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Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion reflagged to Soldier Recovery Unit remains committed to supporting wounded, ill and injured Soldiers

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Public Affairs

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – The Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion was formally reflagged as the Fort Campbell Soldier Recovery Unit during a ceremony on post, July 10th, 2020.

The SRU, is part of the Army Recovery Care Program, which oversees the evaluation and treatment of wounded, ill and injured Soldiers requiring six months or more of rehabilitative care and complex medical-case management.

“We transitioned from the WTB to the Soldier Recovery Unit. So the name changes but the mission remains the same and our command team remains the same. Lt. Col. Holt and Command Sergeant Major Rivera are going to continue to lead this organization through taking care of our Soldiers, making sure that they get the services they need,” said Brig. Gen. Clair Gill, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) deputy commanding general for support.

Fort Campbell Soldier Recovery Unit leaders, (from left) Command Sgt. Maj. Angel Rivera and Lt. Col. Heath Holt uncase the SRU colors. The Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion was formally reflagged as the Fort Campbell Soldier Recovery Unit during a reflagging ceremony on Fort Campbell, July 10th. (U.S. Army)

Fort Campbell Soldier Recovery Unit leaders, (from left) Command Sgt. Maj. Angel Rivera and Lt. Col. Heath Holt uncase the SRU colors. The Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion was formally reflagged as the Fort Campbell Soldier Recovery Unit during a reflagging ceremony on Fort Campbell, July 10th. (U.S. Army)

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Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion staff among the best in the Army at Warrior Care

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – A Soldier and a federal employee from the Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion were named among the best in Army’s Warrior Care and Transition Command Cadre of Excellence awards for 2019.

The former WCT command, which announced its renaming January 6th, 2020 to the Army Recovery Care Program, oversees the evaluation and treatment of wounded, ill and injured Active-Duty, Guard and Reserve Soldiers requiring complex medical-case management through its network of Warrior Transition Units and Battalions located at major medical treatment facilities and through Community Care Units across the country.

Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Platoon Sergeant, Sgt. 1st Class Elizabeth Mercedes, speaks with WTB Squad Leader, Staff Sgt. Robert Popa at the battalion. Mercedes was selected as the best platoon sergeant for 2019 in the Army Recovery Care Program Cadre of Excellence Awards for her dedication and support to wounded, ill and injured Soldiers assigned to the Fort Campbell WTB. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Yager)

Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Platoon Sergeant, Sgt. 1st Class Elizabeth Mercedes, speaks with WTB Squad Leader, Staff Sgt. Robert Popa at the battalion. Mercedes was selected as the best platoon sergeant for 2019 in the Army Recovery Care Program Cadre of Excellence Awards for her dedication and support to wounded, ill and injured Soldiers assigned to the Fort Campbell WTB. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Yager)

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Unfinished Business

 

U.S. Army Warrior Care and TransitionFort Bragg, NC – Representing Team Army and competing at the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, Florida in June was the highlight of all Sgt. 1st Class Ian Crawley’s hard work. Now, the Soldier from the Warrior Transition Battalion, Fort Campbell, Kentucky wants another shot.

“Honestly I feel like I have unfinished business [at the DoD Warrior Games]. I’m trying to improve on what got me there before,” said Crawley who is participating in the Adaptive Reconditioning Camp at Fort Bragg, North Carolina this week.

Sgt. 1st Class Ian Crawley of Fort Campbell, Kentucky pushes himself to be better than last year to make Team Army and return to the 2020 Department of Defense Warrior Games in San Antonio, Texas. Fort Bragg Adaptive Reconditioning Camp, November 7, 2019. (Photo by MaryTherese Griffin, U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition)

Sgt. 1st Class Ian Crawley of Fort Campbell, Kentucky pushes himself to be better than last year to make Team Army and return to the 2020 Department of Defense Warrior Games in San Antonio, Texas. Fort Bragg Adaptive Reconditioning Camp, November 7, 2019. (Photo by MaryTherese Griffin, U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition)

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Wounded, ill and injured Soldiers embark on Where Heroes Rendezvous 101 mile bike ride

 

U.S. Army Warrior Care and TransitionFort Campbell, KY – The state of Kentucky is known for its rolling hills, streams, springs and diverse landscapes, and now the site of the 2019 Where Heroes Rendezvous 101 mile bike ride that goes around Fort Campbell, Kentucky and its surrounding communities.

The event, formally known as the Bluegrass Rendezvous, featured 70 wounded, ill and injured Soldiers from Fort Campbell and Fort Stewart, Georgia including leaders from the Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion. The ride is one of many adaptive outreach programs available for Soldiers.

The 2019 Heroes 101 “Where they Rendezvous Ride” September 27th, 2019. (Annette P. Gomes)

The 2019 Heroes 101 “Where they Rendezvous Ride” September 27th, 2019. (Annette P. Gomes)

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Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Soldiers to complete a 101-mile rendezvous Bike Ride

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – On September 27th, 2019, wounded, ill and injured Soldiers will participate in a 101-mile bike ride, “Where Heroes Rendezvous,” on Fort Campbell and in the surrounding communities.

More than 70 riders, including wounded, ill or injured Soldiers assigned to the Fort Campbell, Fort Stewart, Georgia, and Fort Benning, Georgia Warrior Transition Battalions, as well as cadre, veterans and volunteers will ride, sharing their support of WTB Soldiers along the route. The community can help cheer for riders as they ride past along the route.

Participants ride the final stretch past the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Headquarters on the way to the finish line during a previous endurance ride in 2015. (U.S. Army photo by David Gillespie)

Participants ride the final stretch past the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Headquarters on the way to the finish line during a previous endurance ride in 2015. (U.S. Army photo by David Gillespie)

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Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Nurse Case Manager Liza Finnegan

 

U.S. Army Warrior Care and TransitionArlington, VA –  Nurse Case Managers, like Liza Finnegan, at the Warrior Transition Battalion, Fort Campbell, Kentucky are there to help wounded, ill and injured Soldiers embrace the change and adapt to their new normal.

Poet Nikki Giovanni once said, “A lot of people resist transition and therefore never allow themselves to enjoy who they are. Embrace the change no matter what it is and once you do you can learn all about the new world you are in and take advantage of it.”

Nurse Case Manager Liza Finnegan of the Fort Campbell, Kentucky Warrior Transition Battalion, June 11, 2019. (MaryTherese Griffin, U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition)

Nurse Case Manager Liza Finnegan of the Fort Campbell, Kentucky Warrior Transition Battalion, June 11, 2019. (MaryTherese Griffin, U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition)

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Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Soldiers, Family build bonds during USO Warrior Week at APSU

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Clarksville, TN – During USO Warrior Week at Austin Peay State University (APSU), Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Soldiers and their Family members had a chance to discover new activities, together,  recently.

USO Warrior Week, held in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Fort Campbell, Kentucky and El Paso, Texas, is an annual event for wounded, ill and injured service members and their families. It features free, therapeutic and recreational activities, events and music for participants to enjoy and explore together.

Soldiers from Fort Campbell's Warrior Transition Battalion and their Family members had a chance to discover new activities, together, during USO Warrior Week at Austin Peay State University recently. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Yager)

Soldiers from Fort Campbell’s Warrior Transition Battalion and their Family members had a chance to discover new activities, together, during USO Warrior Week at Austin Peay State University recently. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Yager)

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Four Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Soldiers to compete in 2019 Warrior Games

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – On June 21st through June 30th, 2019, Four Soldiers assigned to the Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion will compete in Tampa Florida in the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games hosted by the U.S. Special Operations Command.

The DOD Warrior Games is an adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. The games highlight the resiliency and warrior spirit of participants despite their wounds, injury or illness.

Shay Hampton, Department of Defense Warrior Games athlete raises the ceremonial torch at the opening ceremony of the Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 2, 2018. This year's opening ceremony is June 22 in Tampa, Florida. Four Soldiers from the Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion are among the 300 U.S and international competitors.  (U.S. Air Force, Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

Shay Hampton, Department of Defense Warrior Games athlete raises the ceremonial torch at the opening ceremony of the Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 2, 2018. This year’s opening ceremony is June 22 in Tampa, Florida. Four Soldiers from the Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion are among the 300 U.S and international competitors. (U.S. Air Force, Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

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Fort Campbell WTU helps Injured Soldier with Eight Kids make it work

 

U.S. Army Warrior Care and TransitionArlington, VA – During the month of the military child in April, the resiliency of children is highlighted  They often change communities and schools and changes in circumstances can alter expectations and the family dynamic. U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Manuel Marrero and his wife Silvana have four children ages 15 to 17.

However, extenuating circumstances would find the Marrero’s taking in their four nieces and nephews ages 7 to 14; all while they were both serving in the Army. “You must have patience and flexibility,” Marrero says. It is advice he offers to any military family.

The Marrero’s stand outside their home at Fort Knox, Kentucky in May 2017. (Left to right: Yair, Silvana, Marcela, Mckaila, Maritza, Marrero, Manuel II (front) Haleigh, Kyleigh. (Sgt. 1st Class Manuel Marrero)

The Marrero’s stand outside their home at Fort Knox, Kentucky in May 2017. (Left to right: Yair, Silvana, Marcela, Mckaila, Maritza, Marrero, Manuel II (front) Haleigh, Kyleigh. (Sgt. 1st Class Manuel Marrero)

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Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Soldiers competing to join Team Army at 2019 Warrior Games

 

Written by Maria Yager
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Public Affairs 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – Four Soldiers and one Veteran from Fort Campbell’s Warrior Transition Battalion will compete in the Army Trials at Fort Bliss, Texas, March 6th to 16th, to earn a spot on Team Army for the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games later this year.

The DOD Warrior Games is an adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill and injured service members and Veterans. Both the Army Trials and Warrior Games provide an adaptive reconditioning outreach opportunity for the Soldiers to get involved in, outside of their routine adaptive reconditioning workouts while assigned to a WTB.

Master Sgt. Cinnamon Wright practices rowing at Shaw Gym Feb. 28. Wright is one of four Soldiers from Fort Campbell's Warrior Transition Battalion heading to the Army Trials at Fort Bliss, Texas, this week, to compete for a spot on Team Army in the 2019 Warrior Games later this year. Adaptive reconditioning activities including rowing are linked to a variety of benefits for Wounded Warriors, and assists in their overall rehabilitation and recovery. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Yager)

Master Sgt. Cinnamon Wright practices rowing at Shaw Gym Feb. 28. Wright is one of four Soldiers from Fort Campbell’s Warrior Transition Battalion heading to the Army Trials at Fort Bliss, Texas, this week, to compete for a spot on Team Army in the 2019 Warrior Games later this year. Adaptive reconditioning activities including rowing are linked to a variety of benefits for Wounded Warriors, and assists in their overall rehabilitation and recovery. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Yager)

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