background checks and health epidemics such as obesity, it is getting tougher to land the best candidates.
"The pool that we are competing with for any of the services is the same pool that big businesses are going after, the universities are going after so what I'd tell you from that is the people that are coming into the army, that continue to come in the army represent our nation; are the best and the brightest that we get so we feel very comfortable that we're getting the right people in," Gen. Campbell says.
The Army's Vice Chief of Staff and Sgt. Maj. Chandler will spend the night at Fort Sill before heading out to Joint-Base Lewis McChord outside of Seattle on Wednesday where they'll continue to discuss the implementation of the Ready and Resilient Campaign.