By Amanda Kim Stairrett

Fort Hood Herald

Lt. Col. George J. Salerno handed command of the Warrior Transition Brigade over to Col. William R. Salter during a Monday ceremony at Fort Hood.

Salerno came to the brigade 10 months ago to make a difference in the lives of soldiers, he said in remarks to the crowd.

"In an environment like the (Warrior Transition Brigade), the end results are difficult to see," he said. "With most Army units, the unit is focuses on one mission, one goal, one end state. The (Warrior Transition Brigade) is not really like that."

Leaders facilitated the healing and transition of soldiers, each with their own unique set of goals, Salerno said.

"Most of the time we don't see the end state," he went on to say. "It is my hope that we, the brigade, have successfully helped each of these soldiers accomplish their mission."

The Warrior Transition Unit was activated at Fort Hood June 2007. The Warrior Transition Brigade was activated August 2008, according to information from the unit.

The brigade's mission is to provide command and control for each soldier who has suffered injury or illness while serving, and ensures soldiers receive the appropriate medical care and administrative support so they can fully return to duty at their unit, re-class into another military occupation or return to their communities and families as honored veterans with dignity and respect, according to information from the unit.

Since its activation, the unit has served more than 1,500 soldiers. The creation of the brigade is a testament to the post leadership's commitment to help soldiers return to the force or transition to civilian life, Salter said.

"Few command opportunities in the military provide an individual with the ability to make such a dramatic impact on the care and treatment of our most important resource - our warriors," he said. "This will be a tough job and I am thankful for our command is blessed to be here in Central Texas and at Fort Hood where we have the very best medical facilities and care providers in the country, the most generous and giving community supporters and private organizations."

Among his assignments, Salerno has served as inspector for III Corps' inspector general operations in Iraq.

He and his wife, Mary, have one child, Cooper. Salerno is set to retire from the Army and reside in Fort Worth.

Among his assignments, Salter has led the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment to Iraq. He served as the 4th Infantry Division's assistant chief of staff for operations and deployed with the division to Iraq as the senior military advisor to the Baghdad Operations Command.

Salter and his wife, Sarah, an assistant principal at Harker Heights High School, have been married 23 years and have three children: Jessica, 20, who attends Baylor University; William, 18, who attends the United States Military Academy at West Point; and Brandon, 16, who is a junior at Harker Heights High School.

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