Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey, Jr. is scheduled to award the Purple Heart to a 5th Stryker Brigade soldier during a visit to Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Friday.
The soldier, a member of the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, was injured by an improvised explosive devise in Afghanistan, according to a news release. The soldier was not identified.
Also during his visit, Casey is scheduled to visit future Army leaders at Operation Warrior Forge, meet with medical providers and wounded personnel at the Warrior Transition Battalion, and speak with senior I Corps leaders, the news release said.
Here’s a copy of the release, tailored for media.
Media availability with Chief of Staff of the Army
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. – The Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. George W. Casey, Jr. visits Joint Base Lewis McChord on Friday, June 11. Media are invited at 4:45 p.m. to watch Gen. Casey award the Purple Heart to a Soldier who was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device in Afghanistan while serving with 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Following the presentation, Gen. Casey will take questions from media on any topic within his purview. To learn more about Gen. Casey please go to this link: http://www.army.mil/leaders/csa/
During Gen. Casey’s visit to JBLM, he will visit cadre and future Army leaders at Operation Warrior Forge, spend time with providers and wounded warriors at the Warrior Transition Battalion and meet with senior I Corps leaders.
The Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as Operation Warrior Forge, is U.S. Army Cadet Command’s capstone training event. The purpose of the course is to train U.S. Army ROTC cadets to Army standards, to develop their leadership, and to evaluate their officer potential. Army ROTC cadets must successfully complete LDAC before they can be commissioned as Army officersThis summer, 14 regiments will take part in the course — with nearly 500 cadets in each regiment. JBLM is the only location where this event occurs.
The Warrior Transition Battalion provides medical care, advocacy, and leadership to Soldiers who are wounded, ill, or injured in an effort to transition them back to duty or into civilian life. They care for Soldiers from all components of the Army— active-duty, guard, and reserve. They have about 440 Warriors in the JBLM WTB and about 240 with a Community-Based Warrior Transition Unit (CBWTU), with more than 225 staff members supporting them.