Walter Reed Medical Chief relieved of duty
WASHINGTON – The Army said Thursday that the two-star general in charge of Walter Reed Army Medical Center has been relieved of command following disclosures about inadequate treatment of wounded soldiers.
Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman, who was commanding general of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command as well as Walter Reed hospital, was relieved of command by Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey.
In a brief announcement, the Army said service leaders had “lost trust and confidence” in Weightman’s leadership abilities “to address needed solutions for soldier outpatient care” at Walter Reed.
This man isn’t the reason the bureaucratic bs overwhelms our wounded soldiers. That crap has been going on for decades, back to the Korean War. But a Sacrificial Lamb he is…
Bldg. 18 has been rundown for ages as well. Its the amount of injured coming back that is bogging down the system and overwhelming it.
Another issue is the military’s clampdown on service personnel speaking to reporters. They have shut the door very quickly and locked it, canceling the previously approved visits of the Discovery Channel and CNN who were going to do pieces on the military which had nothing to do with the W.R. fiasco:
“I wanted to spend some time with the trainers there and show how they instill core values and integrity in these troops,” said Christenson. “They refused me access because Michelle Manhart was part of the story. They did not want to support another story that had Michelle Manhart in it.”
If you can’t say something nice..you can’t say anything apparently..or else they are afraid of what other skeletons will be flying out of the closet.
“This is troublesome because it keeps the average person from learning the real facts here,” he said. “They are trying to censor the news, in this case it is bad news. The military has gone into a bunker mentality.” He also had heard reports from some reporters that casualty numbers were not being released as freely as in the past. “They are trying to manage the news,” he said. “There has to be some middle ground and in the past there has been middle ground.”