Force Master Chief Visits Carl Vinson Crew

Story Number: NNS080527-09Release Date: 5/27/2008 12:32:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Philip Schrickel, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- The force master chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, visited the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) May 19.

Force Master Chief (FMF) Laura Martinez, toured the ship's health service facilities and visited with assigned hospital corpsman.

"They definitely have their work cut out for them," said Martinez. "Everyone seems focused and motivated. I hear nothing but good things about Carl Vinson."

Capt. Lee Mandel, Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Fleet Surgeon, explained the "Gold Eagle" health services department is upholding optimal levels with the medical services it provides for Carl Vinson's crew. Mandel referenced results from the ship's medical surveillance inspection, which he conducted aboard in January.

"Carl Vinson did incredibly well with the inspection," said Mandel. "The inspection here was living proof that Carl Vinson's medical team has set a standard of excellence while operating out of the shipyard."

During the tour, Martinez also spoke to health services Sailors about the expectations of being a Navy hospital
corpsman, and the challenges that go along with serving in the medical career field.

"I am inspired by the path that Force Master Chief Martinez has made for all of the junior corpsmen," said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Sierra Walker, a member of the "Gold Eagle" dental team.

Chief Hospital Corpsman Eric Geter noted Martinez is a great role-model for all Navy corpsman to look up to.

"It was great to have an opportunity to interact with the most senior corpsman in the Navy," Geter said.
"She's a great example for all of us."

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