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Operating as usual

11/11/2020
U.S. Navy

#HappyVeteransDay to those who have and continue to serve our great country

#HappyVeteransDay to all who have contributed so greatly to our Navy, our armed services and to our Nation.

11/10/2020
U.S. Marine Corps

Happy 245th birthday, Marine Corps!

Watch Now:
Gen. David H. Berger reminds us how the Corps' legacy lives on in every Marine.

Commandant's Birthday Message

As the 245th Marine Corps birthday draws near, Gen. David H. Berger reminds us how the Corps' legacy lives on in every Marine.

Navy Medicine
11/09/2020

Navy Medicine

A fleet Marine force hospital corpsman’s mission is to identify medical conditions from combat wounds or injuries, provide treatment for specific medical conditions, and triage casualties for treatment or evacuation.

There are approximately 100 corpsmen throughout the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, providing medical attention to nearly 3,000 Marines and Sailors, but there is only one who fulfills two roles while flying in a UH-1Y Venom, a multi-role utility helicopter equipped with a wide range of weapons and mission support configurations.

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Addison Avell, an en-route care corpsman, serves a secondary billet as a UH-1Y Venom aerial observer with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164 (Reinforced), 15th MEU. U.S. Marine aerial observers help pilots with their all-around situational awareness.

“Being an (en-route) corpsman is a critical stage of care, and it is your job to make sure they get to the next stage of care, that is a huge responsibility to be a part of,” said Avell. “Being an aerial observer, most corpsman never get the opportunity to be one and it is a great experience to integrate with Marines and gives me a better idea of what they do.”

Prior to joining VMM-164 (Rein.), Avell said she was the only corpsman at the health clinic to certify as an aerial observer during her time with Marine Aircraft Group 39.

“I heard from the flight surgeon that I used to work for, that he was going through the aerial observer syllabus, and I asked him what it was about,” said Avell. “It sounded like a super cool opportunity, something that I wouldn’t get to do anywhere else.”

In order to certify as an aerial observer, both Marines and Sailors must complete the aerial observer syllabus and earn the qualification. Avell said the syllabus consisted of an additional swim qualification, learning the mechanics of the aircraft, a course on using night vision devices more effectively and a medical seminar highlighting the effects of aviation on the human body. Avell also gained proficiency in employing the Gun Aircraft Unit-21 .50-caliber machine gun, which fires over 950 rounds a minute, from the door of the helicopter during offensive and defensive operations.

“When I started working with (Avell), she was only two or three flights into her aerial observer syllabus, and from the start, her level of expertise in the (aircraft) was above what I expected,” said Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Lawrence, a UH-1Y Venom crew chief with VMM-164 (Rein.). “She was hungry for knowledge and everything I taught her, she picked up on quickly.”

Lawrence described Avell’s capabilities as being extremely important, as she is one person doing the job of two. With the qualification as an aerial observer, Avell is able to fill the role of a second crew member and fulfill her duties as an en-route corpsman, reducing the crew from three to two. This makes a significant difference in an aircraft that typically carries only five to six passengers, not including aircrew.

“Because I’m able to fill the role of a crew member, it frees up other crew members to manage other (helicopters) and execute the tactical mission while we are still able to accomplish our casualty evacuation mission,” Avell said.

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, NMRTC Guantanamo Bay is able to practice large scale emergency response ...
11/06/2020
USNH Guantanamo Bay Emergency Management Training Team Turns Back Log into an Edge

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, NMRTC Guantanamo Bay is able to practice large scale emergency response training.

The training is a Bureau of Medicine annual requirement and has taken place over the course of a week, effectively running an emergency code response a day. In addition to traditional hospital emergency code response, NMRTC GB has found a way to conduct the training with COVID-19 safety precautions.

Read More:
https://www.dvidshub.net/news/382093/usnh-guantanamo-bay-emergency-management-training-team-turns-back-log-into-edge

After 6 month training stand-down due to CoVid 19, NMRTC GB performs solid week of emergency response drills with extra pressure of multiple events increasing learning opportunity.

Naval Health Clinic Annapolis
11/05/2020

Naval Health Clinic Annapolis

Rear Admiral (RADM) Anne M. Swap, Director, National Capital Medical Directorate, Defense Health Agency, visited Naval Health Clinic Annapolis on Friday 30OCT. In the photos, RADM congratulates and gives coins to several of our members around the command for their efforts during the pandemic. We were very proud to show off all of their hard work! Photos by LS2 Smith and PSSN Roarx.

“Germ-zapping” robots have landed at NMCCL to combat COVID-19“ NMCCL was the fourth Navy hospital to acquire our robots ...
11/05/2020
“Germ-zapping” robots have landed at NMCCL to combat COVID-19

“Germ-zapping” robots have landed at NMCCL to combat COVID-19“

NMCCL was the fourth Navy hospital to acquire our robots this year,” said Melinda Hart, Director of Media Relations for Xenex. The robots are disinfection systems which use ultraviolet (UV) light to quickly destroy microscopic pathogens found in hospital settings that can cause infections.

“Germ-Zapping” robots have landed at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune. The robots, manufactured by Xenex Disinfection Services, are awaiting their start date at the facility. “NMCCL was the fourth Navy hospital to acquire our robots this year,” said Melinda Hart, Director of Media Relations...

Members of the Italian Red Cross toured U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Naples and met with leadership.
11/02/2020
Italian Red Cross Visits USNH Naples

Members of the Italian Red Cross toured U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Naples and met with leadership.

Members of the Italian Red Cross toured U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Naples and met with leadership on October 5. The visit, facilitated by the American Red Cross Naples Chapter, was the first of its kind and brought to bear the services available by both Red Cross entities and USNH Naples.

NAVY UNIFORM POLICY UPDATE: The Navy has now authorized a new and more recognizable rank tab for optional wear.
10/30/2020

NAVY UNIFORM POLICY UPDATE: The Navy has now authorized a new and more recognizable rank tab for optional wear.

Your concerns have been heard. The Navy has now authorized a new and more recognizable rank tab for optional wear.

Note: The camo version is still authorized for regular wear as is the new option. However, camo must be worn in tactical and training environments when camouflage protection is needed.

NAVADMIN 292/20

SUBJ/NAVY UNIFORM POLICY UPDATE//

RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces an update to the Navy uniform
policy. Navy uniform policy updates directly support Sailor 2025
objectives to attract and retain the very best Sailors by finding
greater flexibility in our policies and practices, including
uniforms. Navy uniform policy updates are the result of Fleet
feedback, command sponsored requests and direction from Navy
leadership. This uniform policy update authorizes optional wear of
the cold weather parka (CWP) rank insignia on Navy working uniform
Type III (NWU Type III) components. Approval of this policy change
is based on the feedback received from the Fleet via the rank
insignia wear evaluation, question of the day video responses
regarding insignia options and ongoing complaints regarding the
limited visibility of the camouflage pattern NWU Type III rank
insignia.
2. Alternate NWU Type III Rank Insignia.
a. Effective immediately, the CWP black slip-on rank insignia
is authorized for optional wear on the NWU Type III parka, black
fleece liner and shirt for E-4 through O-10 personnel unless
otherwise prescribed for tactical operations and training. When
tactical operations or training requires complete camouflage wear,
the NWU Type III camouflaged pattern rank insignia will be worn.
(1) Description. The insignia consists of solid black
fabric with color thread (gold, silver, scarlet) denoting the
wearers rank. The back of the insignia is sewn together in the
center to form a loop which facilitates placement on the NWU Type
III rank tab.
(2) Manner of wear. Slide the insignia right side up on the
rank tab of the NWU Type III parka, black fleece liner and shirt
rank tab.
3. Questions regarding this NAVADMIN should be addressed to Mr.
Robert B. Carroll, Navy Uniform Matters and Emerging Issues Branch
(OPNAV N13X), via e-mail at robert.b.carroll(at)navy.mil,
CMDCM(SW/AW/IW/EXW) Marisol S. Dumlao, Deputy Head, OPNAV N13X, via
e-mail at marisol.dumlao(at)navy.mil or ETC(SW) Ryan P. Cameron,
OPNAV N13X, via e-mail at ryan.p.cameron(at)navy.mil.
4. Feedback and recommendations regarding uniform policy, uniform
components and uniform availability are welcome and can be provided
via MyNavy Portal at https://www.mnp.navy.mil/, select Professional
Resources, U.S. Navy Uniforms and *Ask The Chiefs.* Feedback can
also be provided via the MyNavy UNIFORMS App.
5. Retain this NAVADMIN until policy changes are incorporated in
reference (a), superseded or cancelled, whichever occurs first.
6. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.//
BT

10/30/2020
Navy Outreach - NAVCO

HOOYAH, Hospital Corpsman Cyrillo Silvestre! Check out the Ship2Shore Live Interview with Silvestre, a San Francisco native, who is currently serving at Naval Hospital Jacksonville!

Join us for a Ship2Shore Live Interview with Hospital Corpsman Cyrillo Silvestre, a San Francisco native, who is currently serving at Naval Hospital Jacksonville!

Navy Medicine
10/29/2020
Navy Medicine

Navy Medicine

Decision-Making at the Speed of a Virus: U.S. Navy Surgeon General visits Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center

When meeting with staff, Gillingham shared his gratitude for the work they accomplished throughout COVID-19. He relayed the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations share these sentiments. “The one term Navy leadership has used most frequently when expressing their opinion of your response is ‘impressive,’” he said. “The work this team has done, to help the Navy navigate this pandemic, and remain operational has been fundamental to our success.”

https://www.dvidshub.net/news/381534/decision-making-speed-virus-us-navy-surgeon-general-visits-navy-and-marine-corps-public-health-center

Navy Medicine
10/28/2020
Navy Medicine

Navy Medicine

Naval Hospital Jacksonville and VA offer inpatient care to veterans in Jacksonville

Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System (NF/SGVHS) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have partnered, to provide inpatient care to veterans at NH Jacksonville. The partnership provides an additional option for veterans and their physicians, when an overnight stay at the hospital is needed.

https://www.dvidshub.net/news/381615/naval-hospital-jacksonville-and-va-offer-inpatient-care-veterans-jacksonville

Is your ID expiring? Make an appointment!
10/28/2020

Is your ID expiring? Make an appointment!

BETHESDA, Md. (Oct. 28, 2020) US Navy Surgeon General Rear Admiral Bruce Gillingham receives his annual flu immunization...
10/28/2020

BETHESDA, Md. (Oct. 28, 2020) US Navy Surgeon General Rear Admiral Bruce Gillingham receives his annual flu immunization from US Navy Hospitalman Macie Jones at Walter Reed National Medical Center Oct. 28, 2020.

Receiving the flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19; however, flu vaccination has been shown to reduce the risk of illness and hospitalization from an influenza infection.

Service members should check with their local military treatment facility or medical personnel to find out where they can get their shots.

BETHESDA, Md. (Oct. 28, 2020) US Navy Surgeon General Rear Admiral Bruce Gillingham receives his annual flu immunization from US Navy Hospitalman Macie Jones at Walter Reed National Medical Center Oct. 28, 2020.

Receiving the flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19; however, flu vaccination has been shown to reduce the risk of illness and hospitalization from an influenza infection.

Service members should check with their local military treatment facility or medical personnel to find out where they can get their shots.

Navy Medicine
10/28/2020

Navy Medicine

#NavyMedicine priorities supporting the Fleet and Fleet Marine Force - People - Platforms - Performance - Power.

Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center
10/26/2020

Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center

Thank you to all of our service members currently deployed, their families and friends. Without your service and sacrifice to this nation, we could not sleep securely at night. Check out these simple ways to show support for those overseas!
#DayOfTheDeployed

10/26/2020
Military Health

Thank you to all the #HealthcareHeros that have been bravely serving at #MEDLANT and across #NavyMedicine!

#ICYMI: Healthcare heroes across the #MHS have been bravely serving on the frontlines of the #COVID19Pandemic since early this year to ensure the health and safety of military and civilian patients.

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) welcomed Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham, 39th Surgeon General of the Navy, and Chief,...
10/23/2020
NMCP Welcomes the Navy Surgeon General

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) welcomed Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham, 39th Surgeon General of the Navy, and Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Oct. 21.
This is Gillingham’s first visit to NMCP as the Navy’s Surgeon General, and he toured the medical center’s facilities, observe operations, and spoke to service members and medical staff about the priorities of Navy Medicine.

https://www.dvidshub.net/news/381430/nmcp-welcomes-navy-surgeon-general

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) welcomed Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham, 39th Surgeon General of the Navy, and Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Oct. 21.

DHA-PM 6025.13 may be 381 pages long, but there are 10 key changes for Military Health System clinicians to know about –...
10/22/2020

DHA-PM 6025.13 may be 381 pages long, but there are 10 key changes for Military Health System clinicians to know about – and resources to guide you through implementation! #MHSCQMVisit www.health.mil/CQM to learn more and access resources such as guides and FAQs to support making these changes in your facility. #MHSCQM

Today is National Check Your Meds Day. The Military Health System established the Drug Take-Back program to help benefic...
10/21/2020

Today is National Check Your Meds Day. The Military Health System established the Drug Take-Back program to help beneficiaries properly dispose of their prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.

Read more here https://go.usa.gov/xG4sY

HOOYAH, NMCCL! During the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many departments at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune working aro...
10/20/2020
Navy Medicine

HOOYAH, NMCCL!

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many departments at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune working around-the-clock to ensure our patients and personnel are cared for. When many think of a Medical Center, doctors and nurses may first come to mind, but hospitals and medical centers require many “behind the scenes” teams to operate. NMCCL’s Information Management Department provides the technological tools necessary for our medical teams to care for patients.

READ MORE:
https://www.dvidshub.net/news/380965/we-nmccl-help-us-give-shout-out-our-information-management-team

We are NMCCL! Help us give a shout-out to our Information Management team!

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many departments at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune working around-the-clock to ensure our patients and personnel are cared for. When many think of a Medical Center, doctors and nurses may first come to mind, but hospitals and medical centers require many “behind the scenes” teams to operate. NMCCL’s Information Management Department provides the technological tools necessary for our medical teams to care for patients.

read more at https://www.dvidshub.net/news/380965/we-nmccl-help-us-give-shout-out-our-information-management-team

World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day on October 19th of each year spreads awareness about the impact of musculoskeletal co...
10/19/2020

World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day on October 19th of each year spreads awareness about the impact of musculoskeletal conditions in children.

NMCP Top Supply Officer’s Impactful Pandemic EffortsLt. Cmdr. Stanley Favard, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) Mat...
10/19/2020
NMCP Top Supply Officer’s Impactful Pandemic Efforts

NMCP Top Supply Officer’s Impactful Pandemic Efforts

Lt. Cmdr. Stanley Favard, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) Material Management department head, continues to play a key role in COVID-19 prevention efforts. As COVID-19 continued to spread in the community, and the USNS Comfort was subsequently deployed to New York City, the Supply team needed to add new processes and adapt to the changes at NMCP.

more at:
https://www.dvidshub.net/news/381082/nmcp-top-supply-officers-impactful-pandemic-efforts

Lt. Cmdr. Stanley Favard, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) Material Management department head, continues to play a key role in COVID-19 prevention efforts.

Through Clinical Quality Management, the Military Health System affirms its unwavering commitment to quality of health c...
10/18/2020

Through Clinical Quality Management, the Military Health System affirms its unwavering commitment to quality of health care for beneficiaries, joint health care teams, and Combatant Commands across the globe. #NationalHealthCareQualityWeek

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Admiral Swap, why is it that I can not get an appoinment at Jacksonville Naval Hospital internal medicine until Dec? i served 30 years and I deserve to be treated.