A Message from Navy Medicine’s Force Master Chief: Happy 123rd Birthday Chiefs!

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Every year on April 1, the Navy celebrates the past, present and future of the Navy chief. Chief Petty Officers (CPOs) are the Navy’s senior enlisted leaders serving as mentors for all Sailors and are experts in their field. Coming from humble beginnings in 1893, CPOs have since surpassed expectations of what it is to be a great leader and …

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A Message from the Navy Surgeon General: Do your part to prevent sexual assault

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  Shipmates, I want to address an important issue that demands our attention: sexual assault. Simply put, sexual assault is a crime against our family that destroys trust, divides us, and diminishes our operational effectiveness. There is no place for sexual assault in our Navy and Marine Corps; it is corrosive to readiness, hinders our ability to perform our duty, …

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A Message from the Navy Surgeon General: Medical Corps 145th Birthday


On behalf of the entire Navy Medicine family, it is my privilege and honor to congratulate our Navy Medical Corps as they celebrate 145 years of service, providing the very best care our nation can offer to those who have sacrificed to defend our freedom. On March 3, 1871, the 41st congress enacted the naval appropriations act, establishing the Medical …

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A Message from the Navy Surgeon General: The Zika Virus

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 By Vice Adm. C. Forrest Faison III Shipmates, The Zika virus is topic that is front and center in the news lately and I want to assure you that Navy Medicine is fully-engaged on this issue, protecting you and your family. Zika is a viral infection spread by mosquitoes but there is also risk of sexual transmission. Active transmission of …

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The Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy: A Statistical and Biographical Retrospective, Part III


By André B. Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. Navy surgeons general have been a well-published lot over the years. Their literary output includes textbooks, articles, clinical studies, histories, memoirs, travelogues and even one epic poem. Surgeon William P.C. Barton was one of most published BUMED chiefs since 1842.  Over the course of his career, Barton authored …

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