FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Leadership of the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity and the 3rd Battalion, 85th Infantry Regiment (Provisional) -- Warrior Transition Battalion -- conducted an Army Medicine Covenant signing ceremony during a unit gathering Nov. 10 at Fort Drum's Multipurpose Auditorium.

The event highlighted the Army Medical Department's commitment to providing quality health care to Soldiers and their Families, demonstrating that there is no higher priority for the AMEDD than caring for those who have made personal sacrifices in the defense of our nation.

Participants in the event included MEDDAC's command team, Col. Mark W. Thompson and Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy J. Sprunger, as well as 3-85's command team, Lt. Col. Celia A. FlorCruz and Command Sgt. Maj. Pamela Y. Connally.

During their remarks, all emphasized the importance of the covenant signing and pledged continued commitment to warriors in transition.

After sharing remarks, the commanders and command sergeants major joined in a ceremonial signing of the warrior care covenant poster. The poster will be covered with an acrylic overlay and placed on display.

The covenant signing ceremony took place during November's Warrior Care Month.

"Every day, the MEDDAC's mission is to continue to improve the care provided to our Soldiers and their Families," Thompson said after the event. "While Warrior Care Month and this covenant signing are marks on the calendar to commemorate that mission, it is our daily commitment to that mission which we reaffirmed today."

The Army Medicine Healthcare Covenant represents the AMEDD's commitment to provide quality
health care to wounded, ill or injured Soldiers and their Families.

Specifically, it is committed to delivering and providing:
* Maximized physical and behavioral health promotion;
* Improved quality outcome-focused care and services;
* Improved access and continuity of care;
* The highest quality care;
* Support during the healing process;
* Assistance in returning to duty or transitioning to civilian life, and
* A healing environment that focuses on mind, body and spirit.

Presently, there are 368 Soldiers in 3-85 Warrior Transition Battalion.