I am Navy Medicine

The deadliest catch: A surgeon’s journey from fisheries to the U.S. Navy

By André B. Sobocinski Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery It had been a typical day aboard USS Bataan (LHD-5) when word rang out that casualties were inbound via MV-22. Fleet Surgical Team (FST) No. 6, an 18-member mobile augmented readiness unit comprised of surgeons, trauma and ICU nurses, medical techs, a family doc and a psychiatrist, collectively …

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I Am Navy Medicine: Cmdr. Leslie Kindling

I’m a native of Erie, Pennsylvania and have always been interested in the military and in aviation. I started my undergraduate studies at Case Western Reserve University in mechanical and aerospace engineering, and quickly switched to biomedical engineering when I realized I could study how the body moves. This is something that fascinated me as an athlete.  In graduate school …

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I am Navy Medicine: Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Maya G. Francis

Editors Note: Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Maya G. Francis has since transferred to 2nd Dental Battalion Camp Lejeune North Carolina I grew up in Mansfield, a small town in Ohio about two hours in between Cincinnati and Cleveland; it’s one of those places you love and call home, but as a teenager you can’t wait to leave. My mother, who …

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I Am Navy Medicine: Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Cameron Graham

Editors Note: Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Cameron Graham was named Navy Medicine’s 2016 Sailor of the Year on January 27, 2017 I joined the Navy Medicine team because many of my family members also work in the medical field, so I always knew I wanted to follow in their footsteps and help others. My family has been blessed with a wide range of medical …

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I Am Navy Medicine: Hospital Corpsman 1st Elizabeth Richeal

I joined the Navy in October 2005, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Unbeknownst to me, I was continuing a long family history of not only Naval Service but service in the Hospital Corps with three other family members currently serving as hospital corpsmen from the ranks of a 3rd class to a senior chief. It has become a “family thing”, as the Sailors …

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