This week, I traveled northwest to participate in Navy Week Pittsburgh, June 19-20.
Here are a few trip highlights:
On the first day, I met with Pennsylvania Congressman Tim Murphy, also a commander in the Navy Reserve, assigned to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Murphy and I had the chance to discuss the state of Navy Medicine and other areas of mutual interest.
I then had the pleasure of meeting with the executive director and other senior leaders from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Military Medical Research. While there, we discussed ongoing and future medical research projects and trends in military medicine.
Afterward, I was humbled by the opportunity to pay my respects at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum. This museum is the nation’s only military memorial dedicated to honoring the men and women of all branches of service from all generations and conflicts.
Tuesday morning, I met with the Mario Lemieux Foundation leadership team to further strengthen the relationship between Mario Lemieux Foundation and the U.S. Navy. This foundation is recognized for raising funds for cancer research and patient care, as well as Austin’s Playroom Project, an initiative that creates playrooms for children and families in military medical facilities.
My next stop was the Pittsburgh City Council where I was accompanied by Sailors from USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720) at a city council meeting and Navy Week proclamation.
I wrapped up the day by visiting the University of Pittsburg Medical Center (UPMC) and UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. While at UPMC, I had the opportunity to observe the great work taking place and discuss potential opportunities for partnership in the treatment of wounded warriors who have experienced traumatic injuries.
It was an honor to represent the U.S. Navy and the Navy Medicine team and share your story with the men and women of Pittsburgh. Thank you for everything you do, and keep up the great work!