Guam Governor and Adjutant General visit Soldiers in Transition
January 30, 2014
Governor Eddie Calvo, Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Benny Paulino and members of their staff visited Guamanian Soldiers in Transition at the Pacific Regional Medical Command-Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) on January 28, 2014.
The leaders addressed a room of 50 Soldiers in Transition (ST) from Guam who are currently attached to the WTB and undergoing medical retention processing.
"As a result of the battalion's redeployment, the numbers of Guamanian Soldiers in Transition have increased," said Paulino. "Ever since I came on board and found out about the WTB organization and who we had here, we've established a network where we can work to ensure all of your needs are met."
Governor Calvo also expressed his commitment to Soldier care and to seeing the return of deployed National Guard and Reserve Soldiers who call Guam and the Northern Marianas home. "I want to make sure you take full advantage of the entitlements and services that you are provided here that may not be available to you at home, said Calvo. "I also look forward to your safe return. The yellow ribbons will not come down until you are all back," he said.
Calvo also addressed the importance of the WTB mission of resolving issues associated with deployment before returning Soldiers to their families, employers and civilian communities.
"It's the right thing to do and the WTB has accomplished it well" said Calvo. "I want to thank the WTB for the service you provide to these Soldiers and I want to thank all the men and women in the guard, reserves and active duty for your service to our nation," he added.
Maj. Raymond O'Donnell, Executive Officer for the WTB reflected on the historical partnership with Guam and the privilege of caring for fellow Pacific Islanders. "It's an absolute honor, duty and responsibility to provide Guam Soldiers the medical and transition care they deserve as they return from honorable service in support of Operation Enduring Freedom".