Navy Medicine Features

Lt. Cmdr. Andy Baldwin: From Residency to Operational Medicine

By Lt. Cmdr. Andy Baldwin, Senior Medical Officer, USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Palms sweating, heart beating fast, orders in hand, I stepped onto the brow of the mighty warship. “You must be the new SMO?” remarked the Officer of the Deck, rendering a crisp salute. Returning the salute I said, “Yes, my name is Lt. Cmdr. Andy Baldwin, and I’m the …

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Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day: A Sailor’s Perspective

By Command Master Chief (SW/FMF) Rusty Perry, Navy Medicine Education and Training Command (NMETC) “Human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and the persistent work of dedicated individuals…” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1964 Shipmates, One of the pioneering minds of this past century penned those words nearly five decades ago, …

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Teddy Roosevelt and the Navy’s PRT

By Andre Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Today’s U.S. Navy espouses a “culture of fitness,” and “physical readiness,” but this was not always so.  In the early 1900s, many including the president himself, Theodore Roosevelt, were appalled by the lack of physical conditioning in the Navy. In his autobiography, Roosevelt wrote, “Many of the older officers …

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“A Date Which Will Live in Infamy”

By Master Chief Hospital Corpsman (SW/AW) Robert Coddington, Navy Medicine Operational Training Center Command Master Chief Those words, spoken the day after an attack on American soil 71 years ago,  which claimed the lives of more than 2,400 Americans and wounded 1,100 more, sank four U.S. Navy battleships and damaged four more, sank three cruisers, three destroyers, one minelayer and …

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Fall 2012 edition of “The Grog”

By André B. Sobocinski, historian and publications manager, Office of Medical History, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery It is with great pleasure that we present to you the fall 2012 edition of THE GROG. In our attempt to meet our standards of variety, we offer you original articles on: Mr. Roosevelt and the Origin of the PRT, Corpsmen of …

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