Fewer combat wounded prompt Army to streamline number of Warrior Transition

By Ms. Tatjana Christian (News Releases)April 17, 2015

Today, the Department of the Army announced the inactivation of ten Warrior Transition Units (WTUs) as the number of wounded, ill and injured Soldiers requiring care in the WTUs continues to decline.

Since February 2014, the number of soldiers receiving care and support in WTUs has decreased from over 7,000 to less than 3,700. Based on a comprehensive assessment of WTU force structure and the declining population of Soldiers in WTUs, the Army will be able to reduce the number of WTUs from the 25 units to 15 by August 2016.

"These soldiers and their families have overcome great adversity and they represent the strength of our nation. I'm committed to ensuring they continue to have the best possible health care and support to transition successfully back to the force or into the civilian community as a veteran," said Col. Chris Toner, Commander, Warrior Transition Command and Assistant Surgeon General for Warrior Care and Transition.

The Army WTUs scheduled for inactivation are at the following locations: Fort Gordon, Georgia; Fort Knox, Kentucky; Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia; Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Fort Polk, Louisiana; Fort Wainwright, Alaska; Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Fort Meade, Maryland; and Naval Medical Center, San Diego, California.

WTUs will remain on installations where there is a large concentration of soldiers. WTUs will also continue to be co-located with major Army medical activities and centers providing support to wounded, ill and injured soldiers who require at least six months of rehabilitative care and complex medical management.

As units are inactivated, soldiers and their families will continue to receive care and transition assistance, and the Warrior Care and Transition Program will remain a scalable and reversible program fully capable of providing world class care to our wounded, ill and injured soldier population.

Soldiers who do not require day-to-day care to recover, and who receive their care from the TRICARE network closer to their homes, will not be affected by these consolidation efforts. The opportunity to recover closer to home, through assignment to Community Care Units (CCUs), will continue to be an option soldiers can explore.

Active Duty personnel assigned to units set for inactivation or force structure reductions will be reassigned in accordance with current Army assignment policies. Civilian employees impacted by the consolidation will be reassigned based on their skill sets, the needs of the Army and available employment opportunities. Every attempt will be made to allow Reserve Component cadre to serve out their tours.