The Mosquito Fighters: A Short History of Mosquitoes in the Navy – Part 1


By Andre B. Sobocinski, historian, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Over the course of the U.S. Navy’s history the mosquito has been a constant threat whose enduring swath of destruction far extends that of the Barbary Pirates, the Imperial Japanese fleet or even German U-boats. From the Navy’s first conflict – in the so-called Quasi-War with France (1797-1801) – our small …

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Pacific Partnership 2016: The Positive Power of Saying ‘Yes’

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By Lt. Jen Knapp, Entomology department head, directorate of public health, Pacific Partnership 2016 It all began with an email asking for volunteers to take the lead on events in Vietnam for Pacific Partnership 2016. There was very little detail about what the events would be or any requirements that may be needed but I made the decision to say …

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I am Navy Medicine: Dr. Samuel Rivera

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By Dr. Samuel Rivera, Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi, Texas I was raised in the Bronx, New York and I earned my Doctorate of Health Sciences with emphasis in Public Health Education from Honolulu University in 2002. Before coming to Texas I served as the public health educator for U.S. Naval Hospital Roosevelt Roads, Wellness Center in Puerto Rico. And …

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HM ‘A’ School Instructors Promotes Healthy Habits, Cultural Diversity Through Dance

Instructors and students from the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) at Joint Base San Antonio - Fort Sam Houston dance during a latin dance lesson in METC's student activity center. The Diversity Council at Navy Medicine Training Support Center (NMTSC), METC's Navy service component administratively responsible for its personnel, began holding weekly lessons to promote health and cultural awareness in the command. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jacquelyn D. Childs)

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jacquelyn D. Childs, NMETC public affairs SAN ANTONIO – The Navy Medicine Training Support Center (NMTSC) Diversity Council started a weekly Latin dance class Aug. 3 at the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC), promoting healthy habits while encouraging a culture of inclusion. The lessons include salsa, bachata, and merengue and are designed to …

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Navy Corpsman’s ‘New Normal’: Part 1


By Steve Van Der Werff, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery public affairs Editor’s Note: Before 1990 people with disabilities could be discriminated against without legal consequences. That isn’t the case today. Today we honor the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act when our country committed itself to abolishing judgement against people undermined by injury or disease, clearing …

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