I am Navy Medicine

I am Navy Medicine: 2015 BUMED HQ Sailor of the Year HM1 Jorge Castilleja

I was born in Baytown, Texas in 1985. I joined the Navy in 2005 because I wanted to see the world and I became a hospital corpsman because of their heritage. I am a sailor by choice, a preventive medicine technician by trade, a hospital corpsman at heart, but most importantly I am Navy Medicine. Development in the Navy is all …

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A few words with BUMED’s 2015 Senior Sailor of the Year: Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (FMF) Alexander Burkhart

By Steve Van Der Werff, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs Editor’s note: Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (FMF) Alexander Burkhart was recognized as Bureau of Medicine and Surgery’s 2015 Senior Sailor of the Year (SSOY) by Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan, Navy surgeon general and chief, BUMED November 3. The Sailor of the Year program was established in …

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I am Navy Medicine: Lt. Danielle Berkowitz, voyage on USNS Mercy

The day I reported to the Mercy it was freezing cold for San Diego standards and pouring rain. With two sea bags, my uniforms and my backpack, I sloshed through a torrential downpour. A petty officer I had never met offered me help, as would be common in the months to come. As I walked across the brow, my lack …

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In Honor of the Marine Corps Birthday: I am Navy Medicine – Hospital Corspman 2nd Class James Louck

 On the U.S. Marine Corps’ birthday, Nov. 10, 1775, we also recognize those of Navy Medicine’s Hospital Corps who have fought and served side-by-side with their ‘Devil Dogs.’ Wherever there are Marines, a Hospital Corpsman is there. From the hardscrabble, back-of-beyond Combat Outpost Shir Ghazay in Helmand Province, Afghanistan to the key logistical hub Manas Airbase, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, wherever his …

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I am Navy Medicine: Capt. Jonathan Haun

My name is Jonathan Lee Haun. I am a captain in the Navy Dental Corps and a prosthodontist. I hail from Medford, a small town in southern Oregon. I was born in South Korea. At the age of 18 months, I was adopted by an American family. I grew up in the Oregon countryside where patriotism and Christian values were …

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