USS Ronald Reagan Medical Department Sets Fleet Readiness Standard


Story Number: NNS051025-04Release Date: 10/25/2005 11:25:00 AM
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By Photographer's Mate 3rd Class (AW) Christopher Brown, USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- USS Ronald Reagan's (CVN 76) Medical Department set the standard for U.S. Pacific Fleet medical readiness aboard aircraft carriers by scoring a 98 percent on the Medical Readiness Inspection (MRI) Oct. 11-13.

According to Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman (AW/SW) Alfred Lamb, Reagan Medical Department leading chief petty officer, the department earned the highest score ever received by an aircraft carrier.

"It took a lot of hard work and dedication from the corpsmen and officers," he said. "There were a lot of training evolutions, late nights and long working hours."

"I'm really proud of my guys. My corpsmen and officers pulled together and did a phenomenal job," said Lamb.

While maintaining the highest medical standards of readiness can be a difficult task for any Navy ship, maintaining those standards within a department that cares for the crew the size of a small city is even more difficult.

"It took an all-hands effort from the bottom of the chain of command all the way to the top," said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class (SW) Japheth Tillman. "We put our name out there as the best carrier on the West Coast."

The MRI is part of the Blue "M" competition, which recognizes the Navy's best medical departments in the fleet.

The formal inspection, conducted by the force medical officer, is designed to determine whether the ship's medical department can effectively carry out its assigned tasks, has adequate facilities, equipment and supplies, and complies with directives from higher authority. Once the three-day inspection is completed, the medical staff is given an overall medical readiness rating.

With more than half of the requirements toward the Blue "M" Award complete, the Reagan medical department has raised the bar for this year's competition in the fleet.

Reagan is currently underway in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in preparation for the upcoming deployment cycle.

For related news, visit the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn76/.

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