Happy birthday! Here is RDML Hancock’s message, and the other birthday messages are here:
Dear Medical Corps Colleagues,
It is my honor to represent you, the nearly 4,300 physicians on active duty and in the reserves on the occasion of our 149th birthday! Let us continue to reflect on our respected Corps and our noble profession that has served the Navy, Marine Corps, and Joint Commands around the globe for 149 years. As you carry on the proud tradition of Navy Medicine, realize that everything you do as medical professionals continues to ensure that the defenders of our nation, past and present along with their family members have received the best health care our country has to offer. We are an unparalleled medical force that stands ready to support any operational requirement that arises in the future whether it be on land or at sea.
The Medical Corps has a proud and time-honored tradition of providing the highest quality healthcare to our Sailors, Marines, and their families. We have stood the watch in diverse environments whether it be operational or at a military treatment facility; setting the standard for compassionate-care, unswerving service and exceptional leadership and professionalism. As our operational environment evolves we continue to advance the innovations of military medicine. Our Graduate Medical Education programs and your continued dedicated mentorship and guidance within our community have ensured the next generation is ready to carry the tradition of excellence and ensuring the readiness of our warfighters. As the Corps Chief, I am proud to serve with you- and for you!
My heartfelt gratitude to you all as we celebrate another year of exemplary service to our Corps, our Navy and Marine Corps comrades-in-arms and our Country. Happy Birthday!
JAMES L. HANCOCK
Rear Admiral, Medical Corps
United States Navy