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
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
Medical Corps,
United States Navy

Command Master Chief

Master Chief Anderson was born and raised in a small town in Oregon and joined the Navy in June 1987 and attended Boot Camp and Hospital Corps School in San Diego, CA.  After Field Medical Service School at Camp Pendleton, he transferred to 3D Marine Division and was assigned to 3D Battalion, 12th Marines.  Assigned as Battery Senior Corpsmen for Echo 2/10 and Charlie 1/12 he deployed throughout the Pacific Rim.  In August 1990 he was transferred to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines for Desert Shield/Desert Storm.  Upon returning he was re-assigned to 4th Battalion, 12th Marines until disbanded.  He assumed the Leading Petty Officer position at 12th Marines Regimental Aid Station and was advanced to HM2.,


Eric S. Anderson
Command Master Chief (FMF/SW/AW/DV), 
United States Navy

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