The Warrior Care and Transition Program Award for Excellence is given to cadre members in Warrior Transition Battalions yearly to those who have done an exceptional service by taking care of Soldiers assigned to a WTB and their Families during a time of uncertainty in their health and career.
Sgt. 1st Class Ashley King, Community Care Unit platoon sergeant and North Carolina native, was the recipient chosen by Regional Health Command – Atlantic (Provisional) for 2017 to 2018.
“This job taught me so much more than leadership styles,” said King. “It taught me to cherish life. At any given moment, it can be taken away from you.
To me this award means that I’m being acknowledged for understanding who my Soldiers are what they are going through.”
King expressed multiple encounters she has had during her tenure involving Soldiers being terminally ill, paralyzed or having an accident in theater.
“I hug my kids a little tighter when I see them,” said King, teary-eyed. “We’ve lost Soldiers, too. People may not realize the emotional roller coaster that occurs when caring for our WTB Soldiers and the emotional intelligence a person needs to execute this type of position with care.”
The Fort Bragg WTB cares for their Soldiers by making sure they have the tools necessary to return to duty or to transition out of the Army.
In some cases, those that transition out start their own businesses, complete college or find a job that accepts any accommodations they may need.
King was adamant about giving recognition to her squad leaders and the work they do saying their contributions allow her to fulfill her duty requirements.
“I am grateful for being recognized for this award,” said King. “My squad leaders should be recognized. Without them doing their jobs day in and day out, I would not be able to do my job.
“Our main mission is to support. I try to put myself in their shoes and walk beside them,” King said. “When Families know that you have the support of the Army right there, it makes a difference. When they look back on this point in their life, they can say, ‘The WTB was there for me and my Family.’”
King will soon leave the Fort Bragg WTB and has been assigned to Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. to work in operations.