Commander, Warrior Transition Command, Says Farewell


WTC Commander Brig. Gen. David J. Bishop

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.

Did You Know? Meet the WTU Career and Education Readiness Team

By Caitlin Morrison, WTC Communications Division

Do you know how many Cadre are involved in WTU Soldiers’ Career and Education Readiness (CER) activities?  Career and Education Readiness activities support wounded, ill and injured Soldiers as they transition, whether they remain in the Army or transition to Veteran status.  All Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) Soldiers set career goals as part of their Comprehensive Transition Plan (CTP).  Career and Education Readiness activities provide eligible Soldiers with the skills and knowledge they need to advance toward their career goals. Achieving career goals contributes positively to the rehabilitation and reintegration process, which is why there are so many Interdisciplinary Team members along with the Triad of Care available to support every Soldier.

You may already know that the Triad of Care – Primary Care Manager (PCM), Nurse Case Manager (NCM) and Squad Leader (SL) – coordinates to ensure all members of the WTU team operate synergistically to benefit the Soldier.   Nurse Case Managers keep team members up to date on the Soldier’s medical status and physical profile.  Squad Leaders coach, teach, mentor and counsel Soldiers on their responsibilities while participating in a CER activity.  They also ensure Soldiers are at their places of duty and coordinate with their work site supervisor for assessments.

What you may not know is that in addition to the Triad of Care, each CER-eligible Soldier also works with an interdisciplinary team that includes a Transition Coordinator (TC), Occupational Therapist (OT), Medical Management (M2) and Career Counselor (CC).   They may also participate in as external support programs such as the Army Continuing Education System (ACES) and Operation Warfighter (OWF).  Interdisciplinary Team members work together and inform one another of important updates and changes to ensure Soldiers have the most productive and successful CER experiences possible:

-       Transition Coordinator (TC): ensures the Soldier’s career goals line up with the CTP and helps coordinate CER activities.

-       Occupational Therapist – Registered (OTR):  completes Phase I goal setting with the Soldier and provides life skills training and goal reassessment throughout the Soldiers’ stay at the WTU.

-       Medical Management (M2):  works to determine eligibility for CER activities along with the WTU Commander.

-       Career Counselor (CC): counsels Soldiers on the logistics of career changes.

Transition professionals at Warrior Transition Command talk about Soldiers experiencing the “fog of recovery”, or the emotional and psychological difficulties that may accompany physical injuries.  Soldiers assigned to WTUs are encouraged to develop and strive to meet career goals to ease the fog. This often includes returning to the work force either in a familiar or new work environment.  The CER program, with the support of the Interdisciplinary Team, helps Soldiers prepare and plan a career path that will put them on the right track for returning to, or creating, a new normal.

For more information on Career and Education Readiness, visit the Career Planning webpage and the “Meet the WTU Career and Education Readiness Team” fact sheet.

Did You Know? Career and Education Readiness (CER)

By Caitlin Morrison, WTC Communications Division

Did you know that Career and Education Readiness (CER) activities support wounded, ill and injured Soldiers’ transition processes, whether they remain in the Army or transition to Veteran status?  All Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) Soldiers set career goals as part of their Comprehensive Transition Plan (CTP).  Career and Education Readiness activities are designed to provide eligible Soldiers with the skills and knowledge they need to advance towards these career goals.

You may already know that Soldiers receive a Transition Coordinator (TC) during the in-processing stage.  You may also know that the TC is a key resource for Soldiers eligible to participate in CER activities. Transition Coordinators specialize in navigating career and education options based on the Soldier’s individual circumstances.

What you may not know is how many CER options are available to Soldiers. Career and Education Readiness activities may include internships, work site placements, training, professional certificates and education programs (including bachelor’s and master’s degree programs).  Soldiers who remain in the Army and choose to pursue a new Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) are directed towards specific internships and training courses that will best provide them the required skills and knowledge for their new MOS.  For those who expect to transition out of the Army, there are valuable work experiences and university courses that can set those Soldiers on the right path to achieve their post-transition career goals. The number of programs that the WTUs work with ensures that every Soldier finds a meaningful CER activity.

For more information on Career and Education Readiness, visit the Career Planning webpage and take a look at the Career and Education Readiness fact sheet.

Stay tuned for the next blog post on the Career and Education Readiness team members.

Did You Know? WTU Resilience and Performance Enhancement Training

By Caitlin Morrison, WTC Communications Division

Did you know that resilience and performance enhancement training is an important part of recovery and transition for all Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) Soldiers, their Families, Caregivers and Cadre?  Resilience training is a key component of the U.S. Army Ready and Resilient initiative, which defines resilience as the mental, physical, emotional and behavioral ability to face and cope with adversity, adapt to change, recover, and learn and grow from setbacks. Each WTU works closely with the Army-wide Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program (CSF2).  The program utilizes hands-on training and self-development tools to train Soldiers, Families and Cadre on twelve resilience and 6 performance enhancement skills:


  • Hunt the Good Stuff
  • Real-Time Resilience
  • Problem Solving
  • Put It In Perspective
  • Avoid Thinking Traps
  • Detect Icebergs
  • Activating Events – Thoughts – Consequences
  • Mental Games
  • Identify Strength in Self and Others
  • Strengths in Challenges
  • Active Constructive Responding and Effective Praise
  • Assertive Communication


  • Mental Skills Foundation
  • Goal Setting
  • Building Confidence
  • Attention Control
  • Integrating Imagery
  • Energy Management

You may already know that performance enhancement training is part of the Soldier’s Comprehensive Transition Plan (CTP) Phase II Goal Setting requirement.  You may have even already participated in the first round of resilience training during in-processing.  In fact, resilience training is required quarterly for every Soldier on post at a WTU.  For Soldiers who wish to participate in one-on-one mastery sessions or follow up on their progress, Master Resilience Trainer – Performance Experts (MRT-PEs) support each WTU.

What you may not know is that Families and Cadre are also encouraged to take resilience training.  It is important for Cadre to have personal resilience before they can support and mentor others. The Cadre Resilience Course (CRC) was created in 2012 as a precursor to the WTU Resident Course in San Antonio, Texas.  Over the course of FY 2013, more than 400 Cadre members were trained on personal resilience skills that they can incorporate into both their own lives and into mentorship interactions with the WTU Soldiers they support.

Families can also greatly benefit from resilience training.  While each WTU is unique in its involvement with Families, many advertise resilience training opportunities for Families through social media and the Family Readiness Group (FRG) email chain. Spouses are eligible to attend the MRT Courses.  CSF2 Training Centers also coordinate with the Soldiers and Family Assistance Center (SFAC) to provide quarterly workshops and other resources for Family members.

In addition to the mandatory quarterly training at the WTU, Soldiers and Families can opt to take digital scenario-based Comprehensive Resilience and Performance Modules (CRMs) after completing the CSF2 Global Assessment Tool (GAT). With more than 60 modules, such as social resilience and effective communication, Soldiers and Families can work toward strengthening themselves in many areas.

Goal setting is an important part of recovery and transition.  CSF2 staff lead the Phase II Goal Setting training for Soldiers. This training includes the development of mental skills, building confidence, attention control, energy management, goal setting, integrating imagery and a capstone exercise.

Resilient Soldiers, Families and Cadre are better equipped to overcome adversity, transition back to the force or onto civilian life and to leverage mental and emotional skills and behavior. This is why resilience training is especially important for wounded, ill and injured soldiers.  Check out the Resilience section of WTC’s new website to learn more about WTU resilience training

Launch of the New WTC Website

By Brig. Gen. David J. Bishop

The Warrior Transition Command (WTC) is excited to launch the new WTC website which will provide wounded, ill and injured Soldiers, Veterans, their Families, Caregivers and Cadre with increased access to information. Based on feedback directly from you, we launched a more user-friendly website with in-depth information on all aspects of the recovery and transition process. Being the proponent for wounded, ill and injured Soldiers means ensuring you can find accurate information easily, using today’s technology.

Visit the new, user-friendly website at To learn more, check out the public website redesign factsheet at this link. The new site provides in-depth information on many topics, including but not limited to:

You and your Family can access the website on any device, including smartphones, tablets and desktop computers. This way information is available to you whether you are healing at a Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) or at home. We relied on recovery and transition experts from WTC, WTUs and other elements of the U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) and the site will continue to grow to keep up to speed with the information you need.

I urge you to explore the new site and learn more. Your feedback is important in shaping how the website will grow and evolve to meet your needs. Send us an email at Stay tuned to our blog, Facebook page and Twitter page for more updates.


United Kingdom and Warrior Transition Command Focus on Similar Goals

By Emily D. Anderson, WTC Communications Division

Thomas Webb and Lt. Gen. Gregory

Lt. Gen. Andrew Gregory (left), United Kingdom Chief of Defence Personnel and Thomas D. Webb (right), Deputy to the Commander for the Warrior Transition Command, met to discuss ongoing effors to provide superior care and support to wounded, ill and injured Soldiers.

Wounded, ill and injured Soldiers prove on a daily basis that life continues after injury, and the Warrior Transition Command (WTC) continues to work hand-in-hand with allied counterparts to assist with this “new life” regardless of geographical location.

In an ongoing effort to provide superior care and support to wounded, ill and injured Soldiers, Lt. Gen. Andrew Gregory, United Kingdom Chief of Defence Personnel, met with several key leaders of WTC to discuss current practices.

“Our commitment to our service members doesn’t end in theater,” said Thomas D. Webb, Deputy to the Commander for the Warrior Transition Command (WTC). “Coalition partners serve alongside us in threat, so it’s a natural extension.”

“Some of their service members go through some of the same experiences as our wounded, ill and injured,” Webb added. “It only makes sense to compare the similarities and differences of these two countries’ programs to learn some best practices.”

Gregory is the principal adviser to the UK Secretary of State for Defence, Ministers and the Defence Board on personnel and training policy.

One of Gregory’s  main responsibilities include creating policy to allow transition of service personnel to civilian life and for ensuring Veterans’ care is delivered appropriately by wider government, including to the wounded, ill and injured..

“The volume of our wounded, ill and injured population is different, but the challenges are the same,” said Gregory. “The challenge is encouraging wounded, ill and injured Soldiers to be independent rather than dependent.”

During the meeting, Gregory reiterated the importance of gaining the trust of those who serve and ensuring they are supported.

Although this is not a new meeting between the two countries in relation to warrior care and transition, WTC leadership capitalized on the importance of learning best practices and lessons from each other.

“In order to be effective, we have to develop and nurture relationships with our partners to leverage the successes they have had,” said Webb. “Wounded, ill and injured service members can take solace in the idea that we are leveraging all resources to provide superior care that will help our population successfully return to military service or transition into the civilian workforce.”

Gregory also noted the similarities in the two programs and how both programs are essential to ensuring both population’s wounded, ill and injured are receiving top-notch care.

“From my perspective, it behooves us to take from each other to continue our efforts to make sure we set our populations up for success as they continue their journey,” Gregory said.

For more information on how WTC continues to support Soldiers who become wounded, ill and injured prepare for the next step in their careers, whether they’re returning to the force or transitioning to civilian life, visit

Army Chaplain’s Faith Strengthened Through Working with Wounded Soldiers

By Chaplain (MAJ) B. Vaughn Bridges, Warrior Transition Brigade Chaplain, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Guest Blogger*

CH Bridges Praying

CH (Maj.) B. Vaughn Bridges, WRNMMC, prays with Soldiers and their Families during a Navy Lodge dinner. (Photo courtesy of CH (Maj.) B Vaughn Bridges)

In October 2013, I began serving as the Warrior Transition Brigade (WTB) Chaplain at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, Maryland.  Shortly after my arrival at the WTB, I had the privilege of meeting with WTB Soldiers and their Families at our monthly evening meal in the Navy Lodge.  This setting provides many ministry opportunities for military personnel who have been wounded in combat, injured and those with illnesses and other medical concerns.

Every day presents its own unique challenges and opportunities for ministry.  As one example, a Soldier and her mother requested to speak with me when I arrived in my new position as WTB chaplain.  They just wanted to come by to say hello and have a discussion about spiritual matters, just like they had done with the former WTB Chaplain.  The Soldier explained to me that when she first received the news from the doctor that her condition was incurable, she put her trust in God to help her cope with such a hopeless prognosis.  She also recalled her own experience with despair when the doctors said there was nothing else they could do.  As I reflected on our conversation, I was astonished with the Soldier’s faith and acceptance and her ability to reflect, having the personal awareness to articulate her thoughts and feelings as she embraced this difficult challenge in her life.

This Soldier, knowing that she might not be healed, experienced a crisis of faith.  She chose to have hope in God.  During our conversation, I was reminded of the words of the late great preacher and theologian James S. Stewart from Scotland.  Stewart wrote, “Let us consider the most inescapable ‘Either/Or’ of life; either despair – or faith.  Either blank, unrelieved pessimism, or a gambler’s throw with your soul.  Either darkness and futility and ultimate night, or the vision of God standing within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.”

Ministry with wounded, ill and injured warriors provides us with many teachable moments.  My own faith increases and is strengthened when I meet people like this Soldier who choose to embrace life’s struggles with such courage and resilience.  As the WTB chaplain, I seek to offer hope as I build and nurture relationships with these warriors by listening to their story.


*Note: The expressed comments and views of guest bloggers do not reflect the views of WTC or the United States Army.

Army Impresses at Joint Services Sitting Volleyball Tournament

By Emily D. Anderson, WTC Communications Division

SVB Team

Army’s Sitting Volleyball athletes listen to the National Anthem before the start of the third annual sitting volleyball tournament held at the Pentagon on November 21. (Photo LuAnn Georgia, WTC Communications Division)

Exciting, fast-paced and inspirational were a few words used to describe the Third Annual Joint Services Sitting Volleyball Tournament hosted by the Office of Warrior Care Policy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.

“This event is a big deal, and I am happy and nervous to be an Army representative and looked forward to the level of competition,” said Sgt. 1st Class David Hall, assigned to the Warrior Transition Brigade, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

“For a while I didn’t know what activities were out there that I could do,” Hall explained. “I think sitting volleyball is a great sport that puts everyone, regardless of injury, on an even level.”

The annual event consisted of Service members and Veterans from every branch of the military and the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) competing against each in an adaptive reconditioning event that highlights the importance of remaining active after injury and illness.

“I think the event went pretty good, and we were definitely holding our own against the other teams,” Hall added. “The coach was great, and I would compete again.”

J.D. Malone, the Army’s sitting volleyball coach, had nothing but good things to say about the team and Hall’s performance during the tournament. “I’m pretty amazed that they came together so fast, and Hall was a team player who would take what was asked of him and go back to the net and execute it.”

“In two days, the athletes learned to aggressively play at the net, and they were able to serve with accuracy,” said Malone. “At one point, I could call a zone on the court, and the athletes were serving to that area.”

SVB team in action

Soldiers assigned to Warrior Transition Units prepare to block a serve by a member of the Special Operations Command’s team at the third annual sitting volleyball tournament held at the Pentagon on November 21. (Photo LuAnn Georgia, WTC Communications Division)

For the past two years, Army secured a spot in the final rounds, but this year the Army’s team competed for third place against the SOCOM’s team.

“Sitting volleyball is pretty interesting especially if you’re not extremely mobile.” said Hall. “It lets you still play outside the normal perimeters and try something new.”

Hall said he was happy to be a part of a team and still experience activities despite his injuries. “I’ve always been pretty athletic and into sports, so with limited ability I thought I would be more of a watcher instead of a doer, but I realize that’s not true,” he said.

To watch a recap of the action, visit DVIDS and to learn more about adaptive reconditioning benefits and programs visit the WTC website.

Did You Know? Transition Coordinators

By Amanda Koons, WTC Communications Division

Did you know that Transition Coordinators (TC) assist eligible Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) Soldiers with career and education goals according to their selected career path?

You may already know a lot about the interdisciplinary team that works together to help wounded, ill and injured Soldiers focus on their recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration. Cadre members provide support and guidance to Soldiers and their Families in developing the Comprehensive Transition Plan (CTP) and play a positive and active role throughout the Soldier’s transition plan. You can learn more about the Cadre on the Cadre Roles and Responsibilities section of the WTC website.

What you may not know is that there is one individual who serves as the Program Manager for Career and Education Readiness (CER): the Transition Coordinator (TC). The TC assists WTU Soldiers with Career and Education Readiness (CER) activities according to the Soldier’s career and education goals. CER activities may include internships, worksite placements, training, professional certificates and education programs (including bachelor’s and master’s degree programs).  Whether the Soldier goes back to duty or into their civilian communities, the TC focuses on the next step in the Soldier’s career. TCs specialize in navigating career and education options based on the Soldier’s individual circumstances.

TCs are available by walk-in or by appointment. If you are unsure who your TC is, check with your Squad Leader. While not all units currently have a full-time TC, but all units have someone acting in the TC role, with designated TC responsibilities. There are currently 37 TCs across the country, including 17 full-time TCs at WTU brigades or battalions and 20 part-time TCs at Community Based Warrior Transition Units (CBWTUs).

Interested in an internship that can bolster your résumé and help you gain valuable skills? Maybe you would like to first return to school to earn a degree in a new field? Or maybe you would prefer to take a training course or gain a certificate to explore a new career? Your Transition Coordinator can help you get started in any of these next steps for your career and education.

U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) Veterans have similar transition resources available. The AW2 Career and Education Section provides direct resume referral to a network of employers with an expedited hiring process for severely wounded, ill and injured Veterans.  They also educate employers about reasonable accommodations. Contact your AW2 Advocate to discuss your personal situation and career goals.

“Did You Know?” Series

Using your feedback, the WTC Communications Division identified five topics where wounded, ill and injured Soldiers, Families and Cadre want additional information, particularly around Warrior Care and Transition Program (WCTP) resources, benefits and policies that impact their recovery and transition. We’ll post one blog per week on these five topics throughout our “Did You Know?” blog series during Warrior Care Month:

1)   Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL)

2)   Community Support Network

3)   Internships

4)   Adaptive Reconditioning

5)   Transition Coordinators

Is there another topic you want us to cover in the future? Want to share your Career and Education Readiness (CER) story? Post a comment here or email us at


Wounded Soldier Uses Adaptive Reconditioning to Assist Others As He Continues to Serve

By WTC Communications Division

Pascascio Archery

After significant injuries in Iraq, Staff Sgt. Giovanni Pascascio discovered how much more he can still offer the Army while recovering at a WTU.

Army Staff Sgt. Giovanni Pascascio will always remember July 8, 2007. “You kinda remember the day you got blown up.”

During his second deployment to Iraq, a truck full of explosives detonated near his squad’s convoy. Pascascio sustained second and third degree burns over 30 percent of his body, shrapnel wounds to his body and inhalation injuries from the fire.

Pascascio and eleven other Soldiers will compete in the Third Annual Joint Services Warrior Care Month Sitting Volleyball Tournament hosted by the Office of Warrior Care Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense. Athletes will represent the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Command and Department of Veterans Affairs.

“No matter if the Army wins or loses, it is about everyone coming together as a team, competing and celebrating. But I am rooting for the Army all the way,” he said. “I hope Army wins.”

“Sitting volleyball is completely different than regular volleyball. It doesn’t look hard, but when you get out there to play it’s a different story. “You have to use your core a lot and it helps with stability and balance.”

Nearly a month and a half after his injury, he woke up at Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

At the Warrior Transition Battalion, Pascascio developed a personalized Comprehensive Transition Plan with short- and long-term goals across six domains of life: physical, social, spiritual, emotional, Family, and career. His journey in meeting his goals included adaptive reconditioning programs, including archery and sitting volleyball. He credits both sports with helping him recover mentally and physically.

“The command at the WTB encouraged me to explore new things,” said Pascascio. “Learning to play sitting volleyball was another challenge that I faced head on.”

After a Physical Evaluation Board found him physically unfit for duty, Pascascio applied for Continuation on Active Duty (COAD) status, a program that allows soldiers meeting certain criteria to continue serving.

He was assigned to the 7th Army Noncommissioned Officer Academy in Grafenwoehr, Germany to develop plans for accommodating wounded, ill and injured soldiers at the academy. He mentored many of them, relying heavily on his own recovery experience.

“I know what they’ve been through, and I was able to say I’ve been there. I’ve done that. These guys may not be able to do everything physically, but they can accomplish a lot.” Pascascio said.

Pascascio currently serves at the Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2), supporting the Army’s most severely wounded, ill and injured Soldiers, Veterans and their Families.

“He serves as the AW2 Advocate Support Branch (ASB) Operations noncommissioned officer in charge and provides additional insight into the Soldiers and Veterans in this program because at one time he was going through this process,” explained Venus Bradley, AW2 ASB Division Chief and Pascascio’s supervisor. “He has been a great contributor and an asset to our team.”

“Pascascio epitomizes what a Soldier and a noncommissioned officer is, and we are fortunate to have him on our team,” said Bradley. “We look forward to supporting him during the tournament in the same way he has and continues to support our severely wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and Veterans.”

Watch the joint services sitting volleyball tournament at, and to learn more about Warrior Transition Units or COAD, visit

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