Wednesday, February 28, 2007

From the Folks Who Brought You Building 18...

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More support for the troops! Yessireeee, bob! We are the Pentagon and we support our troops all right! We were all just so horrified when we found out about the mold growing on the walls and the mice coming out of the holes over at Walter Reed, and we told the world we were going to do something about it! Well, we certainly did do something about it! We told those whining malingerers to shut their goddamn yaps!

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.

“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.

There ya go. You won't be hearing any complaints from our wounded soldiers anymore! Lord love 'em!

1 comment:

Chief said...

Shoot the messenger. “How dare anyone who gave part of their body while following orders, complain about a few mice or a little mold on the wall,” he said snarkily.

It should not surprise anyone, this most recent tactic. They bring in the wounded under cover of darkness, they embed reporters to create sympathy among the reporters and Iraq is far to dangerous for independent reporters to just wander around looking for a story. So DOD spoon feeds “media pablum “ to the Public via MSM.

I’m glad I get my news via bloggers.