CAPT Kathleen Hinz, NC, USN
A native of Manasquan, New Jersey, Captain Kathleen Hinz graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1981. After two years of public school teaching and college coaching, Hinz enlisted in the Navy in September 1983.
Hinz completed Basic Training in Orlando in November1983, Hospital Corpsman “A” School in March 1984 and Surgical Technologist “C” School in November 1984. From 1984 through 1991, she served as a Surgical Technologist at Naval Hospital Oakland, Branch Medical Clinic Naval Air Station, Fallon, Nevada, and Naval School of Health Sciences (NHSHS), San Diego. While at NSHS, she was selected for the Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program. She graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and Master of Arts degree in Education. Hinz was commissioned Ensign, U.S. Navy Nurse Corps in May 1994 and reported to Officer Indoctrination School.
Hinz’s first Nurse Corps assignment was Naval Hospital Millington, Tennessee, from 1994-1996 where she served on the inpatient Mental Health Unit. From there, she was selected for the Navy’s Perioperative Nurse training program, which she completed in August 1996. Hinz then reported to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia for duty from 1996-2001. She left Portsmouth and reported to the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland, where she led the Command Training Team and continued her passion for perioperative nursing from 2001-2004.
In March 2003, Hinz deployed on the USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Hinz was then assigned to U.S. Naval Hospital Rota, Spain from 2004-2007. While in Spain, she served as Perioperative Department Head, Command Managed Equal Opportunity manager (CMEO), Operational Goal Team Leader, Infection Control Officer, Hospital Corpsman Skills Basic Instructor, Perioperative Policy Goal Team Leader and Associate Professor, University of Maryland University Europe.
In March 2008, Hinz returned to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and continued her devotion to fairness and equality as the Command Managed Equal Opportunity Manager. While at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, she was selected to serve as the Associate Director of Surgical Services from June 2011 through December 2012. In 2013, Hinz completed an Individual Augmentee deployment to Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where she served for nine months as the Senior Nurse Executive. Her most recent assignment was as Director of Mental Health, U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan.
Hinz’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and Good Conduct Medal (2).