I Recently traveled to the Gulf Coast to visit Sailors, students, leaders and staff members throughout the south, Oct. 2 through Oct. 6, 2017.
While visiting our clinics and hospitals, I witnessed all the hard work taking place throughout the fleet.
Here are a few trip highlights:
On Monday, October 2, I visited Naval Branch Health Clinic Millington in Millington, Tennessee. I had the opportunity to speak with the command ombudsman and conducted an admiral’s call to discuss the future of Navy Medicine. Afterwards, we arrived at Navy Personnel Command where I had a meeting with Rear Adm. Richard Brown, commander, Navy Personnel Command, and Rear Adm. John Meier, assistant commander, Navy Personnel Command (PERS-4).
On Tuesday, October 3, we visited the Marine Forces Reserve command in New Orleans, Louisiana then traveled to Naval Branch Health Clinic Belle Chasse. While at these locations, I toured the facilities and had a chance to speak with Sailors and staff. Before departing, I conducted an admiral’s call where I answered questions from hospital corpsmen.
On Wednesday, October 4, we traveled from New Orleans to Gulfport, Mississippi to visit Naval Branch Health Clinic Gulfport. I toured the facility, hosted an admiral’s call and officiated a reenlistment ceremony for Chief Hospital Corpsman Genesia Salgado.
Thursday, October 5, we had the chance to visit one of our provisional programs at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Pensacola, Florida. Connected Corpsmen in the Community is a proof of concept bringing the skills and knowledge of our corpsmen to the community, limiting the distance and time service members have to wait and travel for routine care. After we departed, we made our way to Naval Hospital Pensacola and observed a tactical combat casualty care scenario hosted by the local hospital corpsmen.
It was a pleasure to spend this time with members of the Navy Medicine team across the Gulf Coast.