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The Army Transition Division director of Human Resources Command Center of Excellence visited Fort Gordon last week.
Retired Col. Walter M. Herd traveled from Fort Knox, Kentucky, to meet with Army leadership, Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) staff, and SFL-TAP participants.
Chief Herd took on his current position in 2010 at a time of major transformation. Under his leadership, SFL-TAP evolved into a fully comprehensive transition program that offers counseling, education, and employee assistance to Soldiers, Department of Army civilians, and retirees. Soldiers are required to enroll in the program. Servicemembers from other branches of service are encouraged – but not required – to participate.
Herd said that about a total of 100,000 active, Guard, and Reserve Soldiers transition from the military every year with more than 600 SFL-TAP counselors at various locations assisting them. Soldiers should begin SFL-TAP 18 months prior to separating or 24 months if retiring.
“The Army has invested a significant amount of resources into this, because Soldiers are the Army,” Herd said. “They’re not in the Army; they are the Army. And the Army maintains Soldiers from beginning to end.”