Capt. Moten reflects on Warrior Transition Unit
July 9, 2010
FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Twenty-eight months after taking command of the Warrior Transition Unit that grew from 10 Soldiers to now more than 140, Capt. Eduardo Moten is ready to hand over the
reigns and take a quieter position at Fort Meade, Md.
Moten stewarded renovations for a 10,000-foot remodeled facility with conference, computer, exercise and counseling rooms, renovations in barracks and ground-breaking for new ones.
The Warrior in Transition was created at Fort Belvoir to ensure transitioning Soldiers get proper medical care and the support needed to return to active duty or civilian life.
Moten's team made a strong effort to not only meet Soldiers needs but to stay one step ahead and have Soldiers succeed.
"We are a family ... bottom line. We care for and take care of each other," Moten said.
That means we are compassionate and caring when need be as well as we can give a firm nudge when need be."
Sgt. 1st Class Walter Henry said he first met Moten in nursing school and believes Moten's medical and psychological schooling have enabled him to have a uniquely qualified response to Soldiers emphasizing with their needs and motivating them to succeed.
"His sense of humor, his ability to care, his ability to defuse anger and his determination to get at the root cause of problems ... he's a great listener," Henry said.
"I look at every situation differently now, having had him as commander. In my 27 years, a leader like Capt. Moten comes along once in a blue moon. I would do anything under the sun for him," Henry said.
Moten's personal philosophy of not failing Soldiers and always keeping their best interests foremost helped him win over Soldiers in situations that try most individuals.
"One of the toughest things to do as the leader of this program is prove to the Soldier that you are trustworthy. I'm a firm believer that the success is in the transition more than the healing," Moten said.
"The greatest challenge is apathy. I didn't realize how easy it was to get stuck. We work hard to assist Soldiers with accepting their current situation and assisting them with moving on with their lives to be as productive and successful as they can be," Moten said.
"It's always amazing to be part of the transition and see the accomplishments they achieve. My Warriors are my heroes," Moten said.