Flag announcements

Navy Medicine Flag Officer Assignments

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Rear Adm. (lower half) Rick Freedman will be assigned as director, Education and Training, Defense Health Agency, Falls Church, Virginia.  Freedman is currently serving as director, Medical Systems Integration and Survivability, N44, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.

Rear Adm. (lower half) Darin K. Via will be assigned as deputy chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; deputy surgeon general of the Navy; and director, Medical Resources, Plans and Policy Division, N0931, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.  Via is currently serving as commander, Naval Medical Forces Atlantic, with additional duties as director, Tidewater Market, Portsmouth, Virginia.

Navy Announces 2-Star Reserve Pick – Congrats to RADM(s) Pamela Miller, MC, USNR

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Flag Officer Announcement May 26, 2022

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced today that the president has made the following nomination:

Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Pamela C. Miller for appointment to the grade of rear admiral. Miller is currently serving as command surgeon, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.

New 1-Star Flag Assignments Announced (and Both Will Be Corps Chiefs)

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Capt. Matthew Case, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as commander, Naval Medical Forces Atlantic, with additional duties as director, Tidewater Market; and chief of the Medical Service Corps, Portsmouth, Virginia.  Case is currently serving as executive assistant to the surgeon general of the Navy, Washington, D.C.

Capt. Guido F. Valdes, selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as commander, Naval Medical Forces Pacific, with additional duties as director, San Diego Market; and chief of the Medical Corps, San Diego, California.  Valdes is currently serving as deputy commander, Naval Medical Forces Atlantic, Portsmouth, Virginia.

Latest Medical Flag Promotions Announced

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The ALNAV message finally came out and made this official. Congrats to our newest RDMLs:

  • RDML(s) James Hancock, MC, USN
  • RDML(s) Timothy Weber, MSC, USN

Congrats also goes to RDML Gayle Shaffer for picking up her 2nd star!

Medical Flag Officer Promotions

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The Congressional site just revealed who our latest flag officer promotions are. Congratulations to:

Medical Corps – RDML(s) James L. Hancock

Medical Service Corps – RDML(s) Timothy H. Weber

Dental Corps – RADM(s) Gayle D. Shaffer

Next Medical Corps Admiral Announced – Congrats to RDML(s) Darin Via

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Flag Officer Announcements
Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis announced today that the president has made the following nominations:

Navy Capt. Darin K. Via has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Via is currently serving as command surgeon, U.S. Central Command, Tampa, Florida.