I am Navy Medicine

I am Navy Medicine, Lt. Cmdr. Akinwale ‘Wale’ Onamade

  My 21 year journey with Navy Medicine has been a wonderful experience from boot camp to officer candidate school.  I’ve made life long friends along the way that I have mentored and vice versa. I have had numerous opportunities to serve and continue to serve in various Navy leadership positions, which has made the ride well worth it and …

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Apollo Swap: One of Navy Medicine’s Favorite Furry Shipmates

The photos below showcase Rear Adm. Anne Swap, Navy Medicine East (NME) commander, and  her certified service dog Apollo Swap, who also works as a facility dog for NME.  Apollo regularly greets patients and staff at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP), bringing a smile to everyone he meets. Navy Medicine East oversees the delivery of medical, dental and other health care …

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I am Navy Medicine, Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Ronald Laganzon

My name is Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Ronald Laganzon. I often tell people “I may have only been active duty for 17 years, but I’ve been in the Navy my whole life.” My interest in the Navy began at an early age, because I was born at Naval Hospital Subic Bay and my mother and grandfather served. My mother served …

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Called to Serve

Since November 28, 1775, the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps has been inspiring hope, strengthening spiritual well-being, building resilience, enhancing readiness, and providing solace for service members around the globe, in times of war and in peace. At Navy Medicine West (NMW), regional headquarters for all Navy Medicine health care and dental treatment facilities along the West Coast and Pacific Rim …

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I am Navy Medicine: Lt. Cmdr. Nicole Kelm

A drive to serve others led me to the physical therapy (PT) field and Navy Medicine.  Physical therapists assess musculoskeletal disorders and injuries and recommend treatments to restore mobility and function.  I originally focused on work with the Department of Veterans Affairs following PT school, but learning about the direct accession program ultimately led me to active duty service.  The …

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