SG’s Message – What Navy Medicine Leadership is Thankful For

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Esteemed Colleagues,

As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the opportunity to support our patients, our warfighters, and our great nation.  I am thankful for the opportunity to work with all of you in Navy Medicine.  Thanksgiving Day for many will be an opportunity to enjoy time with family, friends, and eat good food.  For some, your enjoyment will be a call or live stream video with loved ones.  I ask that each of you take a moment to give thanks to those who support and encourage you.  There will be many shipmates throughout Navy Medicine who will be standing the watch at sea, supporting the Marine Corps, manning wards and clinics, or our ongoing mission throughout the country and around the globe.   Please remember to thank them for their continued dedication and sacrifice. 

Next week FORCM Roberts and I will be traveling to Washington State and Montana to thank a few more of our shipmates who deployed on short notice to help communities in need.  I fully realize that in order to support these missions, the workload at our Military Treatment Facilities also increases – so THANK YOU for carrying on our mission of taking care of Sailors, Marines, and family members while others are away.  Whether we were putting shots in arms at vaccination sites, providing scientific and evidence-based data to patients so they could make informed decisions, or providing patient care at overtaxed community hospitals – we have made a significant difference; we have earned the thanks of a grateful nation.

As we enter the holiday season, we know the days can be fun and joyful, but they can also be a source of stress.  Please be aware of others who may need extra support and reach out to our fellow Sailors.  Even through great difficulty we can find something to be grateful for.  Gratitude is an important foundation of good mental health so please pause and reflect on all that you can be thankful for.  For my part, I am immensely grateful to all of you for the great work you are doing across all of our platforms in these very dynamic and challenging times.  Your contributions to the mission everyday directly support the defense of our Nation’s precious freedoms. Freedoms for which we should all rejoice.

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

Stay safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

With my deepest gratitude, SG

Bruce L. Gillingham, MD, CPE, FAOA


Surgeon General, U.S. Navy

Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

ASD(HA) Thanksgiving Message

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MHS Colleagues:

As we come upon Thanksgiving, I’ve been thinking about family ­- from my own to all the families of those who make up the Military Health System.

It’s because of your heroic efforts that many families everywhere, however that may be defined, are able to be together this week. For many, it’ll be the first time they have shared a meal and enjoyed each other’s company in more than a year.

Far too many families have been torn apart by COVID-19, but our work within DoD and in the civilian sector has been critical in saving lives and keeping families intact. You’ve not only treated those affected by the virus, but our ongoing vaccination efforts are preventing further spread, allowing us to continue our national security missions, and importantly, preventing hospitalizations and deaths. As we approach the deadlines for service member and federal civilian vaccination, I’m hopeful that we are turning another important corner in our battle against COVID-19.

Your work supporting Operation Allies Welcome and Operation Allies Refuge has also ensured that loved ones are staying together. Like generations before them, our Afghan allies have sought the security and support of our country and we are welcoming them with open arms. Families are now able to call our nation home, and the redeeming spirit of America continues.

This past year tested our communities like never before. For the MHS, that’s when we shine.

You stepped up and put your own interests aside to serve others. Our personnel worked countless hours, often away from their own families, in support of these and many other critical, life-saving efforts. And all while continuing to ensure the readiness of our military to fight anywhere, anytime.

So on behalf of families everywhere this Thanksgiving, thank you.

Of course, thank you also for leading by example and getting vaccinated. I know we can do even more. For those of you who are eligible, please consider getting a booster to assure continued protection against COVID-19 and limit the virus’ spread. For our MHS parents, as a pediatrician and a mom, I ask that you consider getting your children vaccinated and protected against COVID-19. Boosters and pediatric vaccines are free and widely available in the MHS.

I hope you’ll spend this well-deserved time with your families and those closest to you. Rest and recharge, but also take a moment to reflect on all that you’ve achieved. It’s a lot, and all our DoD senior leaders are incredibly grateful for your work.

Happy Thanksgiving.


Terry Adirim, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.

Performing the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense – Health Affairs

Department of Defense

NOV 2021 Navy Medicine Fast Facts

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Here is an informative PDF file that summarizes all that Navy Medicine has to offer:

BUMED Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) Position

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The BUMED CMIO position is opening in Summer 2022 and we are looking for a relief. See attached PD for requirements. Interested applicants should send a CV/Bio to the Senior Detailer, CAPT Wayne Smith, by COB 6 DEC 2021.