The Warrior Transition Battalion on JBER Inactivates

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by Whitney LB Miller

ANCHORAGE - Cuts are expected to grow as the Army continues to restructure its forces in Alaska.
Friday troops gathered on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson for a special inactivation ceremony; a chance to say goodbye to the Warrior Transition Battalion and its commanders.

The battalion opened its doors in 2008 and since then has supported nearly 900 wounded, ill and injured soldiers that have either returned to duty or transitioned to civilian life.

"This unit is important because it gives us the opportunity to prepare ourselves for duty or the civilian world," said Sgt. Jamaar Watkins.

Officials say the battalion is inactivating and losing their mid-level command due to force restructuring.

Company commander Capt. Scott Harold says "Its bittersweet its just like everything else we have going on today in the federal government...a lot of changes and hopefully for the better."

According to Harold there has been a draw down in the number of wounded and injured soldiers, and although that's positive news it means there is no longer a need for certain levels of command.

Harold doesn't believe the changes will effect the work the battalion does.

Although the battalion will be inactivating there will remain two companies that will continue the mission of caring for wounded soldiers.