October 28, 2011 will be a day remembered for many civilians, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines of the Fort Belvoir Virginia area. Today marked the grand opening of the 1.03 Billion dollar medical facility. This facility will be replacing the famed Walter-Reed Medical Center the earlier this year has begun their closing process. This is America’s newest, most extraordinary, most technically advanced facility, said Vice Adm. John M. Mateczun, commander of Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical. Gold Team was honored in being apart of the opening ceremony for the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital that will serve so many of our fellow service members.
Gold Team was given the opportunity to fly the original Red Cross flag that was flown over Walter-Reed for so many wonderful years. The trust and honor of delivering this flag was given to SFC Dustin Peregrin of Canby Oregon. After jumping from 2,500 feet in almost 20 degree weather the Gold Demonstration team delivered Red Cross flag on target and on time. We then concluded our jump with an opportunity to meet and greet with the staff of the hospital. Gold Team returns back to Fort Bragg for 1 week and then we are off to Texas.