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Master Sgt. Tommy Munford: Triad of Care looks after Soldiers

By: John M. Rosenberg, Warrior Care and Transition

Msg. Tommy Munford, currently stationed at Joint Base Lews-McChord, Washington, Warrior Transition Battalion. Munford, who began his Army career in the National Guard, followed by 16 years active duty before joining the Army Reserves, credits his Triad of Care, especially his nurse case manager, for giving him the confidence he needs in recovering from his injuries.

As a patient administration specialist Master Sgt. Tommy Munford is responsible for supervising and performing administrative duties for patients in an Army hospital. Since December 2015, however, the Army Reserve Soldier has himself been a hospital patient, recovering from lower back and clavicle injuries at the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Washington.

Born in Naha City, Okinawa and adopted by an American Soldier, Munford was brought to the United States when he was five years old. “I have no memory of Okinawa or the earliest years of my life,” says Munford.

Raised in a family with a long tradition of military service, Munford was eager to join the Army in his late teens, saying, “I wanted to see the world and become a paratrooper like my father.”

Munford realized both of these dreams, attending jump school and eventually parachuting the skies over Germany, Belgium, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, as well as Italy where he was stationed for three years.

Though parachuting was his first love, the bulk of Munford’s Army career was devoted to matters much nearer the ground, serving as a track vehicle mechanic and motor vehicle operator in Korea as well as in support of Operation Urgent Fury, in Grenada, and Operation Desert Shield/Storm as a member of the 1st Cavalry Division.

At JBLM WTB Munford discovered the healing powers of adaptive sports and reconditioning. Among other activities such as tai chi and hydro-massage, he’s eagerly taken to the air rifle and strength training, saying “Adaptive sports and reconditioning has figured prominently in my rehabilitation, and has given me the confidence to heal.”

Building the confidence to heal. It’s an apt message in underscoring Warrior Care Month enduring theme— Show of Strength, highlighting the resilience and strength of Soldiers and their families and caregivers. By ensuring wounded, ill and injured Soldiers are fully prepared for success after transition, the Army honors its sacred obligation to provide these resilient warriors the best possible care and support.

A case in point is Munford’s Triad of Care at JBLM, especially his nurse case manager, Dominique Thomas who, more than anyone else, Munford credits as being “the most important person for me” since arriving at the WTB. “She cares about the soldiers,” says Munford. “She is always there for us, and not just because it’s her job to do so. She always takes the time to talk and to listen.”

Warrior Care Month 2016

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Monday: November 14
  • Joint services Wheelchair Exhibition
Wednesday: November 16
  • Hiring Heroes Career Fair
Thursday: November 17
  • Joint Services Sitting Volleyball Tournament

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