LANDSTUHL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, Germany – As a Wounded Warrior in transition, Jennifer Trenkelbach saw a long-term opportunity and seized it.
As a result, the Army specialist is one of 12 volunteers to graduate from what is believed to be the first American Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training Program offered at a Military Treatment Facility.
While assigned to the Warrior Transition Unit in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Trenkelbach’s mission is to heal from a foot injury while a determination is made whether she will be able to remain in the Army or transition to civilian life. Trenkelbach hopes to remain in the military, but her newfound nursing skills will provide the opportunity to explore other career opportunities in the event she transitions to civilian life.
“I’ve always wanted to get into nursing, and it also gives me a chance to volunteer,” Trenkelbach said during the final week of the four-week course consisting of 168 hours of classroom and hands-on experience. The course was developed and taught by Red Cross officials, nurses and education specialists at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.