The Army tapped a veteran helicopter pilot from Oregon with deep experience in medical evacuations to be the newest leader of a unit that cares for ill and injured soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Lt. Col. Jeffery Mosso is the fourth commanding officer of the base’s Warrior Transition Battalion, a unit created in 2007 to care for troops in a vulnerable period in their careers when they could either leave the service or return to duty.
Mosso’s commander, Col. Dallas Homas, said the job has a “noble mission.”
“For many of your soldiers, you will help carry them through one of the most crisis-ridden periods of their lives,” Homas, the commander of Madigan Army Medical Center, said in remarks at a ceremony Friday marking Mosso’s new command.
The Warrior Transition Battalion cultivates relationships with many community organizations to help soldiers heal, land civilian jobs or find opportunities for recreation. Representatives from some of those partnerships attended Masso’s ceremony.
It’s also represents a high-profile assignment that attracts fairly frequent scrutiny from outside organizations, especially when soldiers in the battalion feel they are receiving substandard care. The medical retirement process can be lengthy, which adds stress to soldiers who are unclear about their futures in the Army.
The battalion has about 800 soldiers. About 500 of them are stationed at Lewis-McChord. The rest are in California or receiving care through remote clinics.
In 2011, the WTB received a new $53 million barracks complex. It recently moved into a new headquarters as well.
Puget Sound lawmakers pushed for those improvement in response to allegations of mistreated wounded service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Mosso succeeds Lt. Col. Jason Wing, who managed the battalion over the past two years during its move to its improved facilities. Wing is expected to continue his service as a Reserve officer at Madigan.
Mosso has served at Lewis-McChord off and on since he joined the Army in 1993. He most recently served at the Western Regional Medical Command. He also has been assigned to Lewis-McChord’s 85th Medical Battalion, the 54th Medical Company and the 62nd Medical Brigade. He has deployed to Afghanistan, Kuwai and Saudi Arabia.