The closing of Walter Reed Army Medical Center is in full swing, with 200 outpatientsscheduled to move this weekend into new facilities at the National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.

Last weekend, 46 outpatient soldiers from the Walter Reed Warrior Transition Brigade were taken aboard three buses to their new barracks at Fort Belvoir, escorted by police.

The moves are part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure, which includes replacing the existing Walter Reed with new facilities at Bethesda and Fort Belvoir.

Up to 150 in-patients at Walter Reed are expected to be moved to Bethesda by the end of the month.

Vice Adm. John M. Mateczun, commander, Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical and Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker, commander, U.S. Army Medical Command, will be briefing reporters Thursday at the new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital on the progress of the Walter Reed BRAC transition, which began August 2.

The Joint Task Force, which is overseeing the closing of Walter Reed, has launched a beneficiary reassignment hotline to provide those affected by the BRAC “a more personal option to address their questions or concerns regarding their reassignments,” according to Army Col. Arthur Lorimier, head of clinical operations for the task force.

The hotline, (202-782-3376) is open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 pm EST. Questions also can be submitted via email to or through the Joint Task Force website