Navy Surgeon General Travel Log: San Antonio

Shipmates,

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit San Antonio, also known as ‘Military City USA’, alongside Force Master Chief Terry Prince.

Here are some highlights from my trip:

I first met with Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Johnson, commanding general, Brooke Army Medical Center to discuss readiness and partnerships, which are two main priorities in my Commander’s Guidance.

I also used this time to visit with many of the dedicated staff at Brooke Army Medical Center who help take care of service members, including our Sailors.

Vice Adm. Forrest Faison speaks with Brooke Army Medical Center staff.
Vice Adm. Forrest Faison speaks with Brooke Army Medical Center staff.

Rear Adm. Rebecca McCormick-Boyle, commander, Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command, and her team briefed me on ongoing training initiatives affecting the delivery of training to our Hospital Corpsmen. The rework of the Hospital Corpsman ‘A’ school curriculum is critically important. We have to be prepared to go forward and save lives in any environment our Navy and Marine Corps team operate in. A big part of that is ensuring we provide the most current training possible to our Hospital Corpsmen, who are present in every operational platform and alongside our deployed Marines.

Vice Adm. Forrest Faison receives a brief from Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics command leadership.
Vice Adm. Forrest Faison receives a brief from Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command leadership.

The best part of my trip was the admiral’s calls I conducted, where I heard from the lifeline of Navy Medicine – our people. These calls gave me the opportunity to discuss ongoing efforts within the Military Health System, such as the new electronic health record, and share my thoughts on the importance of the work being done in San Antonio.

Vice Adm. Forrest Faison conducts and admiral’s call with Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command (NMETLC) staff at the Medical Education and Training Campus on board Joint Base San Antonio – Fort Sam Houston.
Vice Adm. Forrest Faison conducts an admiral’s call on board Joint Base San Antonio – Fort Sam Houston.

I look forward to hearing what’s on your minds and sharing my perspective on issues of importance to the Navy Medicine team as I continue my travels around the fleet.

As always, it’s an honor and privilege to serve with you.

SG sends

San Antonio
Source: Google Maps

Travel Locations:

Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command

Navy Medicine Training Support Center

Joint Base San Antonio

Brooke Army Medical Center