Soldier Spotlight Q/A with Sgt Matasha Turner

Provided by the Deployment Health Assessment Program


Q. What is your title and rank?
Q. What position(s) do you hold or areas of responsibility when it comes to the completion of the deployment Health Assessments (DHAs)?
A.Currently, I wear two hats working in the 88th RSC.  I coordinate unit events and track deployment health assessment for Soldier’s who need additional care; such as, physical therapy, behavioral services and further treatment.
Q. What has been a significant challenge you have faced in your position and how did you overcome it?
A. I had just come on orders, and given the responsibility to explore the 88th RSC referral tracking process. I overcame the challenge by not being afraid to ask questions, taking copious notes, staying late, and being humble. 
Q. What has your experience been like working with the Army Reserve?
A.Working in the Surgeons office for DHAP has been my most fulfilling position to date.  I have met some incredible and wonderful people, even gained a few new friends.  I have acquired a tremendous amount of information, received invaluable mentorship, and continually feel challenged, encouraged, and empowered by my leadership. 
Q. What is your leadership style?
A.My parents influenced my leadership style a lot.  I have also learned from leaders who were willing to roll up their sleeves and jump in the trenches with me.  Leaders that inspire you always motivate you to rise to the occasion.
Q. What advice would you give a service member in the process of completing their deployment health assessments?
A. Honestly. I want to make sure you are okay, and if you are not, point you in the right direction where I know you will be.
Q. What is the best part of helping Soldiers who are deploying?
A. The best part is meeting Soldiers from all over the country, hearing stories of their deployment.  Often, the stories are intertwined with challenges they experienced while down range, whether at home, in the field or both. It makes me very proud to see, and hear stories of the resilient nature of Soldiers after they return and re-integrate with their loved ones.
The Deployment Health Assessment Program (DHAP) is dedicated to increase the operational readiness of the Total Army and strengthen the resilience of deploying and redeployed Soldiers and Army Civilians. DHAP provides early identification of emerging deployment related health conditions and serves as a gateway to care and treatment. The goal is to connect Soldiers and Army Civilians with the right care at the right time.

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