NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER – Naval Medical Readiness and Training Command Patuxent River today held a change of command ceremony, where Captain Jeremy J. Hooker relieved Captain David F. Thomas.
Hooker leads the command and its four clinics and pharmacies: Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River and Indian Head, Dahlgren and Joint Base Andrews sub-health clinics. Command has 302 active duty, civilian, and contract personnel and provides medical care to 12,000 beneficiaries via 279 chartered commands at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Naval Support Activity in South Potomac and Joint Base Andrews.
Admiral Matthew Case, Commander of the Atlantic Naval Medical Forces, presided over the ceremony, which was held at the Moffett Building and had 120 guests. The ceremony was also broadcast live on Facebook.
The case thanked the captain and their families, introduced the staff and commented on the leadership’s important mission in Naval Aviation Support. He also described the highlights of Thomas’ leadership, including his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The COVID pandemic was probably the most challenging time in our history,” Case said. “But under David’s leadership, he was able to navigate through that, take the team and move on.”
“Thank you for choosing your service. Thank you for your service par excellence all these years,” Case added. “As you close this chapter of your military career and move on to the next, you should be proud of your accomplishments, my friend, and your commitment to service. As you move on, know that your Navy family, your nation, is forever grateful to you and your family for your sacrifices in fair winds and after seas.” “
Thomas, a member of the US Navy’s Nursing Corps, took command of the Naval Medical Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) on Patuxent River on September 25, 2020, and has led through unprecedented challenges. During the COVID-19 pandemic, staff have performed more than 1,300 COVID tests, delivered more than 13,700 vaccines and deployed to Queens, New York, to help the defense support civilian authority COVID vaccination efforts.
During Thomas’ tenure, leadership completed a successful Joint Commission Survey, and received full accreditation and certification as a medical primary care home. Moved to the Defense Health Agency (DHA) as part of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and began preparations for the implementation of the DHA Electronic Medical Records System, Military Health System Configuration, which will become operational in March 2023. He was awarded the Retention Excellence Award by the Office of the Navy for Medicine and Surgery in 2020 and 2021 and the Naval Surgeons Health and Wellness Promotion Award for 2020.
Under Thomas’ command, NMRTC Patuxent River deployed sailors in support of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay and Operation Allies Refuge in the fall of 2022 USNS Comfort deployment, and developed the first tactical combat casualty care program, conducting 15 classes for 160 students.
Following this command tour, Thomas will retire from the US Navy with 32 years of service.
During his remarks, Thomas thanked his family, Executive Officer Captain Josephine Nguyen, Command Chief Elwin Familiar and each department for their work over the past two years.
“Thank you all,” said Thomas. “I realize there are a lot of people to thank, and TKN, which is my philosophy, wouldn’t be right or kind or necessary, if I jumped off this stage without thanking every single one of you for the work you’ve done and what you meant to me over the past two years.”
Hooker is a member of the US Navy’s Nursing Corps and comes to NMRTC Patuxent River after an executive officer’s tour of the NMRTC Great Lakes. He is a 27-year-old Marine veteran who served from Yokosuka, Japan, to Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Upon taking command, Hooker thanked his family, mentors, and military and civilian leadership staff for their warm welcome.
“I really look forward to our mission and commitment to provide a medically ready force to support the naval aviation community while ensuring a medical force ready to take on the Navy mission and fight tonight if necessary. We will be ready,” Hooker said. and safe for all of our patients while maintaining the physical and mental health of our team. People are the most valuable asset we have in our military success and we must not forget that, behind every sailor and sailor, there is a family. By doing so, we will strive to achieve the utmost in professionalism, and uphold our core maritime values of honor, courage and commitment in everything we do.”
Click here to view the programme, including the biographies of Case, Thomas and Hooker.
The Naval Medical Readiness and Training Command includes the Patuxent River Naval Health Clinic (NHC), the Dahlgren Naval Medical Readiness and Training Unit, the Naval Medical Readiness Command and Training Detachment, and the Naval Medical Command’s Joint Base Andrews. It is located at NHC Patuxent River, located at 47149 Buse Road, Building 1370, Patuxent River, Md. For more information, visit paxriver.tricare.mil. Follow NMRTC Pax River on social media at facebook.com/NHCPaxRiver, facebook.com/BHCIndianHead, and NHCPaxRiver (Instagram).
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