Commanding Officer

A native of Illinois, Captain Via graduated from Millikin University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1987. In 1985, he enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve as a Hospital Corpsman. In 1987, he was discharged from the Navy Reserve and entered active duty as an Ensign at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, where he obtained his Doctor of Medicine in 1991.

Via was assigned to the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., as a transitional intern. He subsequently attended the Naval Undersea Medical Institute in Groton, Conn., and Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City, Fla. He was assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit TWO as department head and Diving Medical Officer, and also served on the Commodore’s staff of Combat Support Squadron EIGHT. He received his Submarine Medical Officer Qualifications prior to returning to residency in 1995.
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Darin K. Via
Captain,
Medical Corps,
United States Navy

Executive Officer

Capt. Bradford L. Smith is originally from St. Louis. He attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1988. He received his commission as an ensign through Aviation Officer Candidate School as a Naval Aviator in 1989, earned his wings of gold and flew the F/A-18 “Hornet.”  He went on to earn a Master’s of Arts in Biology with a focus in molecular and cell biology from Washington University in St. Louis in 1994, and then his Medical Doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 1998 through the Health Professions Scholarship Program. He completed his residency training in pediatrics at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Va., in 2001 and is board certified in pediatrics.

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Bradford L. Smith
Captain,
Medical Corps,
United States Navy

Command Master Chief

Master Chief VanDall was born in Holyoke, MA and graduated from Chicopee Comprehensive High School. He enlisted in the Navy through the Delayed Entry Program October 1989. In October 1990, he attended Basic Training at Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois and Hospital Corpsman “A” School. Upon graduation his first assignment was to Naval Hospital Corpus Christi, Texas.

His subsequent tours included: student Naval School of Health Science, Surgical Technician “C” School, student Field Medical Service School Camp Lejeune , 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Force Service Support Group , more...

Aaron B. Vandall
Master Chief (EXW/FMF/SW)
United States Navy

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