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Posted: November 9, 2017 3:30 p.m.
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WTB recognized with Warrior Care, Transition Program Cadre Award for excellence

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From left to right, Janet Wagner, certified occupational therapy assistant, Crystal Irving, comprehensive transition plan management analyst, Warrior Transition Battalion, and Sergeant 1st Class Jason Schiller who recently moved from the WTB currently serves with the Georgia Army National Guard were recognized by Regional Health Command – Atlantic with the Warrior Care and Transition Program Cadre Award for Excellence.

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One Soldier and two Civilians from Fort Stewart’s Warrior Transition Battalion have been recognized by Regional Health Command – Atlantic with the Warrior Care and Transition Program Cadre Award for Excellence. Sergeant 1st Class Jason Schiller, who recently moved from the WTB currently serves with the Georgia Army National Guard, Janet Wagner, certified occupational therapy assistant, WTB, and Crystal Irving WTB comprehensive transition plan management analyst were all recognized with the award.

“At the Warrior Transition Battalion, our military and civilian cadre provide quality work for our Soldiers in transition on a routine basis,” WTB Commander Lt. Col. Michael Hicks said. “It is important for them to be recognized for that quality work. I’m so happy the Regional Health Command Atlantic is taking the time to recognize three of our military and civilian cadre for the quality work they do every day.”

For the recipients, the award means they are accomplishing their vital mission of helping Soldiers in transition reach their individual goals, whether that includes returning to active duty or transitioning out of the military.

“Soldiers literally get out there and give their lives for this country,” Irving said. “In doing so, many times they get injured, they get wounded, things do happen that cause them to have to come to take a break from the usual mission of the Army in order to just come in and heal.”

Leadership, commitment to the Army Values, personal traits reflective of the Warrior Ethos, customer service qualities and results above and beyond expectations were some of the factors considered when evaluating the three recipients for their individual awards.

In his time as a squad leader, Schiller made it his mission to provide the Soldiers in transition a leader, mentor, and NCO they could respect. Being recognized for the award reaffirmed his commitment to his Soldiers.

“My job as an Non-Commissioned Officer is to take care of Soldiers,”Schiller said. “If you’re not taking care of Soldiers, you’re not doing your job as an NCO. My focus was setting Soldiers up for success.”

Wagner addresses any physical or medical problems that interfere with activities of daily living, work, leisure, and education for Soldiers in transition providing a fixed point for wounded Soldiers.

“I think we’re the point of reference,” Wagner said.  “We’re able to finally sit with a Soldier and really see [what] they want, and we’re able to explain things maybe at a level that is more understanding, and we can get resources in place to help them see where they need more information, and it’s more personal.

Since achieving the award for excellence, the recipients will go on to compete at national level.


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