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Brigadier Gen. Austin Renforth presented Erinn Izykowski, command sexual assault response coordinator, Training Command, Training and Education Command, with the Marine Corps 2015 SARC of the Year award in a ceremony at Mitchell Hall, The Basic School on March 26. Her selection was announced in Marine Administrative Message 113/15, which was signed by Brig. Gen. Russell Sanborn, who was also in attendance.

Photo by SSgt. Rebekka S. Heite

Training Command nominee wins Marine Corps 2015 SARC of the Year

26 Mar 2015 | Staff Sgt. Rebekka S. Heite Marine Corps Base Quantico

Brigadier Gen. Austin Renforth, commanding general, Training Command, presented Erinn Izykowski, command sexual assault response coordinator, with the Marine Corps 2015 SARC of the Year award in a ceremony at Mitchell Hall, The Basic School on March 26.

Training Command is responsible for occupational entry-level training as well as career progression for the Marine Corps which comprises 6,500 permanent personnel and over 62,000 student personnel across the United States located onboard Marine Corps, Navy, Army and Air Force installations.

Izykowski was promoted to SARC for Training Command March 9, 2014, as such she concurrently serves as the Headquarters SARC and as the command SARC for five of the 18 colonel-level Major Subordinate Element commands within Training Command. This places her over 130 Uniformed Victim Advocates.

According to her nomination, Izykowski expanded and improved communication specifically in restructured data collection and assisted in more effective case transfers within Training Command and between military branches to improve victim care.

She does more than ensure the assailant gets the proper punishment, Renforth said.

“Izzy ensures the victim gets proper care,” he said.

 “In her efforts to produce a robust SAPR program, Mrs. Izykowski proactively engages commanders at all levels ranging from MSE colonel-level commanders, Marine Detachment major-level commanders, and Formal Learning Center captain-level commanders,” according to the nomination by Col. Timothy Armstrong, chief of staff, Training Command.

“She also supported the developing prevention campaign created by the Marine Corps Combat Support Service Schools, who later received the inaugural Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention in Innovation Award,” according to Armstrong.

As a direct result of her dedicated efforts, in November 2014, Mrs. Izykowski received the Inspector General’s coin for Superior Performance.  Specifically, Mrs. Izykowski was recognized for her impressive and transparent relationships amongst subordinate commands, effective organizational capabilities, and incomparable program management of Training Command to include 18 colonel-level MSEs and their respective 74 FLCs.

 “It is evident that Mrs. Izykowski is passionate for serving victims of sexual assault, this command, and the greater Marine Corps,” said Armstrong. “In the past year working with Mrs. Erinn Izykowski, we as a command have a greater understanding and appreciation for the SAPR program and how to better serve our victims. She has been an asset to this command and greater program.”

Her selection was announced in Marine Administrative Message 113/15, which was signed by Brig. Gen. Russell Sanborn, who was also in attendance.