Surgeon General

SG’s Op Order – Medical Power for Integrated Naval Superiority

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Navy Medicine Shipmates,

In early November, I issued my SG’s Day One guidance and outlined how Navy Medicine will optimize to project medical power in support of Naval Superiority. I also promised that I would provide more detailed guidance on each of my priorities and the steps that we will take to build the Navy Medicine that our Nation needs to ensure that we prevail in any future fight. Attached you will find my operational order that describes the ideal end state for each of Navy Medicine’s priorities and charts the course that we will take to achieve these outcomes. I have also included a graphic version of these priorities for your reference and to help you carry the conversation to your work center. As a member of the One Navy Medicine team I am counting on your leadership, influence and personal commitment to help breathe life into these initiatives and bring them to full operating capability.

Thank you for your tireless efforts, professionalism and dedication to our Navy and Marine Corps team. I look forward to getting your feedback and seeing you on the deck plate.

-SG Sends

(Here is a link to a PAO summary of the OPORD as well.)

SG’s Talking Points from Specialty Leader Business Meeting

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Here are the SG’s talking points from last week’s Specialty Leader Business Meeting in one slide:

SG’s Talking Points for MC SL Business Meeting

Day 1 Messages from the New SG, RADM Gillingham

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Esteemed Shipmates,

I am honored and privileged to serve as your 39th Surgeon General of the Navy. Attached you will see an outline of my priorities, and the course that we will sail together. Take a moment to review and discuss this information with your Shipmates, reflecting on how YOUR actions contribute to maritime superiority. As a high reliability organization, your active engagement and feedback will be critically important to our continued success. More detailed guidance will be forthcoming. As always, thank you for everything you do for our warfighters and their families.

I look forward to seeing you in the fleet!

SG Sends


Here also is a video from the SG:

RADM Bruce L Gillingham Introduction

SG’s Farewell Message

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As I complete my tour as your Surgeon General and almost 40 years of military service, I want you to know how proud I am of Navy Medicine and each of you for all that you do every day to care for those who have or are sacrificing and serving to defend and protect us.  You don’t do it for money, for fame, for glory…..or for any other reason than to help those in need and I am proud of you beyond words.   I asked you to do three things:

–          Honor the trust that is placed in our hands every day by those we serve and their families to do all in our power to provide them the best care our nation can offer and, one day, return them home safely and alive.   Providing that care doesn’t just occur in our medical centers, hospitals, clinics, sick bays, or aid stations… also occurs in our labs in the research we are doing to protect the force, in our support commands in the work they do to ensure our commands have what they need to honor the trust, and in our training commands as we train and prepare those who will not only safeguard that trust but will, one day, take our place on the watch.

–          Honor the uniform you wear.   We represent life, hope, caring, compassion, and strength to countless thousands around the world today whose lives have been saved or improved by Navy Medicine.  That uniform is not only the military uniform of our active and reserve shipmates, it is also the civilian uniform that our civilian colleagues wear every day.   All of you have dedicated your lives to service and all of you carry on that tradition and heritage that is the hallmark of Navy Medicine: selfless service to others.

–          Honor the privilege of leadership.  Each of you is a leader and, as leaders, we put an additional trust in your hands:  our future.    As leaders, you guide, groom, mentor, and prepare those shipmates of our team entrusted to you who will, one day, take your place on the watch.  Like those we serve, every one of them has family back home who is hoping, praying, and depending on us to care for them, watch out for them, and, one day, return them home safely as well.   It is a trust that must be earned every day and I am so proud of each of you and all you have done, and continue to do, every day to honor that trust.

These have also been times of incredible change as we have witnessed what is becoming the most significant changes to military medicine in over 50 years.   With change comes both concern over what the future will be….but also prospects of realizing a better future that, while different from one we might have imagined, is filled with promise and opportunity in allowing us to better honor that trust, preserving and protecting that force to which we have dedicated our professional careers.    Despite the change and uncertainty, you have persevered and kept focus on what’s important:  those we serve.   You have also taken advantage of the opportunities that change presents us and I am so proud of all you have done.   Innovative programs like Connected Corpsmen in the Community, Value Base Care for primary care, Corpsmen Trauma Training, amazing advances in medical research in all our labs, innovative changes to curriculum and training to better prepare our shipmates for service and for making a difference, to name just a few, all bear witness to your commitment, your ingenuity, your dedication to those we serve.

Now, more than ever, our nation needs a strong military and, in particular, a strong Navy and Marine Corps.   We have, and always will be, a maritime nation.  We live in tumultuous times and in a world that is far from stable or at peace.   A Navy and Marine Corps that is healthy, ready, and on the job to be where it matters, when it matters, is vital to our national security, our prosperity, our way of life, and our ability to pass on to our children the greatest gift we will ever leave them:  freedom.    Every day, you ensure that force is healthy and on the job to protect our nation and our interests around the world, whether that is deterrent presence, humanitarian assistance, disaster response, or operations against those who would attempt to undermine and defeat us….you are there to protect and preserve that force and I am proud of each of you for the magnificent job you are doing.   You are making a difference!

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.    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.  Thank you shipmates and may God, in His love and wisdom, bless each of you as you have blessed my family and I with the privilege and honor of serving with you.

Godspeed and safe journeys ahead!



Forrest Faison III, M.D.


Surgeon General, U.S. Navy

Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

Vice Adm. C. Forrest Faison, III, Retires as Navy’s 38th Surgeon General

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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.

Surgeon General Statement on Military MTF Transition

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RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN provides Sailors and their families with information 
about the transition of Navy military medical treatment facilities (MTF) to 
the Defense Health Agency (DHA).  The Department of Defense Military Health 
System (MHS) is undergoing a transition as administration and management of 
the Services' hospitals and clinics are transferred to DHA.  This is 
occurring over several years with a goal envisioned by Congress that the MHS 
become a more standardized and a more integrated system of healthcare 
services.  The Services have been working closely with DHA on the details and 
specifics of this transition.

2.  This transition should be seamless to you.  During this transition, you 
should see no immediate impact to access, healthcare services, or the things 
you and your families need.  As this is a new role for DHA, the Services have 
continued, and will continue, to provide support and assistance to ensure our 
MTF's remain fully functional, and there is no immediate impact to care or 
services during transition until DHA is able to assume full administrative 
and management responsibility.  Likewise, our Fleet and Fleet Marine Force 
Commanders should see no changes in Fleet or Fleet Marine Force support.  
Medical and medical support services required for operational support, all 
personnel who provide those services, and all uniformed personnel will remain 
within the Navy lifelines and under Navy control.

3.  This transition is a multi-year effort, which started for the Navy in 
October 2018 when Naval Hospital Jacksonville transferred under DHA's 
administration and management.  On 1 October 2019, more Navy MTFs in the U.S. 
will transition to the DHA.  OCONUS MTFs, in a phased approach, will 
transition after all CONUS facilities, with the transfer of administration 
and management completed no later than 30 September 2021.

4.  As we shift administration and management responsibilities of these MTFs 
to DHA, it will create opportunity for Navy Medicine to increase focus on 
operational support and keeping Service Members healthy and on the job.  It 
will also enable us to enhance focus on unit support during sustained high 
tempo operations while creating opportunities for us to better prepare the 
medical force to deliver high combat survival and support in the future.  We 
make a commitment to every Sailor, Marine, and their family that we will 
provide them the best care our nation can offer and do all in our power to 
return them home safely and alive.   This transition will assist us in 
honoring that commitment.

5.  For additional information, contact your local MTF or ask your care 
providers.  More information on the overall initiative can be found at

6.  We at Navy Medicine will always honor the trust placed on us to provide 
the best care possible to those who defend our freedom and their families.  
Wherever a Sailor or Marine goes, Navy Medicine will always be there.  My 
commitment is to keep you fully informed as this continues.  Thank you so 
much for the trust and faith you place in Navy Medicine every day.

7.  Released by Ms. Steffanie B. Easter, Director, Navy Staff.//


U.S. Navy Surgeon General Visits Europe to Discuss Readiness and Medical Health Care Transition

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By Petty Officer 1st Class John Kotara, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general and chief, U.S. Bureau of Medicine and Surgery discussed the future of Navy Medicine, and plans to prepare medical personnel for the next fight, while visiting Rota, Spain, and Naples and Sigonella, Italy, July 17-23.

Faison, accompanied by Force Master Chief Hosea Smith, Hospital Corps director, spoke with leaders and Sailors at Naval Hospital Rota, Naples and Sigonella about important changes occurring within the military health system, in particular the transition of all military treatment facilities (MTFs) to the administration and management of the Defense Health Agency (DHA).

“These changes that are occurring,” said Faison, “will allow Navy Medicine to shift our focus from managing buildings and health care benefits to ensuring its people, doctors, nurses, and hospital corpsmen have the skills and experience to keep Sailors and Marines, healthy, ready, and on the job. This transition will allow us to promote Navy Medicine readiness across the world.”

During the multi-day trip, Faison had the privilege to conduct facility tours, admiral’s calls and leadership briefings.

“There is no greater responsibility than then to provide a highly trained medical force that is ready and prepared to save the lives of our nation’s armed forces,” Faison said. “We had a 97 percent survival rate coming out of Iraq and Afghanistan, the highest in all our history, and we had every conceivable advantage, including uncontested air superiority, aeromedical evacuation on demand, seamless communications, and our hospital corpsman, the most important asset on the field.”

Faison explained these advantages may not exist in the next conflict if adversaries are near-peers who can also project sea power. That’s why Navy Medicine has to be prepared for a very different threat and challenge.

Partnerships that prepare Navy Medicine’s Sailors for future conflicts can build on the successes of existing ones, such as Hospital Corpsman Trauma Training, a Navy Medicine program where hospital corpsman have gained hands-on trauma experience at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, and the University of Florida Health Jacksonville.

“We must show that we are worthy of the trust that is placed in our hands,” said Faison. “We are the ones that care for the 1% of individuals that freely volunteered to uphold our freedom and democracy of this land, and we will do whatever we can to help these military members carry on, in order to defend this country and return them home to their loved ones.”

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.