The USNS COMFORT (TAH 20) is seeking qualified applicants to serve as Full Operating Status (FOS) Directors. This is an outstanding opportunity to lead Sailors in this rewarding, high operational tempo environment. Specific requirements are identified in the attached position descriptions:
Applications are due 9 JAN 2019. Interested applicants will provide the following items:
- Letter of intent
- CO’s endorsement with statement acknowledging the time commitments (you have to be in the Norfolk, VA area as you need to be local to the COMFORT)
Packages submission instructions are in the announcements above.
Here are the details:
- Rank required: CAPT/CAPT(s)
- Additional skills: Fluency in Spanish is preferred.
- Report date: March 2019
Interested parties should submit their packages to CAPT Christopher Quarles (contact info is in the global) as soon as possible because nominations are due NLT 17 DEC 2018.
Here are the three opportunities. Your Detailer is the POC if interested:
1. CATF Surgeons/OICs Norfolk and San Diego, 2 on each coast needed.
–Deployed leadership opportunity for an O5/O6 to serve as the Senior Medical Authority Afloat. Fleet Surgical Team OICs serve as the Subject Matter Experts (SME) in maritime Health Service Support and typically report to Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) Commanders or Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG) Commodores. Supervising a team of 18 personnel, your role is to ensure that your team and assigned ARG ships’ Medical Departments are ready to deploy aboard LSD, LPD and LHD/LHA class warships to provide damage control surgical services, Intensive Care support, resuscitative support, en route care, blood bank management services, and behavioral health support. In addition, while underway you will serve as the Commander, Amphibious Task Force (CATF) Surgeon, responsible for coordination of health services support across multiple ships at sea. Position open to all medical specialties.
2. SMO’s needed for both Sub-tenders AS Emory Land and ES Frank Cable homeported in Guam.
–Support of 2-Tender Rotational Deployment model, alternating with one in support the submarine squadron and the other is forward deployed to support subs on mission and provide maintenance/logistics to any forward operating vessels. The SMO must be able to provide primary care to AD sailors (thus GMO credentials for non-primary care specialists). Additional medical staff responsible to the SMO: UMO, Sub IDC, and Surface IDC on board. Additionally the SMO’s leadership will assist in cases that benefit from an experienced provider who can determine which medical cases can be managed on board, utilizing remote host nation care, or which require ISOS MEDEVAC.
3. 3rd MLG Surgeon, Okinawa Japan.
–The 3D Marine Logistics Group (MLG) Surgeon is the Senior Medical Advisor to the CG either directly to the CG or via the Chief of Staff. The MLG Surgeon has direct medical oversight over all of the General Medical Officers and Independent Duty Corpsmen and works with the Health Services Support Officer (G-3) to coordinate and validate medical coverage of all operations and training evolutions along with all Class VIII materials across the AOR. Requires GMO credentials for non-primary care specialists. Also collaborates with both the 3d Medical and Dental Bn CO’s on Health Services related missions and taskers for 3d MLG. The 3d MLG Surgeon also serves as the liaison between the Command and The Medical Officer of the Marine Corps via the III MEF Surgeon and MARFORPAC Surgeon. Coordinates with other MSC Surgeons as well as the Naval Hospital Okinawa and host/guest nation military medical personnel on matters affecting Medical Readiness, Evacuations and other requests for information from the Commanding General and his/her Commanders.
BLUF – This is a new senior leadership billet for an O-6 in the PCS window. The report date is Jan 2019 to New Orleans. The position description is here:
Here are some more details:
Job: MARFORRES Force Surgeon (3 Star staff)
Location: New Orleans
Fill date: Jan 2019
Requirements: 0-6 Medical Corps with USMC experience
This is a nominative position that will be vetted by the Council of Corps Chiefs and
approved by the SG. Officers must have enough time on station at their current duty
station to execute a PCS move. If you are unsure, check with your Detailer.
All interested officers need to send CDR Melissa Austin and/or CAPT Christopher Quarles a CV and Bio no later than 28 Sept 2018. Both their e-mail addresses are in the global.
Here’s the latest list of “fair share” billets I pulled off the Medical Corps sharepoint page. Of note, they are called “fair share” because each specialty gets their fair share of them (or at least that’s what I was always told). Contact your Detailer if interested:
|Position||Command||Homeport||Rank||Traits||Fill date||Tour length|
|Student||Naval War College||Newport, Rhode Island||CDR||JPME1 completed||Summer Annually||One year|
|Physician researcher||Naval Medical Research Center||Silver Springs, Maryland||All ranks||Researcher qualified||Summer 2019||Three years|
|SMO||AS 39 EMORY S LAND||Guam||CAPT||Primary Care Skills||Summer 2019||Two years|
|SMO||FRANK CABLE||Guam||CAPT||Primary Care Skills||Summer 2019||Two years|
|Group Surgeon/SMO||NCG2 (Seabees)||Gulf Port, MS||CDR||Primary Care Skills||May-19||Three years|
|REGT SURGEON||8MARREGT 2MARDIV||Camp LeJuene, NC||LCDR||Primary Care Skills||Summer 2019||Two years|
|REGT SURGEON||3MEDBN 3MLG||Okinawa, Japan||LCDR||Primary Care Skills||Summer 2019||Two years|
|DEPT HEAD||CVN 73 GEO WASHINGTON||Norfolk, VA||LCDR||Primary Care Skills||WINTER 2018/Spring 2019||Two years|
|DEPT HEAD||CVN 75 H TRUMAN||Norfolk, VA||LCDR||Primary Care Skills||Summer 2019||Two years|
|DEPT HEAD||CVN 70 VINSON||Bremerton, WA||LCDR||Primary Care Skills||Summer 2019||Two years|
|SMO||LHD 7 IWO JIMA||Mayport, FL||LCDR/CDR||Primary Care Skills||Summer 2019||Two years|
|SMO||LHD 3 KEARSARGE||Norfolk, VA||LCDR/CDR||Primary Care Skills||Summer 2019||Two years|
|SMO||LHA 6 AMERICA||San Diego, CA||LCDR/CDR||Primary Care Skills||Summer 2019||Two years|
|SMO||LHD 4 BOXER||San Diego, CA||LCDR/CDR||Primary Care Skills||Summer 2019||Two years|
|DIR HS/GHE||NMTSC F DT SA||San Antonio, TX||CAPT/CAPT(s)||GHE experience||Summer 2019||Three years|
|GROUP SURGEON||3d MLG Surgeon||Okinawa, Japan||CDR/CAPT||Leadership/FMF||August 2019||Two years|
|WING SURGEON||2d MAW Surgeon||Camp LeJuene, NC||CDR/CAPT||Leadership/FMF||July 2019||Two years|
|Director of Public Health||HQMC Jul 19||Arlington, VA||CDR/CAPT||Prev Med/Public Health||July 2019||Three years|
Here are some reasons to consider taking this billet:
- They’ve been trying to fill this for a while, so potentially a senior O4 could use this to advance their career since they’d be filling a senior billet. Having trouble promoting to O5? This could push you over the edge at the promotion board.
- Because they are about to draft someone for this if no one volunteers, you could negotiate for sweet follow-on orders. For example, “I’ll do this if you send me to ________ (fill in the blank) for my next tour.” I think that is a reasonable approach if you jump on this grenade.
- You’ll earn a warfare device that opens up all sorts of future opportunities for your career.
What: Senior Medical Officer Position, USS AS EMORY LAND
When: AUG 2018 with training ISTOP 20-31AUG for SAMFE then to Guam.
Support of 2-Tender Rotational Deployment model, where one tender remains in Guam to support the submarine squadron and the other (AS F CABLE) is forward deployed to support subs on mission and provide maintenance/logistics to any forward operating vessels.
The SMO must be able to provide primary care to AD sailors (thus GMO credentials for non-primary care specialists). Additional medical staff responsible to the SMO: UMO, Sub IDC, and Surface IDC on board. Additionally the SMO’s leadership will assist in cases that benefit from an experienced provider who can determine which medical cases can be managed on board, utilizing remote host nation care, or which require ISOS MEDEVAC.
This is a unique and rewarding leadership opportunity. If you are interested please reach out directly to your MC Detailer.
Here is a Navy Times article that discusses embedding mental health providers with operational units:
This scenario of being primarily assigned to an operational unit is probably increasingly likely for many specialties in the future, which is why I posted it. With the increased focus on readiness, if you don’t want to spend a good portion of your career in support of the operational forces, then you are probably in the wrong organization.