SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general and chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) announced the 2016 Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC) of the Year award winners during day three of the Armed Forces Operational Medicine Symposium (AFOMS) in San Diego, June 12.
Of the 72 nominations received, four winners were selected.. This year's winners are:
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Rendel E. Cano, USS Benfold (DDG 65), as 2016 Surface Force IDC of the Year;
Chief Hospital Corpsman Michael J. Rodriguez, USS Florida (SSGN 728), as 2016 Submarine Force IDC of the Year;
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Joshua M. Hervas, Naval Special Warfare Group Logistics and Support Unit 1, as 2016 Expeditionary IDC of the Year; and Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Joshua A. Beard, Surface Warfare Medical Institute, as 2016 Shore IDC of the Year.
"This award is to recognize all of the IDCs and the great things they do in all aspects and settings. They are on surface, shipboard, expeditionary, out in front of the tip of the spear and they're back at our shore installations taking care of our patients," said Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Andrew Chubb, IDC program manager. "So this is one of the ways we can recognize them for all the things they do, that go without a simple thank you."
Both appreciative and humble about his award, Hervas credited his winning as a community achievement rather than a personal one. "It's such a great community and there are a lot of deserving people there. I feel like I'm taking it on behalf of the entire community, because it's the work that we do together rather than as one individual. It feels more like I'm taking it for all of the IDCs."
Shore winner, Beard, also recognized how the community helped him achieve this award and gave some advice to future IDC of the year nominees.
"I couldn't have been recognized without a whole bunch of people behind me and I would say just continue to be hungry and humble. Take care of your people and make everything around you better and eventually someone will notice," Beard said.
For IDC winners who were unable to attend, representatives from their type commands (TYCOM) accepted the awards on their behalf.
IDCs have been serving in locations where medical officers and medical facilities are not readily available since their creation in 1944. Nominees for the IDC of the Year awards are judged on performance traits from the last year including technical competency, leadership excellence, well roundedness and contributions to the Navy mission.
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