"We [the Coalition] and our Iraqi partners recognize that improving security for the Iraqi people is the first step in rekindling hope. As citizens feel safer, conditions will be set for the resumption and improvement of basic services." - U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of Multi-National Force-Iraq, said during a press conference at the Combined Press Information Center, March 8.
Outpatient Tiger Teams
What happened? In response to the recent media issues concerning Walter Reed Army Medical Center the Secretary of the Army directed the formation of an "Outpatient Tiger Team" to be supervised by the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. The Team is led by an Army Colonel and eight members from Army Medical Command and Installation Management Command.
What has the Army done? The purpose of the Tiger Team is to assess whether Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs) and installations with Medical Hold and Medical Hold-Over Soldiers are experiencing similar issues as were reported recently in the media. The Tiger Team will focus on four key focus areas:
1. Soldier Accountability - Health and Welfare
3. Medical Administrative Process
4. Information Dissemination
The team will visit 11 MTFs beginning 2 March to include Fort Bragg, Fort Gordon, Fort Stewart, Fort Campbell, Fort Knox, Fort Sam Houston, Fort Hood, Fort Bliss, Fort Lewis, Tripler Army Medical Center, and Fort Drum.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? Army senior leadership will continue to take prompt corrective action as deficiencies are identified. We'll fix issues as we find them. The Tiger Team is due to present its findings to Army Leadership on 2 April. The Army will then publish a summary of its findings.
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10 March 12:00PM, Military Channel," Off to War: Episode 1"
Hear the story of the mobilization of the Arkansas National Guard into war-torn Iraq in October 2003. Twenty-nine hundred members strong, this is the largest mobilization of a National Guard brigade into a combat zone since World War II.