Warrior Care at Fort Knox ushers in new era
May 7, 2014
The Northern Regional Medical Command opened a Community Care Unit (CCU) at Fort Knox May 1 as part of fiscal year 2014 Warrior Transition Unit force structure changes. The Fort Knox CCU replaces the former Community Based Warrior Transition Unit, headquartered in Illinois. That unit will deactivate by September.
The CCU, located in Bldg. 503, 459 9th Cavalry Regiment Avenue, realigns the management of Army Reserve and Army National Guard Soldiers healing in their home communities to the Warrior Transition Battalion here. Eventually the CCU will have two companies providing support to an estimated 200-250 Soldiers.
According to Capt. Morio Riley, commander, Fort Knox CCU, the unit will improve the care and transition of Soldiers through standardization, better access to resources, and improving command oversight. Community Care realigns the medical management of Soldiers healing in their home communities to Warrior Transition Battalions and Brigades while leveraging installation support systems.
"These Soldiers will continue to receive the benefits of a dedicated unit of warrior transition cadre and medical treatment facility staff," Riley added. "Soldiers will not physically move as result of being assigned to a CCU, however, they will remain in their home communities, receive care from their current providers, and will not have their care plans changed."
In addition to the CCU at Fort Knox, the Northern Regional Medical Command opened CCUs at Fort Bragg, N.C., March 27 and Fort Belvoir, Va., April 15.
"Warrior care is both an enduring NRMC mission and remains a priority for the Army," said Riley. "The new Community Care Units are part of the Army's continuing commitment to improving the warrior care transition program and providing the best care and support for our wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and their Families."