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Wounded soldier center gets facelift
Mike Biering, director of Public Works, shows delegates renovation plans for new WTB billets. - photo by Randy Murray / U.S. Army photo
Representatives of four members of Congress received an update on the progress of Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield's Warriors in Transition Battalion at Winn Army Community Hospital from Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Medical
Activity commander Col. John P. Collins and garrison commander Col. Todd Buchs, Feb. 22.
Delegates were first briefed with the history of how WTB evolved in response to the Army Medical Action Plan, with a mission to ensure wounded and injured soldiers would receive appropriate medical assessment and outpatient care. That overview then went into greater detail to show what the installation has been doing to implement AMAP during the last six months.
Following the hour-long briefing and then a lunch at Club Stewart, the congressional delegates were escorted to the WTB's current billeting area. Collins and Buchs and former WTB CSM Robert McRae invited them into one of the units for single WTB soldiers, a mobile unit containing four bedrooms, with two soldiers to a room. Each unit also has shared bathroom/shower and laundry facilities, phone, TV, refrigerator and microwave. Each billet is equipped with a handicap ramp.
Delegates then visited the barracks being renovated for WTB. There, post Director of Public Works Mike Biering explained the details of renovating the facilities for injured soldiers. These barracks are scheduled to be available for WTB Soldiers after April 1.
The last stop for the delegates was the soldier and Family Assistance Center, currently housed in the Army Community Service office. ACS Director Donna Finney and SFAC Director Diane Smith showed the delegates around and explained how the ACS and SFAC are working to assist wounded soldiers and their families with everything from pre-marital and financial counseling to providing veterans benefits information.
Included among Friday's visiting delegates were Jared Downs, regional director for Sen. Johnny Isakson; Kathryn Murph, regional representative for Sen. Saxby Chambliss; Brooke Floyd, field representative for Rep. Jack Kingston; and Wesley DeVegter, field representative for Rep. John Barrow.
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