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Warrior Transition Program Moves To Support Sailors
By U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs
NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain -- The Warrior Transition Program (WTP) is moving its operations from Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, to Sembach Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
This change is being made to better serve Sailors who are completing their individual augmentee (IA) assignments in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq.
WTP is a five-day program where Sailors attend redeployment workshops, decompress, turn in gear and weapons, and meet with staff chaplains and nurses to discuss their 'down-range' experience and redeployment following their IA assignment.
“Shifting WTP from Kuwait to Germany will provide a clear break from the operational mission, helping Sailors reintegrate back to the Navy and their families,” said Navy Capt. Ron Greiff, officer-in-charge of WTP in Kuwait.
Contractors are in the final stages of refurbishing the Navy’s WTP facilities at Sembach, signaling an end to the dusty tents and trailers in Kuwait. The new facilities include barracks rooms with shared bathroom facilities, a computer lab, gaming and exercise rooms, and a media room that will also serve as a movie theater.
With the completion of operational missions in Iraq, the Navy considered options on how to best support the reintegration of IA’s returning from assignments throughout the region.
“The transportation hub at Ramstein Air Force Base and the available resources in the Kaiserslautern Military Community in Germany provided a logical place to transfer the WTP mission due to its location and available infrastructure,” said Rear Adm. Kevin Scott, commander of Task-Force IA. “We look forward to working with our sister services in the future to continue to meet the needs and requirements of our returning warriors.”
Additional services on base include a refurbished gym, bowling alley, and several food vendors. Sailors will also have access to a dining facility that overlooks the picturesque German countryside.
“The overwhelming care and concern the Navy has for the health and welfare of its Sailors coming off extended arduous IA duty is evident in the attention and top-notch facilities they have provided via this Warrior Transition Program move,” said Cmdr. Larry Henke, director of WTP.
WTP is scheduled to host its first class of returning Sailors in Germany in mid-December.
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