Friday, November 23, 2007

Welcome Home Warrior-Citizen Award program set

Photos by Sgt. 1st Class Roger Mommaerts Jr., WTB

Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Warriors in Transition, staff members, and Families wave to the nation from WRAMC’s Wagner Sports Center during Faith Hill’s live performance on Monday’s NBC Today Show. The show also featured servicemembers in Iraq.
The 2290th U. S. Army Hospital, an Army Reserve Unit based at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, will conduct a Welcome Home Warrior ˝ Citizen Award Recognition Program honoring its Soldiers who have been mobilized in support of the Global War on Terror.

The ceremony will be Dec. 1 at Walter Reed and Brig. Gen. Stanley Flemming, commanding general, 8th Medical Brigade will be the presenter and honored guest.

To honor Warrior-Citizens, the United States Congress, along with the President of the United States, instituted this recognition program specifically for the Army Reserve Soldier. The Welcome Home Warrior-Citizen Award Program provides an appropriate and enduring memento to Soldiers and their Families.

Through the program, the Army conveys in a way our NationÝs gratitude to Army Reserve Soldiers for their selfless service and sacrifice in support of the Global War on Terror. More than 375 Army Reserve Soldiers from the 2290th USAH are eligible for this award. Eventually, all Army Reserve Soldiers who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and/or Operation Enduring Freedom will receive the award.

The award consists of an encased American flag, a specially-designed commemorative coin, a lapel pin set for the Soldier and spouse, and a Welcome Home Warrior-Citizen flag. (2290th USAH)