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NEWS | June 16, 2020

Warrior Transition Battalion prepares to take on new ‘SRU’ designation

By Robert A. Whetstone Brooke Army Medical Center Public Affairs

On Nov. 5, 2019, the Army announced the restructuring of its Warrior Care and Transition Program and formally recognized itself as the Army Recovery Care Program. The Warrior Transition Battalions would soon restructure and re-designate as Soldier Recovery Units.

Brooke Army Medical Center’s WTB made the formal announcement of the pending change June 3 with a brief tree dedication ceremony.

Lt. Col. Andrea Castillon, BAMC WTB commander, designated a special site near the organization’s offices where a commemorative “WTB” tree will be planted.

“Trees are well known as symbols of immense and enduring strength, which couldn’t be more appropriate given the mission of our battalion,” she stated.

Inactivating a unit looks easy to bystanders attending a ceremony, but there is much coordination and work behind the scenes to execute it in accordance with Army Regulation 870-20, Army Museums, Historical Artifacts, and Art. Units must work closely with the Center of Military History for the proper handling of organizational history files, unit historical property, and operational records.

Members of a unit often develop a bond with the history and pride in its colors, or guidon. Change can be difficult to get used to, particularly when WTBs have countless testimonials of past and present Soldiers and veterans, expressing how the programs within them saved their lives. 

“Although change is inevitable, we will remain a premier organization for the healing and transition of our Soldiers,” Castillon said. She is confident in the smooth re-flagging of her unit because the fundamental foundation of WTB’s culture is adaptability.

The SRU’s three primary platoons are Complex Care, Veteran Track, and Return to Duty. This restructuring will simplify and streamline policy, remove barriers, and tailor services to fit the unique needs of every Soldier.

“Our adaptability and resilience prepare us for what is on the horizon, and will help us successfully navigate this new terrain together as a team,” Castillon added. “We pride ourselves in being a place to heal and transition, and our camaraderie transcends re-naming and time.”

The official re-flagging ceremony takes place June 23.