Charmain Z. Brackett
A year ago, there was a grove of pines in the place where seven buildings devoted to the care of Warriors in Transition now sit.
"We were housed in modular buildings, in the hospital and spread out," said Lt. Col. Everett Sharpe, at the Nov. 21 ribbon cutting and open house for the Warrior Transition Battalion campus.
With 40,000 square feet of space to house 160 personnel, the campus is consolidated to provide better care to warriors.
The WTB itself is a relatively new concept, said Brig. Gen. Donald Bradshaw, commanding general for Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center and Southeast Regional Medical Command.
The WTB's purpose is to "improve, support and care for injured, ill and wounded warriors," he said. "We consolidated a bunch of things already going on."
Once the Soldiers were consolidated into one unit, it followed to consolidate the areas which served them.
The staff moved into buildings as they were completed from July to October.
The complex provides for better care for the Soldiers in several ways, said Bradshaw.
"It improved support for the Soldiers and their Families. We knew where people were," he said.
"It improved information flow. It improved the injured, ill and wounded warrior's transition back to service in uniform or back to service in the civilian world."
The results are already evident. "We are a whole lot better than we were 18 months ago," he said.
And improvements continue to be made.