By Brig. Gen. David J. Bishop
Commander, Warrior Transition Command and Assistant Surgeon General for Warrior Care and Transition
After wearing a uniform each day since I was 17, I am retiring from military service. Moments like these are always a time for giving thanks and reflection. Looking back on the extraordinary opportunities I’ve had, I recall the senior leaders who mentored me and provided leadership and guidance, and the NCOs who kept me on the straight and narrow. I’m reminded that I’ve been in combat, and it is with affection, pride and sadness that I also recall those who deployed with me and who made the ultimate sacrifice.
It has truly been an honor and a privilege to serve as the Commander, Warrior Transition Command and Assistant Surgeon General for Warrior Care and Transition. My tenure here is marked by your accomplishments that enhance support and transition for thousands of Soldiers assigned to Warrior Transition Units and Veterans in the Army Wounded Warrior Program. Through your efforts we strengthened our partnership with the Veteran’s Administration, increased training opportunities for Warrior Transition Unit Cadre, enhanced the adaptive reconditioning program, and restructured the Warrior Care and Transition Program – while keeping faith with our Soldiers and their Families.
To the men and women – military, civilian and contractors – of this command, thank you for what you do each day. There is no higher calling than to serve the Army’s most vulnerable; our wounded, ill and injured Soldiers, Veterans and their Families.
I admire your commitment to excellence, your professionalism and dedication to duty. Because of your superb efforts, the Army’s Warrior Care and Transition Program is an overall success. You impact the entire Army through your unmatched dedication and I extend to you my personal gratitude. I’m grateful to Army leadership for entrusting me with this mission and empowering me to make a difference. I’m proud I served here, to have served with each of you, and I’ll be watching from the other side.
Thank you all for a job well done.