Tag Archives: U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

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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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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Five Navy Medicine Moments in October 2018 [Photos]

Every day, more than 63,000 Navy Medicine personnel are operating forward around the world, providing agile and rapid health care support to the Navy and Marine Corps. Saving lives wherever our forces operate is what we do, be it above the sea, on the sea, below the sea or on the battlefield. The following photos depict important events and our …

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Navy Medicine’s First Female Flight Surgeon Looks Back

By Capt. Jane McWilliams Hardman, Medical Corps, U.S.N., Retired Editor’s Note. The following is an excerpt of an oral history with Capt. Jane McWilliams Hardman from May 2018.[i] In December 1973, then-Lts. McWilliams and Victoria Voge made history as the first female flight surgeons in the Navy. Hardman would go on to serve over 20 years in the Navy as …

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