CDR Greg Cook
Commander Cook is a native of McKenzie, Tennessee. He was commissioned into the Navy’s Medical Service Corps as an Industrial Hygiene Officer in December 1993 after graduating from Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety & Health.
After completing Officer Indoctrination School, Newport, RI, he was assigned to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia and served as a staff Industrial Hygiene Officer. He reported onboard the USS ENTERPRISE in 1996 as Assistant Safety Officer and established an unparalleled 26-month record of zero class “A” or “B” mishaps.
In 1998, he completed his Master of Science in Environmental Health from Old Dominion University and transferred to Naval Hospital Okinawa. As Department Head of Industrial Hygiene, he improved efficiency by reducing survey reporting times from 126 to 23 days and served as Officer-in-Charge of the CBRNE Decontamination Team and Command Crisis Response Team. In 2001, he reported to Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity (SIMA) Mayport, Florida where his environmental program was awarded the White House Closing the Circle Award – A Model Facility Demonstration. He was designated a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager in 2002.
He was selected to attend the Uniformed Services University in 2003 and completed a PhD in Environmental Health Science in 2007. He subsequently served as an Assistant Professor and awarded a $90,000 research grant collaborating with the FBI in directing forensic and chemical agent detection research. He reported as the Chief of Medical Concept Development, U.S. Joint Forces Command in May 2008. He successfully transitioned a $56 million real-time disease outbreak detection and identification demonstration and an $18 million joint medical support and evacuation demonstration into enhanced warfighter capabilities.
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one gold star, and Navy and Marine Corps Navy Achievement Medal with two gold stars, in addition to various unit and service awards.
The Naval Safety and Environmental Training Center developed out of the NAVSEA Safety School in Bloomington, Indiana which was founded in 1967 to teach weapons and explosives safety training for the Naval Weapons Support Center in Crane, Indiana. In 1970 the school's mission was expanded to include all aspects of shore occupational safety and health training. The school was renamed teh Naval Safety School in 1987 reporting to Chief of Naval Technical Training (CNTECHTRA) as a detachment of Service Schools Command in Great Lakes.
In September 1991, the Naval Safety School was disestablished as a detachment and relocated to Norfolk, VA as a separate command. Building renovations on the School's new classroom facility were completed and the first classes offered in October 1993. The mission was expanded in early 1994 to include shore and afloat occupational safety and health, hazardous material control and management, and afloat environmental protection training. In June 1994 the School's name changed to the Naval Occupational Safety and Health, and Environmental Training Center, and Echelone III command reporting directly to the Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET).
In May 1995 the school opened a new classroom facility at Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, California, giving the command training sites on both coasts. In Decemeber 2000 the San Diego training site relocated to a larger building at Naval Station San Diego. At the same time the Norfolk site expanded into another building to support four additional classrooms. In 2003 Naval Safety and Environmental Training Center was transferred reporting directly to the Commander, Naval Safety Center. Also in 2003 the first Video Teletraining (VTT) classroom was installed in Norfolk followed by a VTT classroom in San Diego.
In 2006 the school centralized VTT training delivery in SAn Diego with two VtTT classrooms on each coast. The school also eliminated three computer classrooms and reduced its footprint in Norfolk down to three classrooms.
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