Help Me Apply for Promotion at USUHS

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Help a brother out. I’m working on my USUHS promotion package to try and get promoted from Associate Professor to Professor of Military & Emergency Medicine. In order to get promoted, you must have an Educator’s Portfolio, which includes a section on Mentoring and Advising. For that section, I must list people I’ve advised and mentored over the years.

If you feel that I have advised or mentored you, perhaps in person or via this blog, please give me the following information so I can include it in my portfolio. You can use the contact me page or e-mail me at jschofer <at> gmail <dot> com.

I need your:

  • Name
  • Rank, Corps, and service, if applicable (CDR, MC, USN, for example)
  • Period of time I advised/mentored you (only the years is fine)
  • Your role/position at the time I advised/mentored you
  • The topic I advised/mentored you on
  • Your current position
  • A list of achievements that I helped you achieve through my advising/mentorship

This seems terribly self-serving, and for that I apologize, but I see no better or easier way to collect his information for my portfolio. Thanks for considering.

MOAA – Don’t Dismantle Military Medicine

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I’m a lifetime member of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) because they look out for our hard earned benefits on Capital Hill and their communication keeps me informed about what’s going on with military and veterans benefits. At this point, I’d find it hard to believe that readers don’t know what is going on with proposed cuts to military medicine, but just in case this PDF from them summarizes things fairly well. You might want to check it out if the issue is new to you:

MOAA – Don’t Dismantle Military Medicine

You can also read all the articles on this here:

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Academic Year 2019-2020 Naval War College Fleet Seminar Program JPME I

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Here is the NAVADMIN. This is how I got my JPME I, and I’d highly recommend it:

R 241349Z APR 19





RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the Naval War College (NWC) Fleet Seminar
Program (FSP) which offers intermediate level Joint Professional Military
Education (JPME-I) through a set of three courses: Strategy and War (S and
W), Theater Security Decision Making (TSDM), and Joint Maritime Operations
(JMO), offered at multiple locations. Each course normally requires one
academic year to complete, which runs from September through the following
All three courses are not offered simultaneously at all locations.
There is no tuition fee and course materials are provided on a loan basis at
no cost to students.

2. The NWC FSP will be offered in 19 regional locations in the United States
for academic year 2019-2020. Planned locations and courses are:

a. Annapolis, MD (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
b. Dahlgren, VA (TSDM)
c. Everett, WA (TSDM)
d. Fort Worth, TX (TSDM)
e. Great Lakes, IL (JMO)
f. Jacksonville, FL (TSDM and JMO)
g. Kitsap, WA (JMO)
h. Mayport, FL (S and W)
i. Millington, TN (JMO)
j. New Orleans, LA (TSDM)
k. Newport, RI (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
l. Norfolk, VA (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
m. Patuxent River, MD (JMO)
n. Pearl Harbor, HI (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
o. Pensacola, FL (Whiting Field) (S and W)
p. Port Hueneme, CA (JMO)
q. San Diego, CA (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
r. Washington, DC (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
s. Whidbey Island, WA (S&W)

3. FSP courses are similar in content and delivery methodology to the
intermediate level program of study offered by the resident College of Naval
Command and Staff in Newport, RI. Seminars for each course meet once a week
in the evening for approximately 34 weeks, commencing in early September 2019
and ending in May 2020.
Successful completion of all three courses results in the award of a College
of Naval Command and Staff diploma, as well as credit for JPME-I. The FSP
seminars at all locations are conducted in-step each week so it is possible
for a student who is transferring to or assigned temporary additional duty at
another seminar location to attend class at that location.

4. NWC accepts program applications from commissioned officers (active and
reserve) and civilian employees of the federal government, subject to the
following eligibility requirements
a. Members of the sea services (Navy, Marine Corps and Coast
Guard) in the pay grade of O-3 or above, while officers from the other
services must be in the pay grade of O-4 or above. Civilian employees of the
federal government in the grade of GS-11 and above, or equivalent, are also
eligible for enrollment.
b. All applicants must have previously earned at least a baccalaureate

5. Qualified individuals currently stationed in areas listed in paragraph
two, or those who expect transfer to those sites prior to 1 September 2019
are encouraged to apply.

6. NWC will make enrollment selections and accepted applicants will be
advised of their enrollment status via email.

7. More information is available and applications must be submitted on the
NWC College of Distance Education FSP website available at
(NWC Academic Programs link). The application period will close on
31 May 2019.

8. Request widest dissemination of the above information. Regional
coordinators at the sites listed in paragraph two are requested to pass this
information to all Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard units and
all reserve units located within safe-driving distance of an FSP seminar.

9. Points of contact are Ms. Stephanie Accaputo who can be reached at (401)
841-7677/DSN 841 or via e-mail at fsp(at)usnwc.edu, Ms. Kelly Folger who can
be reached at (401) 841-6520/DSN 841 or via e- mail at fsp(at)usnwc.edu and
Professor Ronald Oard who can be reached via e-mail at oardr(at)usnwc.edu.

10. This message will remain in effect until superseded or 31 May 2019,
whichever occurs first.

11. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//


Navy Surgeon General Testifies Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations

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Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general and chief, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, provided the following opening remarks to the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Defense, during a hearing April 3 on the Fiscal Year 2020 budget request for the Defense Health Program. Remarks as prepared by Vice Adm. Forrest Faison can be found at this link:

Navy Surgeon General Testifies Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations