By Gloria MontgomeryJanuary 19, 2018
FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood's Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) beat out 13 other Army WTUs to earn top honors in providing care and transitioning services to the Army's wounded, ill and injured Soldiers.
During ceremonies held Dec. 19, Col. David Gibson, commander, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, praised the WTU staff for its exceptional teamwork and its positive impact in the healing and transitioning of the Soldiers under their care.
"To get recognized for an award like this among 14 other WTU units across the Army who also are doing very difficult mission sets says a lot about the people who are here," said Gibson, emphasizing the importance of teamwork in mission accomplishment. "Thousands of lives are affected by what you do--Soldiers, Family members and their children--who will have a different azimuth of life based on their experiences here at this WTU."
The unit's selection by Army Medicine's Warrior Care and Transition Program (WCTP) was based on overall performance and inspection reports during Fiscal Year 2017. During the nominating year, the Fort hood WTU outscored the other WTUs during the annual command inspection program that included an array of items related to career transitioning, adaptive reconditioning, Family programs and partnerships with local and state-wide community and educational organizations. The unit also was recognized for hosting Army Medicine's regional-level trials for DOD's Warrior Games.
"We are very proud of every single one of you in winning the honor of "Best WTU" in Army Medicine," Gibson said.
The unit was nominated for the WCTP award by Maj. Gen. Thomas Tempel, commanding general, Regional Health Command-Central, because of the WTU's "outstanding achievements in support of wounded, ill and injured Soldiers, their Families, and their organization."
"This is a great honor, and your selection by the staff of WCTP and Regional Health Command-Central is an indication of the trust and confidence they have in your abilities and the great work you do every day." Major General Tempel said. "Congratulations and remember that all your efforts contribute to success to our mission, vision and values."
Lt. Col. Bruce Gannaway, commander, WTU, said he was honored to be recognized by Army leadership and WTU's peers.
"The recognition is well deserved and is a testament to the WTU staff doing the right things," he said, in accepting the award at the Mission Command Training Center.
Also recognized by WCTP were Staff Sgt. Anthony Hardy, WTU Squad Leader of the Year; Dannata Thompson, WTU Social Worker of the Year; and Corina Fleeman, WTU Physical Therapist of the Year.
The Fort Hood WTU first stood up in 2008 as a separate CRDAMC brigade to provide command and control for the nation's wounded, ill and injured soldiers. Its mission is to facilitate resources to ensure Soldiers either transition back to the force or as a veteran in the local community. While assigned to a WTU, the only mission a Soldier has is to heal. In 2015, it was inactivated as a brigade and reclassified as a WTU. At its peak level in 2008, the unit had more than 1,500 Soldiers. Today, it has about 200 active-duty Soldiers, activated Reservists and National Guardsmen.