Story by Angela Ciancio (original link here)
WASHINGTON (NNS) – Vice Adm. C. Forrest Faison, III, the Navy’s 38th Surgeon General, celebrated the culmination of 39 years of active duty service at a retirement ceremony at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC, Oct. 25, 2019.
Secretary of the Navy, Richard V. Spencer presided over the ceremony, and former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, USN (Ret.), gave remarks.
“I’m particularly grateful for the steady hand Admiral Faison provided in our military medical transformation efforts, strengthening readiness and increasing maneuverability. Thanks to his efforts and the hard work of all of our Navy medical professionals, the Department is better prepared to confront a complex world & respond wherever needed,” said Spencer.
The ceremony commemorated both Faison’s career as well as the role of Navy Medicine in the support to the daily readiness of the Fleet and Marine Corps.
“It has been the privilege of a lifetime to honor the trust placed in our hands by those we serve and their families,” said Faison. “The Navy Medicine team is ready and dedicated to doing everything within our power to provide those we serve with the best care our nation can offer so that each Sailor and Marine can return home safely and alive.”
A native of Norfolk, Virginia and Cleveland, Ohio, Faison graduated from Rocky River High School in Cleveland. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forrest University in 1980 and received a commission as a Naval officer through the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in 1980, completing his medical degree in 1984 at USUHS. He is also a board certified and a Distinguished Professor of Military Medicine and an associate clinical professor in pediatrics.
During his tenure as Surgeon General, Faison led the way as Navy Medicine redefined itself from a primarily military treatment facility-based care model to a readiness focused, critical wartime enterprise in support of operational medical platforms and enhanced Fleet and Marine Corps Operational unit integration.
Among his many contributions to improving Navy Medicine, Faison dedicated himself to ensuring Hospital Corpsmen were prepared to fight tonight as he directed a comprehensive review, rewrite and update of the Hospital Corpsman “A” school curriculum. His attention to the Hospital Corpsman trauma training curriculum leveraged civilian partnerships to augment the clinical and trauma training experiences to better prepare warrior caretakers for casualty responses.
He established the Navy’s Global Health Specialist Program to ensure professionals who have global health experience, skills and training receive specialized certifications to fill key positions across the Department of Defense, interagency and international communities. As part of this effort, Navy Medicine successfully conducted a trauma collaborative exchange with the government of Vietnam to provide emergency medicine services. The resulting effort strengthened allied medical trauma capacities and provided Navy medical teams the opportunity to sustain their trauma skills in an unfamiliar and resource-constrained environment.
Faison also led the first deployment of the Department of Defense’s $4.3 billion electronic health record system “MHS GENESIS” at Naval Hospital Bremerton and Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor, Washington. The new computer system will be implemented at all military medical facilities to manage health information in a single health record across the continuum of care for service members, veterans, and their families.
As Faison retires, Rear Adm. Terry Moulton will serve as the Acting Navy Surgeon General until a new Surgeon General is confirmed.
“As I close this chapter of almost 40 years of service, I know our Navy and Marine Corps is in good hands because they are in your hands. I know you will continue to do what you have always done since the founding of our nation: honor the trust,” Faison said. “I wish each of you all life’s blessings ahead and please know that you go forward with my deepest thanks and admiration for all you do.”
Navy Medicine is a global health care network of 63,000 personnel that provide health care support to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, their families and veterans in high operational tempo environments, at expeditionary medical facilities, medical treatment facilities, hospitals, clinics, hospital ships and research units around the world.