CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (NNS) -- U.S. Navy Surgeon General and Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, visited Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton as part of a larger Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton visit, Dec. 6.
Although a previous commanding officer at NHCP, this was Faison's first official visit as the surgeon general.
While visiting the hospital, Faison met with leadership, spoke to hospital staff during an admiral's call, enjoyed lunch with 20 hand-picked staff and junior Sailors, and toured the facility.
During the admiral's call, Faison thanked all of the corpsmen and supporting staff for their hard work throughout the years.
"You make a difference in the lives of men and women who come to us with needs, and who come to us with pain," said Faison. "The Navy and Marine Corps functions each day because Navy Medicine is there to ensure those Sailors and Marines are healthy, on point, and on the job. You make that happen, and I could not be more proud of you."
Faison spoke further on the vital role Navy Medicine plays in supporting the mission and answered questions from staff on topics such as professional certifications to assist Sailors transitioning into the civilian sector, the transgender policy, and trends affecting health care.
Before concluding the admiral's call, Faison left Sailors with three expectations.
"Be worthy of the trust that is placed in your hands and the privilege of caring for America's sons and daughters, be worthy of the uniform you wear, and be worthy of the privilege of leadership," said Faison. "If you can do those three things for me, I don't have any worries about the care our patients will get, about our ability to support the nation, or about the future of Navy Medicine; but it all starts with you."
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