Tag Archives: 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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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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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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A Navy Nurse’s Reflections on Pacific Partnership 2018

By Lt. j.g. Natalie Spritzer Lt. j.g. Spritzer is a Staff Nurse on an Inpatient Cardiac Care Unit at Naval Medical Center San Diego. She has served as a Staff Nurse aboard the USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) for Pacific Partnership 2018.  Lt j.g. Spritzer is also board certified in Pediatric Nursing. Selfies are sometimes considered vain or whimsical. Still, they …

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