Photo: Prof. David G. Armstrong, Director, SALSA and Col. David W. Sutherland, Director, Warrior and Family Support, office of Chair, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Admiral Michael Mullen, Chair of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, was a guest at the University of Arizona this weekend. During the visit, one of his primary goals was to emphasize care of the wounded warrior and veteran. This aspect of care falls under the aegis of Colonel David W. Sutherland, Director of Warrior and Family Support in the office of the Joint Chiefs. This interest has led to exploring methods of working with leading institutions, including the University of Arizona’s Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance, or SALSA, toward innovation in care and healing. “We’re grateful to the Admiral and to Colonel Sutherland for their interest and support of warriors– both in theatre and after they return home”, noted David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and SALSA’s Director. “Exploring new ways to partner in fostering innovation and making a difference in care is a shared goal– and one that we think holds great promise in the years ahead.” Colonel Sutherland is well known and honored for his role in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he demonstrated unprecedented leadership in caring for wounded warriors and their families during the height of combat.