Naval Medical Education and Training Command Established

Story Number: NNS020909-02Release Date: 8/30/2002 4:04:00 AM
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From Bureau of Medicine & Surgery Public Affairs

BETHESDA, Md. (NNS) -- Naval Medical Education and Training Command officially arrived Aug. 27 during a ceremony held in conjunction with the Surgeon General's Senior Leader Conference held in Arlington, Va.

Rear Adm. Nancy Lescavage, Nurse Corps, takes the helm as the command's first Commander. She relieves Capt. David Wade, Medical Corps, who was the Commanding Officer of NMETC's precursor command, Naval School of Health Sciences Bethesda.

Wade will take over as the Fleet Surgeon at U.S. Naval Forces Europe.

According to Navy Surgeon General Vice Adm. Michael L. Cowan, Medical Corps, one of the reasons NMETC was established is to align with the Chief of Naval Operations' transformation through Task Force EXCEL.

"This will make education a core piece of what we do and integrate it into helping us develop our processes," said Cowan. "It will make (health and medical) education a visible part of the entire structure."

Lescavage will continue to have the additional duty as the director of the Nurse Corps.

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