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Photo Gallery | Ceremony for Wounded Warrior Barracks at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda


On Thursday, August 11th, The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Naval Support Activity Bethesda, and the Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of a new Wounded Warrior barracks and Warrior Support Complex.

" We are very excited.This represents the continuum of care for a wounded warrior.We pride ourselves in military medicine on being able to take world -class care of somebody the minute they are hit or hurt on the battlefield. Here, we surround them with acute care while they are rehabilitating and recooperating in an environment where they feel embraced by modern architecture, a world-class dining facility and as much comfort of home as we can give them as we prepare to get them ulitmately back into society and their families," explained Rear Admiral Matthew L. Nathan who currently serves as commander, National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, and Navy Medicine, National Capital Area.

The 2005 Base Closure and Realignment directed the transition of patients, staff, and clinical functions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) to Bethesda and Fort Belvoir. The new Wounded Warrior Barracks and Warrior Support Complex at Bethesda is critical to supporting this transition by fully providing ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant lodging to support the rehabilitation needs of our Warriors and the highest quality of support services to all wounded warriors at the future Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, 8901 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, Md. 20889.

The Wounded Warrior Barracks:

-295,000 sq feet steel and precast concrete structure provides 153 two-person Residential Suites, two center Administration floors, and a Dining Hall serving 1,500 meals daily.

-The "Suites" include a double or queen bed, desk and computer. 

-Living Room: Chair, love seat, flat-screen TV.

-Full kitchen with a washer and dryer in closet.

-Extra outlets for prosthetics that need charging.

-Furninshings in order to deliver a "turn-key" building.

The Warrior Support Complex

-Fitness Center with 50-meter indoor pool, basketball, volleyball, and racquetball courts, cardio, and weight lifting areas as well as an indoor track.

"This is an important, key factor in making our wounded warriors believe that America and their military families care about them and they want to see them in the type of surroundings that are commensurate with the sacrifice each service member has made for their country." Rear Admiral Matthew L. Nathan said.