'Army Helps Wounded Warriors Heal Closer to Home' - FRAGO 4 to EXORD 118-07 (Healing Warriors)
SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING
"More than seven generations of them are chronicled here at Arlington. They're etched into stone, recounted by family and friends, and silently observed by the mighty oaks that have stood over burial after burial."
- President Obama, paying tribute to Soldiers, while participating in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery Monday, May 25, 2009
On Memorial Day
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Year of the Noncommissioned Officer
"NCOs are the backbone of the Army and will be a key to the success of this effort. We will highlight the Army Values and the Warrior Ethos by leading the way in awareness and training to change the Army culture by ridding the force of this crime (sexual assault)."
- Staff Sgt. Victor Danielson, one of the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Program participants at Fort Belvoir, committed to helping the Army change its culture through its "I.A.M Strong" Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention, or SHARP, program
BOSS members partner with SHARP Program
INFORMATION YOU CAN USE
- Early Bird News Site
- Information Papers with "2009 Army Posture Statement"
- Stories of Valor
- Army Public Affairs Portal
- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- 2009 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2009 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates
2009: Year of the NCO
2009: Year of the Military Family
2009: 100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant
- National Mental Health Month
- National Military Appreciation Month
- Asia Pacific American Heritage Month
May 24 - 31: National Hurricane Awareness Week
May 25: Memorial Day
WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS
- Memorial Day is not my day (WOTN)
- A place where valor lies (SM)
- From Afghanistan: Many challenges as U.S. forces go after Taliban (NPR)
- Culture (Lesson 3A: Chai and the Pashtunwali) (A.L.L.)
- Marriage and romance in the Army (IIN)
- Welcome to my office (BOB)
What is it?
FRAGO 4 is the fourth "fragmentary order" issued from the Army Execute Order (EXORD) 118-07 (Healing Warriors) that established the Army Warrior Care and Transition Program (WCTP). FRAGO 4 refers to the Army's implementation of refined criteria and instructions for assignment to Warrior Transition Units (WTUs) that will result in more Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers recovering in their hometown, utilizing local civilian health care, but remaining under the supervision of Army unit leaders and medical case managers.
What has the Army done?
The Army established WTUs at most active duty Army posts, and at nine community based Warrior Transition Units (CBWTUs) located around the U.S. CBWTUs have Army cadre and medical case managers comparable to active duty WTUs, but assigned Soldiers normally live at home and undergo treatment in the local civilian Tricare health network. In the past, reserve component Soldiers who were mobilized for active duty deployment and became ill or injured were routinely assigned to the active duty WTU at the mobilization station or Army post where they reported for deployment.
Under the new guidance, commanders of WTUs and Army hospitals who determine Soldiers' eligibility for WTU assignment will have the authority to transfer a wounded, ill or injured reserve component Soldier to the CBWTU or WTU nearest to the Soldier's hometown.
Clinical care requirements will always drive the determination for WTU assignment. Each candidate Soldier undergoes a comprehensive medical evaluation to determine WTU eligibility. If a reserve component Soldier qualifies for retention on active duty for medical reasons but does not require the daily medical care management provided by an active duty WTU or military treatment facility, the Soldier will be assigned to the CBWTU closest to his or her hometown or support network, provided the location has the medical capacity to meet the Soldier's treatment needs. If the Soldier's condition requires daily care management, he or she will be assigned to the active duty WTU at the military treatment facility closest to his or her hometown. Commanders will also have the ability to transfer a reserve component Soldier to a CBWTU from a WTU after the medical condition has been stabilized and the Soldier meets CBWTU eligibility.
Why is this important to the Army?
The new policy enables wounded, ill and injured reserve component Soldiers to undergo treatment and care management closer to hometowns and family support networks, and makes the Warrior Care and Transition Program more compassionate and responsive.
Information about FRAGO 4 can be found at: Warrior Transition Command Web site
Warrior Care Page
ABOUT THE ARMY
- Obama honors servicemembers' ultimate sacrifices (ARMY)
- Troops in Iraq, Afghanistan honor their fallen (WP)
- Acting in a different theater of war (LAT)
- For female Soldiers, last battle is within (AT)
- Utah Army recruiter caught between pride, anguish (TSLT)
- Gates urges West Point graduates to become great leaders (ARMY)
- Sergeants Major Academy graduates Class 59 (ARMY)
- PEO Soldier unveils lighter, more lethal weapons systems (ARMY)
- Tested early by North Korea, Obama has few options (HT)
- U.S. Military: No doubt of North Korea nuclear test (LAT)
- Gates says Taliban have momentum in Afghanistan (WSJ)
- Picking up the pieces from Afghanistan's war (WP)
- Some Iraqis, who fled home, return to fight for U.S (USA)
- Soldiers celebrate college graduation in Iraq (ARMY)
- North Korean nuclear blast draws global condemnation (WP)
- Seismic readings appear to point to a small nuclear test (NYT)
- Autopsies of war dead reveal ways to save others (NYT)
- Military chief reviews ban on gays (BG)
- Military officials present book to military children (ARMY)
- Woman is 7th generation graduate of West Point (NPR)
- Official: Swine flu-infected U.S. troops leave Kuwait (USA)
- North Korea 'fires more missiles' (BBC)
- Analysis: What is the real threat of North Korea's nuclear program? (IND)
- Iran rejects nuclear dialogue (AJ)
- U.N. wants 'flood of drugs' in Afghanistan to devalue opium (GRD)
- Pakistani Taliban to Swat civilians: Come back (HT)
- Taliban ends attacks on Pakistani troops in key town (LDT)
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