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Category: Warrior Transition Battalion


Madigan furlough schedule closing medical services on different days of the week

“Friday furloughs” are the norm at Joint Base Lewis-McChord this summer, but the calendar is more complicated for the 120,000 people who rely on Madigan Army Medical Center for care.

The hospital plans to carry out its Pentagon-mandated furloughs of civilian employees on different days of the week, shutting certain services on the days they experience the least demand.

Some services will remain open around the clock and all week. They include the hospital’s emergency room and labor and delivery services.

The offices that will close or experience reduced services between Monday, July 8 and Monday, Sept. 30 are:

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    Injured JBLM soldier wins two medals at Warrior Games

    An injured soldier from Castle Rock met one of his last goals as he prepares to leave the Army when he cleaned up at the Warrior Games this month, earning two medals in the annual athletic competition for veterans.

    Sgt. Josh Andrew, 26, won a gold medal for the shot put and a silver for his discus throw.

    He’s assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Warrior Transition Battalion, where he is receiving treatment for repeated knee injuries he sustained on deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as for concussions he suffered from explosions in combat.

    Andrew plans to

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    Army releases investigation into Madigan PTSD complaints. Read excerpts and full report here

    A 100-page Army investigation into patient complaints at MadiganArmyMedicalCenter reveals a hospital under siege a year ago, where “tearful” discussions about doctors allegedly misdiagnosing post-traumatic stress disorder took place under the scrutiny of Congress and the Pentagon.

    It concludes in part the hospital commander who temporarily lost his job because of the investigation never meddled with PTSD diagnoses, and that the whistleblowers who drew attention to the hospital were misinformed in their criticism.

    The report emphatically backs Madigan commander Col. Dallas Homas, and supports the way the hospital carried out forensic psychiatric evaluations before its doctors were accused of “reversing”

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    Keep wounded JBLM soldiers in your thoughts and follow these stories of recovery


    On Sunday we published this feature on 1st Sgt. Mike Leonard’s long road to recovery since he lost a leg an Afghanistan almost three years ago while serving with a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigade.

    I wanted to talk to him because he’s years into his rehabilitation, and I felt he could teach us about what challenges lay ahead for families of recently wounded Lewis-McChord soldiers coming home from last year’s major deployments. As his wife says, learning to live with prosthetic limbs can feel like “two steps forward, three steps back.”

    Several of the younger

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    Wounded Air Force EOD technician from JBLM competing in military Warrior Games this week

    Two weeks ago, we wrote about a pair of Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers who were heading to Colorado to participate in this year’s Warrior Games for wounded and ill service members. It turns the base south of Tacoma sent at least one airman, too.

    He’s Technical Sgt. Keith Sekora of the 446th Reserve Airlift Wing, an explosive ordnance disposal technician was wounded by shrapnel during a deployment to Afghanistan two years ago. Air Force writer Master Sgt. Jake Chappelle reported that Sekora “suffered a series of four strokes and was left with post-traumatic stress disorder, memory

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    Horoho’s testimony shows scope of Army PTSD investigations at Madigan

    Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho this week told lawmakers in a House Appropriations subcommittee that the Army is investigating the ombudsman program that drew attention to a Madigan Army Medical Center forensic psychiatry unit that sometimes adjusted behavioral health diagnoses in such a way that soldiers did not receive full disability benefits for post-traumatic stress.

    These are the other known investigations into the Madigan team:

    * An Army Medical Command inquiry into the Madigan forensic unit that is checking cases that were screened by Madigan forensic psychiatrists since 2007. Horoho said the Army identified about 1,600 cases that

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    Rumsfeld looking back as he visits Lewis-McChord this week

    Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is visiting Joint Base Lewis-McChord Friday to meet with service members and promote his memoir, Known and Unknown.

     It’s Rumsfeld’s first trip to the base south of Tacoma since 2002, when he checked out burgeoning Stryker brigades as they readied for the first combat missions overseas. At the time, the eight-wheeled machines that are now Lewis-McChord’s signature fighting vehicles faced an uncertain future as a still-new weapon.

    This time, Rumsfeld says he’s looking forward to seeing soldiers and airmen he met on past travels.

    “One of the

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    Changes at the top for Lewis-McChord Air Force and medical units

    Summer will bring a few new commanders to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates today announced that the top medical officer stationed at the base would move on to the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Maj. Gen. Philip Volpe currently leads the Western Region Army Medical Command, which oversees Army hospitals in 20 states. Its headquarters is at Lewis-McChord. Volpe has been stationed there since late 2009.

    Volpe is to be succeeded by Brig. Gen. Richard W. Thomas, the Army’s assistant surgeon general for force projection. Thomas has served

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