USARAF chaplains highlight combat stress, suicide prevention during seminar in Namibia

WINDHOEK, Namibia – Stress from combat and constant operations has been a bane of soldiering since the advent of organized warfare.

Recently, U.S. Army Africa’s Chap. (Col.) Jonathan McGraw and Sgt 1st Class Ryan Cook presented a week-long seminar addressing the affects of combat and operational stress as well as suicide prevention.

McGraw and Cook worked with eight chaplains and 18 chaplain’s assistants in Windhoek, Namibia at the request of the Namibian Defense Forces.

According to NDF Chief of Chaplains, Lt. Col. Nangula Kathima, suicide among troops is a growing challenge as is combat stress.

“We very much appreciate the suicide prevention and combat stress training,” Kathima said. “The concepts and practical exercises were well presented during the event.”

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