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A Letter from the Force Master Chief: Hospital Corps’ 114th Birthday

By S. E. Boss, Force Master Chief, Bureau of Medicine And Surgery It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I wish the men and women of the Hospital Corps a very happy 114th birthday.  History has witnessed our humble beginnings, from our 1898 establishment, through our first graduating class of 28, and today, a force of over 25,000 performing …

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Surgeon General honors Hospital Corps

By Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, U.S. Navy Surgeon General On behalf of Navy Medicine and a grateful nation, I extend our sincere thanks and heartfelt congratulations to the men and women of the Hospital Corps, as you celebrate your 114th . No Marine has ever taken a hill without his corpsman by his side.  Our hospital corpsman deploy with Sailors …

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Navy Nurse Corps celebrates its 104th birthday

By Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, U.S. Navy surgeon general and chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery As the Navy Nurse Corps celebrates its 104th year of service, I extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to you on behalf of Navy Medicine and a grateful nation. Since 1908, the men and women of the Navy Nurse Corps have honorably served in …

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The “Sacred Twenty”: The Navy’s First Nurses

By André B. Sobocinski, Navy Medicine Office of the Historian May 13th marks the 104th anniversary of the Navy Nurse Corps. On May 13, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Naval Appropriations Bill authorizing the establishment of the Nurse Corps as a unique staff corps in the Navy.     Initially, all Nurse Corps candidates were required to travel to Washington, D.C., …

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U.S. Naval Hospital Rota Spain recognizes National Nurses Week

By Lt. Cmdr Julie A Conrardy, U.S. Naval Hospital Rota Spain The year of 1908 officially marked the establishment of the Navy Nurse Corps. The first Navy nurses were 20 strong and were dubbed the “The Sacred Twenty” because they were the first to serve as Navy Nurses.  Navy nurses have come a long way in the past 104 years! …

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