New commander assumes authority of Warrior Transition Battalion
September 7, 2012
The new commander is responsible for ensuring Wounded Warriors on Fort Belvoir heal and return to normalcy.
Lt. Col. Carl Curriera assumed command of the Warrior Transition Battalion from Lt. Col. Renee Joseph during a ceremony in Wood Theater Aug. 30.
Curriera said he looks forward to the challenge of helping Wounded Warriors and their cadre heal.
"It's a humongous tasking," Curriera said. "There'll be rough times but that will all go by the wayside when (warriors) start getting better and moving on to better things."
The WTB provides care for Wounded Warriors' recovery from injuries and illnesses developed in the line of duty. The unit's cadre, Department of Defense civilians and contractors help warriors heal and transition back into active duty or to civilian life.
"I used to think that there was no more noble profession than to be a uniformed servicemember, or someone who supports a uniformed servicemember," said Col. James Inman, Warrior Transition Brigade commander. "But I can think of one calling that is more noble to that, and that's to be a caregiver for those sons and daughters of our nation who need care and compassion."
Inman believes Curriera is ready to command the battalion's caregivers and continue healing Wounded Warriors.
Curriera was commissioned as a second lieutenant of field artillery from the U.S. Military Academy in May 1990. His previous duty stations include the 2nd Battalion 30th Field Artillery, 101st Airborne Division, the U.S. Army Human Resources Command and the U. S. Army Personnel Command.
Inman noted Curriera's experiences in human resource positions exemplify Curriera's ability to handle complex and demanding jobs.
"He did that work very admirably and, I think, that it will stand him in good stead to carry on here and do the work," Inman said.
Curriera's goal is take care of Wounded Warriors, cadre and Families.
"All of them deserve the best. To give them anything less is unacceptable," Curriera said.
Curriera informed the WTB Soldiers standing at attention during the ceremony that all policies and standard operation procedures remain in effect until further notice.
Curriera has observed the unit and Joseph since July. He said Joseph provided perspective and knowledge on how to lead the WTB during the transition of command.
Joseph came to the WTB from the Warrior Transition Brigade in June. She served as the battalion commander and the brigade executive officer for 12 weeks. According to Inman however, the battalion position demands more energy and effort than one could give in three months.
"Renee's done 12 weeks very, very well. It probably feels like 37 to 38 weeks," said Inman who called Joseph a godsend to the brigade. "She's done tremendous work."
Under Joseph's authority the WTB served 159 Soldiers, with 74 transitioning to active duty or civilian life. The battalion also conducted promotion ceremonies and purchased medical equipment, among other missions.
Joseph attributed the battalion's ability to succeed in these missions to the cadre, staff, contractors, Soldiers in transition, and Family members comprising the battalion.
"I'm truly grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of the first battalion team," Joseph said.