By Vice Adm. C. Forrest Faison, III
Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
Navy Medicine is dedicated to the best readiness and health in the world and it is our mission to keep Sailors, Marines and their family ready, healthy and on the job. As your 38th Navy surgeon general, I understand the significance of quality care and the increasing role patients play in their healthcare, along with those things that influence their health care decisions. In order to continue to meet your health care needs and those we are privileged to serve, I believe we must take strides toward change in a rapidly evolving world.
As Navy Medicine adapts to change, my priority is to meet the unique needs of our Sailors, Marines and their families around the globe who have entrusted Navy Medicine with their health and well-being, ensuring they are ready to go whenever and wherever needed to do our nation’s work.
Our care is second to none.
Navy Medicine has the highest combat survival rate in recorded history. I am proud to say that we are dedicated and committed to selflessly serve and save the lives of our Sailors, Marines and their families. Through research, development and the rapid delivery of new capabilities, we are uniquely positioned to counter new and emerging health threats on the sea, above the sea, below the sea and on the battlefield.
Health: We will provide the best care our nation can offer to Sailors, Marines and their families to keep them healthy, ready and on the job.
The majority of our uniformed Sailors and Marines were born after 1986, and they have a different view of the world than the generations before them. Their view is driving change in the way we deliver health care today. Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of Sailors, Marines and their families and my priority is to continue ensuring that your health needs are met in ways that are convenient and acceptable to you, ensuring they are full partners in their health and readiness.
Through our partnerships we are a stronger Navy Medicine health system. We aim to preserve peace and security and grow our capabilities to save lives by joining in the development efforts of our sister services, allies and the private sector. I pledge to continue investing in those uniquely inherent capabilities, making Navy Medicine America’s most reliable health care provider for Sailors, Marines and their families.
Families sleep well knowing that Navy Medicine has the watch and their loved ones will receive the best care our nation can offer, today and tomorrow. I thank each of you for your service, sacrifice, and commitment to our Navy, Marine Corps and nation. I am proud of each of you and honored to serve as your 38th Navy surgeon general.
Navy Surgeon General Commander’s Guidance
Today’s Navy and Marine Corps team is the most highly trained, educated and specialized force in history. Their needs and expectations continue to change in today’s evolving landscape. Therefore, to keep our Navy and Marine Corps team healthy, on station, and ready to do our nation’s work, Navy Medicine must adapt and provide so Sailors, Marines and their families the best care our nation can deliver.
- Honor the trust to provide the best care to those who defend our freedom
- Honor the uniform we wear
- Honor the privilege of leadership
- Readiness: We save lives wherever our forces operate – at and from the sea.
- Health: We will provide the best care our nation can offer to Sailors, Marines and their families to keep them healthy, ready and on the job.
- Partnerships: We will expand and strengthen our partnerships to maximize readiness and health.
We are a maritime nation and have been since our founding. Our peace and prosperity are linked to the security of the seas and littorals. To protect that peace and security, America has the greatest and most capable Navy and Marine Corps the world has ever known. The role of Navy Medicine in preserving the health and fighting readiness of that force has never been greater or more critical.
Editor’s note: This blog was originally published Nov. 15, 2016, on Navy Medicine Live.