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Navy Medicine’s transformation: How hospital corpsmen fit in

By Force Master Chief Hosea Smith Jr. Director, U.S. Navy Hospital Corps Several weeks ago, the U.S. Navy surgeon general outlined the significant changes that will reshape our Navy Medicine mission toward greater readiness. We are refining our organizational structure so we can ensure a medically ready force – Sailors …

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Building Navy Medicine’s Future: Taking a bearing

By Vice Adm. Forrest Faison U.S. Navy Surgeon General and Chief, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Military medicine, including Navy Medicine, is undergoing some of the most significant changes we have seen in decades. From changes mandated by Congress, to Department of Defense-directed reforms, we have an opportunity …

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Special Report: Enduring Promise

Enduring Promise Blog

USNS Comfort is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team is providing care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping …

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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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