JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. -- Major Gen. M. Ted Wong, commander of U.S. Army Northern Regional Medical Command, traveled to Virginia Beach, Jan. 16, to address the concerns of the wounded, ill, or injured... Soldiers of Community Based Warrior Transition Unit-Virginia and to discuss their care with their health care team.
Maj. Gen. M. Ted Wong speaks with CBWTU Virginia Beach personnel (Photo by Marlon J. Martin)
Upon arriving at the Virginia Beach Law Enforcement Training Academy where the week-long CBWTU quarterly muster has been held, the two-star general was greeted by Col. Glenda J. Lock, commander, McDonald Army Health Center, and Col. Marivel Velazquez, CBWTU commander, and then escorted inside to where the Soldiers and staff of CBWTU were assembled.
Maj. Gen. Wong engaged the Soldiers in open dialogue for more than an hour during a town hall setting that afford the CBWTU Soldiers an opportunity to address their concerns with "top brass" and other senior leaders.
He was open and very candid in discussing the quality of care the Soldiers are entitled to receive and the various challenges they are sure to face during the healing process. He also discussed in detail each phase of support, while reemphasizing his commitment to continue supporting the healing process of the Soldiers who will either return to duty or transition into the civilian sector.
"Your mission is to heal and transition; our job is to help you with that process," Wong said. "If we're doing something wrong or doing something that doesn't work for you, we want to know so we can work on fixing the problem. And, if we're doing something right, we want to know that as well, so we can keep those programs in place and strive to make them better."
The general highlighted various support programs, such as the Performance Triad and Body Composition programs, that are available to assist wounded, ill or injured Soldiers in their recovery process. While he stressed open communication and encouraged the Soldiers to give feedback on the programs they liked and/or disliked, he also reminded them of their duties as a Soldier.
"One team; One fight! We're all the same," the general exclaimed. "Even though you're in the CBWTU, you're still Soldiers."
Before opening the floor for questions, the general was joined in addressing the Soldiers by his command sergeant major who described the level of care that Soldiers are now receiving as "Excellent."
"Yes, we are getting it right," said Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin H. S. Scott, Jr., "Ask any Vietnam veteran, or take a look at the level of care they received. Yes, I'd say we're doing an excellent job."
Marlon J. Martin, McDonald AHC Public Affairs