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Happy 108th Birthday Navy Nurses

ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 31, 2015) Lt. Kathleen Kostka (left), from Virginia Beach, Virginia, a critical care nurse embarked aboard USS Kearsarge attached to Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 4, simulates sedating a patient during a medical evacuation drill in an MV-22 Osprey. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tyler Preston/Released)

By Vice Adm. Forrest Faison Surgeon General Navy Medicine is given a trust to care for those who have volunteered to defend our freedom, a trust to return America’s sons and daughters home safely. On behalf of the entire Navy Medicine family, I extend my gratitude and appreciation to our …

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Fair Winds and Following SMEE’s

ACAJUTLA, El Salvador (June 17, 2015) Lt. Cmdr. James Dunford, an entomologist from Twin Lakes, Wis., assigned to Navy Environmental Preventive Medicine Unit-2 in Norfolk Va., looks for mosquito larvae at Escuela de Education Especial de Acajutla during Continuing Promise 2015. Continuing Promise is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted deployment to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian-civil assistance, subject matter expert exchanges, medical, dental, veterinary and engineering support and disaster response to partner nations and to show U.S. support and commitment to Central and South America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Tomarius Roberts/Released)

By Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (EXW) Lazara Y. Medina Preventive Medicine Technician (PMT), assigned to the Department of Public Health for Continuing Promise 2015 One of the questions I am asked frequently is “What exactly is it that you do”? The best answer I have learned to provide is “I work …

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USS Rushmore Aids 65 People at Sea

MAKASSAR STRAIT (June 10, 2015) A Sailor takes a woman to medical staff aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47).

USS Rushmore (LSD 47) rendered assistance to 65 people on makeshift bamboo rafts in the waters between the Indonesian islands of Kalimantan and Sulawesi June 10. Shipboard lookouts spotted the distressed persons waving orange and white flags. Rushmore’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Thomas Stephens, ordered the launch of a small boat with …

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USNS Mercy: Hospital at Sea

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 18, 2012) The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), lead vessel for Pacific Partnership 2012, transits the Pacific Ocean toward Guam. Pacific Partnership is an annual U.S. Pacific Fleet humanitarian and civic assistance mission designed to work by, with and through host and partner nations, non-governmental organizations and international agencies to build partnerships and a collective ability to respond to natural disasters. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Feddersen/Released)

Maritime partnerships are critical to safeguard freedom of the seas to secure the world’s oceans. USNS Mercy (T-AH 19)‘s participation in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014 is just one example of the world’s navies coming together to work on common interest. Mercy and her Sailors are helping to train …

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Navy Hospital Corps Celebrates 115 Years of Service

YORKTOWN, Va. (May 14, 2013) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Jocelyn Corpening provides emergency care to a multiple amputation trauma trainer during the Collective Protection Exercise held on Naval Weapons Station Yorktown-Cheatham Annex. The Collective Protection Exercise provides a collective protection to the warfighter and their equipment utilizing state-of-the-art chemical, biological and radiological protective technologies. ( U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Scott Barnes/Released)

The Navy Hospital Corps celebrated 115 years of service June 17. Although the name of hospital corpsmen has changed from the Corps’ inception in the Continental Navy, from loblolly boy to pharmacists mate to hospital corpsman, the core values of the Hospital Corps remain the same. Did you know these …

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Wounded Warrior Games 2013: A Navy Chaplain’s Perspective

This year’s Wounded Warrior Games will come to a close this evening. In this blog, Navy Chaplain Bill Middleton, director for CREDO NDW, shares his experiences at this year’s games. “We know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3 NIV) We gathered in the Summit Room …

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