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STAND-TO! Edition: Friday, August 3 2012

Today's Focus:

U.S. Army Europe Soldier Ride - August 2012

Senior Leaders are Saying

They have to ask themselves, 'do you still want to be a part of the Army?' and 'Are you willing to do what the Army wants you to?' When you are a Soldier, you have chosen to be a part of something larger than yourself. We expect you to grow while you are in the service both personally and professionally. So, do what's right, and if you are unsure ask questions. Be what you say you are, a professional.

- Sgt. Maj. of the Army, Raymond F. Chandler III, at Fort Leonard Wood, August 2, 2012.

Sergeant Major of the Army meet Soldiers and families

What They're Saying

People don't necessarily retire when they love what they do and enjoy the rigorous atmosphere of going to work, doing fulfilling things, getting gratification from a job-well-done and seeing the fruits of their labor. I don't think I'll retire I'll just slow down.

- Julius Ware II, Army veteran

VA program offers vets between ages 35-60 new education opportunities.

A Culture of Engagement

Calendar

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

July 27- Aug. 12: London 2012 Olympics, visit Army.mil: U.S. Army Olympians site.

August

Antiterrorism Awareness Month

Aug 1: Army Day
Aug 26: Women's Equality Day Related site: Army.mil: Women in the Army
September

National Preparedness Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Suicide Prevention Month
Sept. 11: Patriots Day
Sept. 16 POW/MIA Recognition Day
Sept. 25: Gold Star Mothers Day

Today's Focus

U.S. Army Europe Soldier Ride - August 2012

What is it?

The Soldier Ride program is part of the Wounded Warrior Project, or WWP, that provides rehabilitative cycling opportunities for wounded warriors to help restore their physical, mental and emotional well-being.

What has the Army done?

The Army continually looks for ways to provide the best possible care and support to all wounded, ill and injured Soldiers, to help ensure their successful return to active duty or transition to civilian life. One of the major ways the Army fulfilled that commitment was by creating the Warrior Transition Command under the U.S. Army Medical Command as part of a transformation of Army outpatient care and services. This transformation ultimately led to the establishment of Warrior Transition Units, or WTUs, throughout the Army. Currently there are approximately 9,000 Soldiers assigned to 32 WTUs and nine community-based WTUs.

Of the Army's 15 WTU battalions, only one is overseas, the Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe.

In September 2011, U.S. Army Europe, or USAREUR, and the Europe Regional Medical Command, or ERMC, coordinated with WWP to bring the first Soldier Ride to Europe. Nearly 50 Europe-based wounded warriors from the U.S. and three partner nations in USAREUR's area of responsibility Germany, Romania and the Republic of Georgia took part in the cycling event that provided them with rehabilitation and an opportunity to build confidence and strength in a supportive environment.

Over four days, warriors rode more than 54 miles near Germany's Bostalsee Lake, culminating in a community ride on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that drew some 400 riders in support of Wounded Warriors.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

This year the WWP has planned another four-day Soldier Ride at Bostalsee, highlighted by a community ride August 4, and USAREUR is already working with the WWP and ERMC to coordinate future rides and other WWP events that encourage and contribute to wounded servicemembers' positive recovery efforts.

Why is this important to the Army?

Wounded warriors have demonstrated their commitment with their brave and selfless service, and continue to contribute in and out of uniform. Support of Soldier Rides is just one way the Army honors that commitment and gives wounded warriors a chance to build strength and confidence through positive rehabilitation and the bonds of service. At the same time the rides give U.S. Army Europe a chance to further relations with wounded allies with whom they have fought and sacrificed side by side.

Resources:

Soldier Ride

Wounded Warrior Project

U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2)

Warrior Transition Command

U.S. Army Europe

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