A day in the life of warriors in transition

| December 4, 2015 | 4 Comments
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Maria Nguyen, Headquarters and Headquarters Company squad leader,Warrior Transition Battalion, demonstrates a portion of in processing that Soldiers are required to accomplish when transitioning to the WTB, Nov. 24, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The demonstration was a part of the “A Day in the Life of a Transitioning Warrior,” where leadership and distinguished visitors from Tripler Army Medical Facility and other agencies were able to learn first-hand what Soldiers recovering from injury, illness, and ailments go through when transitioning into the battalion. The event was one way that the WTB celebrated Warrior Care Month.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Maria Nguyen, Headquarters and Headquarters Company squad leader,Warrior Transition Battalion, demonstrates a portion of in processing that Soldiers are required to accomplish when transitioning to the WTB, Nov. 24, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The demonstration was a part of the “A Day in the Life of a Transitioning Warrior,” where leadership and distinguished visitors from Tripler Army Medical Facility and other agencies were able to learn first-hand what Soldiers recovering from injury, illness, and ailments go through when transitioning into the battalion. The event was one way that the WTB celebrated Warrior Care Month.

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Chris Hubenthal
Defense Media Activity-Hawaii News Bureau

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Warrior Transition Battalion demonstrated what Soldiers can expect when transitioning to the WTB during the event “A Day in the Life of a Soldier in Transition,” part of Warrior Care Month, Nov. 24.

Members of the WTB walked military leadership and distinguished visitors through their in-processing and transitioning procedures to give them a better understanding of what the WTB does to ensure that Soldiers recovering from injuries, illnesses and ailments are taken care of.

Lt. Col. Brian Peterson, WTB commander, explained what the battalion’s goal is when it comes to helping the military’s wounded.

“Here at the WTB, we have some access to care priorities that exceed the capability of other medical units out there, which makes us a tremendous asset for Soldiers and their families as they go through the transition and healing process,” Peterson said. “Ultimately, … we want to facilitate a successful transition from the uniform to … veteran status. Our job is to make sure that transition goes smoothly.”

The WTB showcased that smooth transition by allowing guests to go through the process themselves during simulated in-processing appointments.

“We’re trying to explain the process of what a Soldier goes through once they come to us,” said Staff Sgt. Luis Burgos, WTB squad leader. “We take them to the HHC (Headquarters and Headquarters Company) to in-process, and we gather all the information that we need from the Soldier. From there, we take the Soldier to meet the people that are going to be working closely with them, such as the social workers, the nurse case managers, the occupational therapists, the transition coordinator, and we also give them the opportunity to meet the chain of command.”

Burgos added that getting to know the transitioning Soldier is a major part of finding out how to better support them.

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal Michael Esquibil, Warrior Transition Battalion licensed clinical social worker, demonstrates a portion of in processing that Soldiers are required to accomplish when transitioning to the WTB, Nov. 24, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The demonstration was a part of the “A Day in the Life of a Transitioning Warrior,” where leadership and distinguished visitors from Tripler Army Medical Facility and other agencies were able to learn first-hand what Soldiers recovering from injury, illness, and ailments go through when transitioning into the battalion. The event was one way that the WTB celebrated Warrior Care Month.

Michael Esquibil, Warrior Transition Battalion licensed clinical social worker, demonstrates a portion of in processing that Soldiers are required to accomplish when transitioning to the WTB, Nov. 24, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The demonstration was a part of the “A Day in the Life of a Transitioning Warrior,” where leadership and distinguished visitors from Tripler Army Medical Facility and other agencies were able to learn first-hand what Soldiers recovering from injury, illness, and ailments go through when transitioning into the battalion. The event was one way that the WTB celebrated Warrior Care Month.

“We also get an opportunity to talk to the Soldier to find out not only what their physical needs are but also their personal emotions, so we can have a better understanding of what we need to do to better take care of that Soldier,” Burgos said.

He also feels a personal fulfillment when helping Soldiers during WTB events like this.

“The best part of it is the satisfaction that you get that you made a difference in the Soldier’s life and that you know they are going to be successful once they move on either to the fighting force or civilian life,” Burgos said. “Here the focus is that they are taken care of.”

The WTB continues its effort to provide mission command, primary care and case management for recovering Soldiers as the Army’s premier capability to set the conditions for healing and promote the timely return to the force or transition to civilian life.

“A Day in the Life of a Soldier in Transition” was one way the WTB provided information on the services and assistance they are able to provide.

 

Warrior Care Month

WCM was established on Nov. 5, 2008, to inform communities, service members and their families about how the Warrior Care system supports military members through programs and initiatives.

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  1. Warrior In Transition says:

    This unit has been by far one of the most corrupt and toxic units I have been in. I would have rather ed deployed broken than stayed here under the toxic leadership of [NAMES DELETED BY HAW STAFF]. One big sham for reserve and national guards who water active duty pay. With the help of their cliques

  2. Warrior In Transition says:

    This unit has been by far one of the most corrupt and toxic units I have been in. I would have rather ed deployed broken than stayed here under the toxic leadership of [NAMES DELETED BY HAW STAFF]. One big sham for reserve and national guards who water active duty pay. With the help of their Commamd cliques. Their were a few good NCO’s as Squad Leaders but when they stood up to the toxicity, their were targeted by the command. Crap eventually comes to light and I hear they are now coming to light. The DoD needs to put this unit under a microscope.

    • haw says:

      Greetings! — I’ve deleted the names from your comments, per our “Editorial Policy,” under the “Contributors” drop down menu. Please see item 6 under “General Publication Guidelines.”

      I recommend you contact the next higher level of command leadership if you incur a problem in a unit. The Warrior Transition Battalion comes under Tripler Army Medical Center. Call (808) 433-6661 for the Information Desk, (808) 433-6336 for Customer Relations, or (808) 433-2809 for Public Affairs. ~HAW Staff

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