BETHESDA, Md. (NNS) -- One of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery's premier learning centers was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation Feb. 16 for its unparalleled support of contingency operations around the world.
The Naval School of Health Sciences (NSHS) San Diego, consolidated into the tri-service Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) in June 2011 as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) commission initiative. It was recognized for graduating 3,500 officer and enlisted healthcare providers between July 2006 and June 2011, all actively engaged in humanitarian missions, combat operations and at medical facilities throughout Department of Defense facilities.
Former NSHS Commanding Officer Capt. Debra Ryken said the award symbolizes the cooperation and teamwork for which BUMED is known, epitomizing the standard by which the NSHS previously operated and transferred to METC.
"This award marks both the justly due recognition of the collaborative toil of every member of NSHS as well as our irrefutable hard-earned anchorage in the tri-service harbor," she said.
The consolidation of Navy, Army and Air Force medical enlisted training is the largest in Department of Defense (DoD) history, making METC the world's largest military medical education and training institution.
According to the citation, NSHS San Diego personnel received the highest accreditation during that period, developed the Advanced Dental Assistant Program and aggressively championed the life-saving impact of the Navy Trauma Training Course and the crucial role that unique team training process has in war-time operations.
Former NSHS San Diego staff additionally spent hundreds of thousands of man-hours to develop more than 13,000 pages of tri-service curricula for METC, supporting the training requirements for the estimated 32,000 students annually.
The Meritorious Unit Commendation is a mid-level unit award presented to commands displaying exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service, heroic deeds or valorous actions.
Navy enlisted medical training in San Diego began when the West Coast Hospital Corps School moved from Naval Training Station San Francisco in 1928. The San Diego school was later closed from 1932-1935 and has resided in several locations since then. Advanced classes were taught at Hospital Corps School until the school's evolved mission resulted in the formal recognition of the Naval School of Health Sciences July 1, 1974.
The former NSHS San Diego was disestablished in May 2011, with many of the facilities courses transferring to METC.
Naval School of Health Sciences San Diego previously reported to Navy Medicine Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education Command (NMMPTE), a subordinate command of Navy Medicine Support Command. NMMPTE was recently reorganized and is now the Navy Medicine Professional Development Center (NMPDC).
NSHS, NMPDC and NMSC are part of the Navy Medicine team, a global healthcare network of 63,000 Navy medical personnel around the world who provide high quality health care to more than one million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ship, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.
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