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Thursday, 09 May 2013
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GUIDON staff
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The new Warrior Transition Unit on Fort Leonard Wood is officially open — General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital and Fort Leonard Wood commemorated the opening during a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 2 at the WTU campus.
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From left to right, Capt. Carl Bisckei, Warrior Transition Unit commander; Brig. Gen. Mark Inch, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general; Sgt. Jeremy Turner; Staff Sgt. Jill Franco; and Col. Marie Dominguez, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital commander, cut the ceremonial ribbon during the grand opening of the Warrior Transition Unit Campus May 2.

The Fort Leonard Wood WTU is one of 29 specialized units throughout the U.S. and Europe. The $15 million campus, operational since December 2012, includes a Soldier Family Assistance Center for financial management and educational resources, the WTU Headquarters building, and 24 two-bedroom suites with kitchen and living room units.

The barracks have Americans with Disabilities Act approved rooms for Soldiers who may have limited mobility. Currently, there are 41 occupants in the barracks. The total capacity is 48.     

Col. Marie Dominguez, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital commander, spoke at the ribbon-cutting about the modern approach to helping Soldiers in transition heal.

“We focus on the abilities of the Soldier, not the disabilities,” Dominguez said. “The key to successful, holistic healing is the comprehensive transition plan approach that focuses on the six core attributes of spiritual, career, emotional, Family, physical and social healing.”

She also talked about the mission of healing wounded, ill and injured Soldiers for transition either back to military duty, or to continue serving the nation as veterans in the community.

“All of our Soldiers have raised their right hand to serve our nation, and we have a solemn duty — a solemn duty — to promote healing of those Soldiers,” Dominguez said. “We owe our Soldiers the best possible chance for recovery.”

A team of specialists, including a primary care manager, a nurse case manager and a squad leader, work together to coordinate the care and transition of each Soldier.

 On average, the unit has more than 100 Soldiers assigned, each for about a year, depending on injury and necessary transition period.

 The campus is managed by 40 civilian and military service members.

1st Lt. Shawn Pierce, Warrior Transition Unit executive officer said the campus’ location is key to the success of its occupants.

“The location of the WTU campus is important due to the proximity to the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital. This proximity allows the Soldiers in transition to access the services which are provided by the hospital,” Pierce said.   

(Editors note: Information in this article provided by GLWACH.)

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2013 )