Tag Archives: Navy Medicine

Navy Medicine in Focus: February 2017

Every day, more than 63,000 Navy Medicine personnel are operating forward around the world, providing agile, rapid health care support to the Navy and Marine Corps. Ensuring lives are saved wherever our forces operate is what we do, be it above the sea, on the sea, below the sea or on the battlefield. The following photos depict our medical professionals at work during February …

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Remembering the War Dispensary, the Forerunner of Naval Medical Center San Diego

By André B. Sobocinski, historian, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Editor’s note: 2017 marks the centennial of Navy Medicine in San Diego. The following blog commemorates this historical milestone. One-hundred years ago, the U.S. Navy moved to the vacated grounds of the Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park to establish a training camp for Sailors destined for the “Great War.”(1) Amidst …

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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 …

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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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Five Facts about African-Americans in Navy Medicine

By Andre Sobocinski, Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery African-Americans were among the first Sailors to serve as loblolly boys (precursors of today’s hospital corpsmen). Among these first medical Sailors was Joseph Anderson, a 16-year-old loblolly boy who served aboard the schooner USS Eagle in 1800.   On  July 26, 1943 the first class of African-Americans entered Hospital …

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