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Navy Surgeon General Visits NPC 


By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrea Perez, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Navy Surgeon General Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan visited Navy Personnel Command (NPC) Feb. 9 to show his support for the command's medical missions.

“The surgeon general’s visit benefited the NPC medical community by affording the NPC team an opportunity to meet with him, ask direct questions and receive real-time feedback on specific issues,” said Lt. Cmdr. Ron McGillvery, medical officer placement, NPC.

As a former specialist assignment officer for the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Nathan expressed his appreciation for the day-to-day hard work and selfless service that’s continuously demonstrated by the NPC team’s service to the fleet. 

"I'm here to demonstrate that as the new Navy surgeon general, I really recognize the importance of our personnel management, recruiting programs, assignment programs and community management programs,” said Nathan.  “On an absolute day-to-day basis, it is hard to measure what they do, but over the long run of Navy medicine, these people have more investment and make more difference than any other sector. So I'm here to show my support because I consider them to be vital to the success of Navy medicine."

In addition to conducting an all-hands call for all medical personnel stationed throughout Naval Support Activity Mid-South and providing his guidance and vision for the future of Navy Medicine, Nathan conducted office calls with the new NPC commander, Rear Adm. Cynthia Covell; Rear Adm. Michael White, NPC assistant commander for Career Management; Rear Adm. Earl Gay, commander, Navy Recruiting Command; and visited NPC’s records support division.

 “Vice Adm. Nathan’s visit reiterated the significance and importance of the NPC distribution process in supporting the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery’s goal of delivering timely healthcare support to the fleet by providing his vision and direction on the way ahead for Navy Medicine,” said McGillvery. 

Nathan is the 37th surgeon general of the Navy and chief of the Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.

Nathan also served as commander, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Navy Medicine, National Capital Area where he was the Navy component commander to the largest military medical integration and construction project in Department of Defense history.

Nathan is board certified and holds Fellow status in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He also holds an appointment as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is a recipient of the American Hospital Association “Excellence in Leadership” award for the Federal Sector.

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