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Navy Medicine announces the sailor of the year
WASHINGTON - From left to right: Hospital Corpsman
1st Class Sean LaBarbera, U.S. Navy Bureau of
Medicine and Surgery; Hospital Corpsman 1st Class
Subrina Strauss, National Capital Area; Hospital
Corpsman 1st Class Oswaldo Hernandez (Navy
Medicine Sailor of the Year 2011), Navy Medicine
Support Command; Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Scott
Moore, Navy Medicine West; and Hospital Corpsman 1st
Class Phillip Jean-Gilles, Navy Medicine East, hold the
‘Care Under Fire’ trophy at the Navy Medicine Sailor
of the Year ceremony, BUMED, Washington DC. Dec. 9.
U.S. Navy photo by Gary Corpuz/Released.

Navy Medicine announces the sailor of the year

From Navy Medicine Support Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON - Navy Medicine Support Command announced Dec. 14 a senior instructor supervisor at the Navy Medicine Training Center (NMTC) at Fort Sam Houston was selected as the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery's (BUMED) Sailor of the Year.

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SW) Oswaldo Hernandez was selected from a field of other candidates from Navy Medicine's four regional commands - Navy Medicine Support Command (NMSC), Navy Medicine East, Navy Medicine West and Navy Medicine National Capitol Area - an accomplishment NMSC Command Master Chief (SW/FMF) Rusty Perry said reflects both the hard work and dedication Hernandez puts forth on a daily basis.

"Hernandez is the epitome of what the Chiefs Mess expects from our first class petty officers in the Navy today," he said. "For him to be selected as the BUMED Sailor of the Year speaks volumes of him. This is a Sailor who believes in what the Navy is today. Like Corpsmen and Sailors serving all over the world at sea, in hospitals and clinics, and with forces engaged in contingency operations around the world, he is the future of this great Navy."

As an Echelon 3 command, NMSC maintains oversight of NMTC, an echelon-five command that functions as the Navy's service element at the tri-service Medical Education Training Campus (METC). NMTC Command Master Chief (FMF) Shanon Best said Hernandez's selection is directly reflective of the work ethic, core values and initiative he employs.

"He's a great Sailor and exemplifies excellence in all he does," he said. "He embodies the attributes and skills that the Navy needs, and his work ethic is admirable and sets the example for others to follow. We are proud to have him as a staff instructor at Navy Medicine Training Campus."

Hernandez, a native of Mexico, currently serves as an instructor for the NMTC Mammography Imaging Systems Course, and also is the senior instructor supervisor for 16 other Sailors. He also mentored and counseled students during the 54-week course, directly resulting in a 100 percent passing rate.

He additionally took an active role in coordinating off-duty specialized training, serves as the NMTC assistant command fitness leader, and he is a member of the NMTC First Class Petty Officers Association, Multicultural Committee and NMTC soccer team. Off-duty volunteer work included organizing a clothing donation drive, participating in Habitat for Humanity projects and volunteering for a San Antonio-area Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

NMTC 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.