Navy Medicine Support Command Public Affairs (NNS) -- The director of the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps (MSC) observed the organization's 64th birthday during a reception and cake-cutting ceremony at Naval Hospital Jacksonville Aug. 19.
MSC Director Rear Adm. Eleanor Valentin, along with area MSC officers, celebrated the event, which featured a brief history of the MSC, and readings of messages from the U.S. Navy Surgeon General and the Directors of the Hospital Corps, Dental Corps, Medical Corps and Nurse Corps.
Valentin said the importance of Medical Service Corps officers could not be understated, stressing the constantly changing role these medical professionals play in contingency operations, hospitals and clinics around the world.
"What you all do enables the warfighter - those Sailors, Marines, Soldiers and Airmen - actively engaged in areas far from home, to continue to do their jobs," she said. "You're keeping them medically ready and you're keeping their families healthy. That's something the Medical Service Corps has done for more than six decades, and I know we'll continue to be at the forefront of Navy Medicine for generations to come."
The Medical Service Corps is a staff corps of the U.S. Navy, consisting of officers engaged in medical support duties including healthcare scientists and researchers and healthcare administrators.
Valentin said the varying roles Medical Service Corps officers play in today's joint environment stems from the wide range of experience and talent the organization employs, citing enlisted Sailors skills, civilian healthcare knowledge and the wide range of backgrounds as paramount to the MSC community's continued success.
"The corpsmen commissioned as Medical Service Corps officers are crucial to what our Marines and Sailors are doing," she said. "They know and understand how those elements of the U.S. military operate at all levels. Those MSC officers from the civilian healthcare sector bring their knowledge to our Navy way of life and enhance our understanding and relationship with our nation's civilian healthcare systems. The diverse experience of our MSCs enables us to creatively and effectively partner with the Medical Corps, the Nurse Corps, the Dental Corps, and the hospital Corps to proudly accomplish the mission of Navy Medicine."
The Navy Medical Service Corps was created Aug. 4, 1947, by the Army-Navy Medical Service Corps Act of 1947. Originally, the organization had four specialist sections, but has since evolved to encompass more than 31 specialties, and has an estimated 2,800 commissioned officers staffing its ranks.
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