SG’s Message – A Time of Thanks for Your Selfless Service!

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Esteemed Shipmates,

Greetings all! Last week FORCE and I travelled to Cartagena, Colombia to meet with our Shipmates aboard USNS COMFORT as she executed CONTINUING PROMISE 2022.  It was a busy and rewarding trip and we saw firsthand the incredible work our One Navy Medicine team continues to do as a matter of routine. Two, of many great examples,  include: 

·         Cardiologist CAPT Nellie Linz and HM2 Dillon Davis who led an effort to address a backlog of echocardiograms at the Cartagena Naval Hospital. The Hospital normally has cardiology support only one day a week and our folks were able to lend a much needed hand.

·         COMFORT members provided a wheelchair to a 13-year old child suffering from cerebral palsy. This small act had a meaningful impact on this young girl’s entire family.  Up until this point the mother was the primary mode of transportation and regularly carried her child everywhere.

In Navy Medicine, humanitarian missions remain among some of the most meaningful deployments for our people and those we serve. We make a positive difference not only for the United States and our Allies but also in the lives of our fellow human beings.  Whether its Continuing Promise, Pacific Partnership, or another HADR effort, we are fortunate to be able to serve a greater good.  Navy Medicine is lucky to have so many great people who regularly place the mission and others before themselves.

The trip reinforces all that we have to be thankful for. We should never lose sight of all that our Country takes for granted – like having a wheelchair when needed.

So as we celebrate and reflect upon Thanksgiving this week, I am thankful that I have had the privilege to serve nearly 40 years in the world’s greatest Navy. I am thankful that I live in a land where opportunity is a given. And as always, I remain THANKFUL to all of you for your SERVICE and your DEDICATION.

On behalf of the entire Navy Medicine Leadership Team, I cannot express our gratitude enough for all that you do to for care for our Sailors, Marines, their families – and people from all around the world.  We are grateful and thankful for you! 

As we celebrate with family and friends this week let’s offer a special prayer for the safety of those currently deployed defending our freedoms and the blessings that these freedoms provide every day.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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