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Category: Madigan Army Medical Center

March
1st

Update: Forced budget cuts already impacting training at JBLM; DOD civilians preparing for pay cuts

4:30 p.m. update: Tightening constraints on federal spending are already taking a bite out of military training exercises for Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers, the base’s senior Army officer said today.

The Army has cancelled two rotations for Lewis-McChord soldiers to the National Training Center, a southern California base where units demonstrate that they are ready for deployments, Lt. Gen. Robert Brown said.

Brown said the Army also is scaling back its use of the Yakima Training Center in central Washington. That high desert expanse is prime training territory for the Army because units can fire heavy weapons with fewer considerations

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Feb.
28th

Army endorses once-suspended Madigan leader with extended command assignment

The Army is giving Col. Dallas Homas an extra five months to command Madigan Army Medical Center, extending an assignment that was interrupted last year by an investigation into misdiagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder at the hospital.

Homas will remain at the hospital through the end of the summer, the Army announced this week. He took command in March 2011 and assignments leading the hospital typically last two years.

“This is wonderful news for Madigan Army Medical Center and all its beneficiaries,” said Maj. Gen. Richard Thomas, Homas’ commander at the Army’s Western Regional Medical Command. “Col. Homas is a

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Feb.
7th

Madigan PTSD investigations remain in the dark as Army denies FOIA requests and Army Secretary declines to detail results

Secretary of the Army John McHugh’s visit to Joint Base Lewis-McChord left many reporters with more questions than answers about the Army’s efforts to improve its behavioral health services.

His press conference generated frustration among reporters who left without knowing what to produce. I had a front page space to fill, and I chose to highlight a resiliency program he announced even though it was unclear to me how it was different from similar efforts I have covered.

Keith Eldridge from KOMO produced a story that essentially said the Secretary of the Army came to

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Feb.
1st

Secretary of the Army coming to JBLM to announce results of behavioral health investigation

Secretary of the Army John McHugh plans to visit Joint Base Lewis-McChord Monday to announce the results of a service-wide investigation into behavioral health programs and to meet with Stryker soldiers recently home from Afghanistan.

McHugh last visited Lewis-McChord in April when he announced that the Army would create a new division headquarters at the base to provide better oversight of its main combat brigades.

That headquarters, the 7th Infantry Division, opened in October under Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza. It  is hosting McHugh’s visit next week and it now supervises more than 17,000 soldiers in five Army brigades.

Patient complaints

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Oct.
18th

Sen. Murray nudges Panetta to speed up Pentagon review of PTSD diagnoses

Sen. Patty Murray today nudged Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to provide more information about what resulted from his call for a military-wide review of post-traumatic stress diagnoses.

Panetta called for that review in the wake of a controversy last winter at Madigan Army Medical Center in which veterans complained that a forensic psychiatry team at the hospital changed their post-traumatic stress diagnoses in such a way that soldiers received fewer disability benefits. Some veterans feared the hospital was changing diagnoses to save money.

The Army has since reviewed hundreds of cases of soldiers who passed through Madigan, revising some diagnoses to post-traumatic

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June
21st

Retiring JBLM general served all over the world, led I Corps in tough year at home

The deputy commander of Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s I Corps is retiring tomorrow, ending a 32-year Army career in which he led an infantry brigade in Iraq, served as a representative for North Korean nuclear negotiations and worked with Egyptian armed forces.

Maj. Gen. Lloyd Miles spent the last two years of his Army life at Lewis-McChord, where he oversaw brigades training for combat missions in Afghanistan and served as Lewis-McChord’s senior Army officer during the yearlong deployment of Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti.

In Scaparrotti’s absence, Miles managed a challenging year for the I Corps at home. Lewis-McChord saw

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June
13th

Defense secretary again expands review in military PTSD diagnoses

The Defense Department on Wednesday announced that it again would expand its review of post-traumatic stress diagnoses dating back to the start of the war in Afghanistan.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta today said the review would include all branches of the armed forces. Previously, the review was to focus only on the Army.

Panetta’s announcement is the latest investigation into PTSD diagnoses since the Office of the Surgeon General began investigating a team of forensic psychiatrists at Madigan Army Medical Center that sometimes changed behavioral health diagnoses among soldiers who were seeking medical retirements. Some of those soldiers

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March
21st

Army announces 15 soldiers have been notified of PTSD re-evaluations

The Army announced today that it has notified 15 soldiers of their results for behavioral health diagnoses conducted as part of an investigation into whether Madigan Army Medical Center’s forensic psychiatry unit changed post-traumatic stress disorder diagnoses.

In January, the Army opened an investigation into the Madigan evaluation team following complaints that it adjusted diagnoses in such a way that soldiers did not receive full disability benefits for PTSD. The Army is conducting at least three investigations into Madigan’s PTSD diagnoses.

Of the 1,500 soldiers who have been diagnosed at Madigan since 2007, 285 were invited to be re-evaluated. A

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