SG Message – Thank You for Standing Holiday Watch!

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Esteemed Colleagues:

As we prepare for the upcoming holiday season I’d like to offer special appreciation to those who are currently deployed, selflessly standing the watch to preserve our precious freedoms and to those who have stepped up to take holiday duty so their shipmates can be with their families. As a world-wide 24/7/365 operation, Navy Medicine couldn’t carry out its mission to project medical power for naval superiority without your dedication and mission focus-THANK YOU!

Also, remember that the holidays can be a stressful time.  We ask that you continue to look after your shipmates; never underestimate the positive impact your actions can have on those who may be in need of support and understanding.

The coronavirus remains a challenging and persistent adversary, and we appreciate everything you’ve done to keep Sailors, Marines, military family members, and our fellow citizens safe.  We are immensely grateful for all the incredible work you have done across all our platforms during these busy and trying times. Your patients are enjoying the holidays with their families because of your compassionate and expert care. Well done!

On behalf of the entire Navy Medicine Leadership team, we wish you a safe and restful holiday and look forward to seeing you next year energized and ready to surmount whatever new challenges come our way.  Please take a moment to click on one of the links below to watch a holiday video message from the FORCM, DSG, and myself.  There are “special scenes” at the end that you don’t want to miss 😎

Navy Medicine Holiday Video:

— Navy Medicine DVIDS (Gov’t Computer Access):

— Navy Medicine YouTube Channel:

— Navy Medicine Facebook Page:

Happy Holidays!

With my deepest gratitude, SG

Bruce L. Gillingham, MD, CPE, FAOA
Surgeon General, U.S. Navy
Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

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