JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, TX - Thirty-three students attending the Army Medical Department Noncommissioned Officer Academy, or NCOA, Senior Leader Course 201-20 volunteered their time to speak to, and spend time with, several soldiers at the Brooke Army Medical Center Warrior Transition Battalion, or WTB, and their families. Three Senior Leader Course, or SLC Squad Leaders, including Staff Sgt. Richard M. Davis who is currently in the SLC class that will graduate October 31, 2019, facilitated the volunteer event that they named "Operation Buddy Check".

The impromptu initiative had a very positive outcome. Among the WTB population were four soldiers of high medical risk. The NCOA students, in leader training with the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence, or MEDCoE, purchased pizza and soda and visited at the WTB's Liberty Barracks, while a team of ten students accompanied two of SLC Squad Leaders to visit Wounded Warriors at the Fisher House.

Many of the visited soldiers in transition assigned to the WTB expressed that they were thankful they had others to speak with and share their stories. At one-point soldiers who originally did not sign up for the event came out of their barracks room and joined the gathering. A major take away from the event was re-emphasizing the comradery, ensuring these soldiers who are transitioning out of the Army for medical reasons and their families understood they were not forgotten now that they are assigned to the WTB. Additionally SLC students had new perspective on the leadership attributes required to serve in MEDCoE, a complex Army medicine organization.

WTB provides competent and compassionate leadership through mission command, complex case management, comprehensive transition planning, and primary care in a safe environment promoting optimum healing for wounded, ill, or injured Soldiers returning to the force or transitioning to civilian life as productive Veterans. To learn more visit https://www.bamc.health.mil/wtb/.