Navy Medicine Features

I am Navy Medicine: Chief Hospital Corpsman Javier Cortes

By: Chief Hospital Corpsman Javier Cortes, U.S. Naval Hospital Rota, Spain I became a hospital corpsman because I wanted the opportunity to serve, to repay the country that’s given my family so much opportunity to succeed. I am from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and enlisted in the Navy 18 years ago. Ten years ago I became an independent duty corpsman (IDC) …

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The Mosquito Fighters: A Short History of Mosquitoes in the Navy – Part 2

By André B. Sobocinski, historian, BUMED When you … arrive at Thompson’s Island you will investigate with utmost care the origins, progress and present state of the sickness which prevails on the island and in the Squadron.” ~Secretary of the Navy Samuel Southard to Commodore John Rodgers, October 1823 W hen the United States acquired the Spanish colony of Florida …

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Supporting the “The Right Stuff”: Looking Back at the Navy Medical Department and the Mercury Space Program Part IV

By André B. Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Part IV: Bioastronautics and Medical Recovery It was a strange and exciting sensation. And yet it was so mild and easy—much like the rides we had experienced in our trainers—that it somehow seemed very familiar. I felt as if I had experienced the whole thing before….Nothing could possibly …

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Supporting the “The Right Stuff”: Looking Back at the Navy Medical Department and the Mercury Space Program Part III

By André B. Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Part III: The Mercury Seven Visit Naval Medical Research Institute “We spent two years doing many things and following up many avenues to make sure we had not overlooked anything. We crammed ourselves full of knowledge. We built up our stamina on the big machines. And we got …

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I am Navy Medicine: Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Sarah Pacquette

By Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Sarah  Pacquette, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center I have served in the Navy for 15 years, and proudly wear my Fleet Marine Force qualification pin on my uniform that signifies I’m qualified to serve with the United States Marine Corps. I’ve always had enormous respect for my grandfather, who served as a yeoman in …

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