There was a recent Washington Post story about Walter Reed Army Hospital that caused a stir. I never blogged about it, mostly because I had little new to add to what other bloggers were saying.
Here is some more news about Walter Reed. From The Army Times-
Soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Medical Hold Unit say they have been told they will wake up at 6 a.m. every morning and have their rooms ready for inspection at 7 a.m., and that they must not speak to the media.Is this the people working at Reed who will undergo inspection or those convalescing there. Treating our wounded soldiers as if they're in boot camp is not called for. As to the media, it looks like the army is doing damage control Tasmanian Devil style. Making things worse than they are now. What is wrong with The Discovery Channel? If the Army Times has the story, how long before congress and or the bigger outlets hear about this? Not long. I just wish I knew who to give the Knucklehead award to.
“Some soldiers believe this is a form of punishment for the trouble soldiers caused by talking to the media,” one Medical Hold Unit soldier said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
It is unusual for soldiers to have daily inspections after Basic Training.
Soldiers say their sergeant major gathered troops at 6 p.m. Monday to tell them they must follow their chain of command when asking for help with their medical evaluation paperwork, or when they spot mold, mice or other problems in their quarters.
They were also told they would be moving out of Building 18 to Building 14 within the next couple of weeks. Building 14 is a barracks that houses the administrative offices for the Medical Hold Unit and was renovated in 2006. It’s also located on the Walter Reed Campus, where reporters must be escorted by public affairs personnel. Building 18 is located just off campus and is easy to access.
The soldiers said they were also told their first sergeant has been relieved of duty, and that all of their platoon sergeants have been moved to other positions at Walter Reed. And 120 permanent-duty soldiers are expected to arrive by mid-March to take control of the Medical Hold Unit, the soldiers said.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Army public affairs did not respond to a request sent Sunday evening to verify the personnel changes.
The Pentagon also clamped down on media coverage of any and all Defense Department medical facilities, to include suspending planned projects by CNN and the Discovery Channel, saying in an e-mail to spokespeople: “It will be in most cases not appropriate to engage the media while this review takes place,” referring to an investigation of the problems at Walter Reed.
Maybe I should give the award to the Army Chief of Staff. Is Knucklehead Schoomaker still in charge?
Update- The Army Times is owned by Gannet newspapers. So much for the MSM not having the story.....
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