Ft. Wainwright, AK. – The Department of the Army announced last week the inactivation of ten Warrior Transition Units (WTUs) as the number of wounded, ill and injured soldiers requiring care in the WTUs continues to decline. WTUs at both Ft. Wainwright and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson are included in the closure.
Since February 2014, the number of Soldiers receiving care and support in WTUs has decreased from over 7,000 to less than 3,700. Based on a comprehensive assessment of WTU force structure and the declining population of soldiers in WTUs, the Army will be able to reduce the number of WTUs from 25 units to 15 by August of 2016.
WTUs at Ft. Wainwright and Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson have seen the same decline in numbers. Currently there are 27 soldiers receiving care at WTUs in Alaska; down from 73 in April 2014.
“The Army recognizes Warrior Care as an enduring mission and sacred obligation,” said Col. Lisa Toven, Commander, Medical Department Activity – Alaska. “While locations of services may change, we are committed to ensuring the best possible health care and support for our soldiers, whether they are transitioning back to the force or into the civilian community as a veteran.”
WTUs will remain on installations where there is a large concentration of soldiers. WTUs will also continue to be co-located with major Army medical activities and centers providing support to wounded, ill and injured soldiers who require at least six months of rehabilitative care and complex medical management.
As units are inactivated, soldiers and their families will continue to receive care and transition assistance, and the Warrior Care and Transition Program will remain a scalable and reversible program fully capable of providing world class care.
Active duty personnel assigned to units set for inactivation or force structure reductions will be reassigned in accordance with Army assignment policies. The 27 civilian employees impacted between Ft. Wainwright and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson will be reassigned based on their skill sets, the needs of the Army and available employee opportunities.
Public Affairs Specialist
Medical Department Activity – Alaska