Tag Archives: BUMED

2019 Brazilian Riverine Mission

By: LCDR John Roman, MC (FMF), USN LCDR Roman is a Staff Dermatologist at Navy Medical Center Portsmouth I had been on bilateral exercises before – missions with the Korean and Indonesian Marine Corps, respectively, and spent time with the Thai Medical System. Lessons learned from these experiences emphasized the importance of building rapport with our partners and attentively working …

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Navy Surgeon General testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations

Editor’s note: Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general and chief, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, provided the following opening remarks to the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Defense, during a hearing April 3 on the Fiscal Year 2020 budget request for the Defense Health Program. Remarks as prepared by Vice Adm. Forrest Faison. Chairman Shelby, Vice Chairman Durbin, distinguished members …

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A Hero’s Image: Dr. Al Mateczun and the Medal of Honor Photograph

By André B. Sobocinski Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Before his career in the Navy, retired captain Dr. Al Mateczun, MC, graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1964. After pilot training and reconnaissance school at Shaw AFB, tours in France and Idaho, he deployed to Tan Son Nhut AB, Vietnam where he flew 200 missions …

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Vice Adm. Forrest Faison Meets with Staff at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general and chief, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, made his way to Bethesda, MD, March 7, 2019, to visit Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). Faison last visited WRNMMC in January of 2018 to discuss the importance of readiness across Navy Medicine. The following photos reflect his most recent visit in …

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The story of Sgt. Schmid and Navy Medicine’s rehabilitation of the blind in World War II

By André B. Sobocinski Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery For thousands of World War II veterans wounded during the conflict, the war’s end was only the beginning of a long and trying road to recovery. Al Schmid was one of these veterans. The 22-year old Marine from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, had served at Guadalcanal when fighting was at …

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