Navy Medicine Support Command to Reorganize

Story Number: NNS120705-17Release Date: 7/5/2012 3:12:00 PM
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From Navy Medicine Support Command Public Affairs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- The Bureau of Medicine and Surgery's (BUMED) sole point of accountability for Navy Medicine education, training, public health, and human-resource management for Sailors and Marines around the world will be reorganized July 15 in response to a BUMED initiative to streamline operations.

Navy Medicine Support Command (NMSC), commissioned Nov. 1, 2005, is scheduled to be renamed as the Navy Medicine Education and Training Command (NMETC) July 11 during a change of command ceremony aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. The former NMSC's responsibilities will also re-scope as NMETC, focusing solely on the BUMED education and training mission.

Personnel initially employed at NMSC will become part of the NMETC staff, and individuals whose positions realign to BUMED Headquarters will remain in Jacksonville, Fla., as part of BUMED Detachment Jacksonville, another entity created through this administrative realignment.

Functions necessary to the overall BUMED mission, however, will remain unaffected by the process, something NMSC Commander, Rear Adm. Eleanor Valentin, said is imperative to Navy Medicine's more than 1 million eligible beneficiaries.

"This realignment simplifies the BUMED organization structure and chain of command, and helps create a more effective command and control," she said. "The new structure provides senior-level representation to help ensure Navy equities are maintained in military health care's increasingly joint environment. This will also help Navy Medicine better align operational and strategic activities."

Valentin also said NMSC, an Echelon-3 command designed to provide administrative support to subordinate commands around the world, will not disestablish, adding that the realignment stems from U.S. Navy Surgeon General Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan's vision of streamlining Navy Medicine into a more effective, efficient and responsive organization that improves accountability, and command and control.

Nearly 150 service members, and Department of Defense (DoD) and contract employees work at the NMSC headquarters as NMSC staff members and members of several Navy Medicine-wide program offices as part of a designated region under the BUMED hierarchy. Along with Navy Medicine East, Navy Medicine West and Navy Medicine National Capital Area, NMSC has served over the past almost seven years as a regional-level command, directly reporting to BUMED on matters ranging from research and development to training to medical supply systems. Valentin said that aside from Unit Identification Code changes, reporting senior signatures for administrative purposes and other clerical shifts, NMSC personnel should remain largely unaffected.

"Navy Medicine values it employees and is committed to making the reorganization process transparent and seamless," she said. "I believe this realignment of key support functions and commands will improve efficiency and effectiveness."

NMSC's current education and training, public health and Navy Medicine-wide program responsibilities will shift to either NMETC or BUMED. The NMETC Detachment Jacksonville will provide administrative, facility and other support services to personnel assigned to a BUMED Detachment Jacksonville.

Although transparent to other organizations, Valentin said this realignment maintains a positive endpoint for Navy Medicine beneficiaries, stressing that training, support to operational platforms on and under the sea, in the air and forward deployed U.S. Navy medical professionals will still receive the unparalleled support NMSC has historically provided.

NMSC, through July 15, will maintain oversight of the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, the Navy Medicine Professional Development Center, and Navy Medicine Operational Training Center, and provide support services to Naval Medical Logistics Command, the Naval Medical Research Center and the Navy Medicine Information Systems Support Activity, all Echelon-4 commands.

NMSC is part of the Navy Medicine team, a global health care network of 63,000 Navy medical personnel around the world who provide high-quality health care to more than 1 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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