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Capt. Frank P. Peason

Frank P. Pearson
Medical Service Corps, United States Navy
Commanding Officer
Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton

     CAPT Pearson is a native of Monterey, CA. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from A.T. Still University and Master of Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees from Baylor University.

In 1982 he enlisted in the Navy and served as an Electrician’s Mate Second Class (nuclear power trained) aboard the USS La Jolla (SSN 701). Following completion of his Bachelor of Science degree, he reported to the USS Valley Forge (CG 50) serving as Repair Officer during Desert Shield and Desert Storm and Navigator during Operation Restore Hope in Somalia.

In 1993, he lateral transferred to the Medical Service Corps and was selected to attend Baylor University. After completing his Master of Physical Therapy degree he was assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) in 1995. In addition to diverse Division Officer duties, he was part of an Orthopedic department team and provided physical therapy onboard the USS Constellation (CV 64) and USS Independence (CV 62) in port prior to these vessels ever being assigned permanent therapists. He transferred to Naval Hospital Twenty Nine Palms where he served as Division Officer and then as Department Head (DH). In 2002 he returned to NMCSD as Assistant DH and DIVO of nine branch clinics, Command Equal Opportunity Manager and fleeted up to Head, Physical and Occupational Therapy (PT/OT) Department. He was the Command representative during a visit from the President of the United States demonstrating the comprehensive care team approach which laid the foundation for the implementation of the Navy’s Comprehensive Combat Casualty Care Center (C5) program. In 2006 he deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation’s Iraqi and Enduring Freedom serving as physical therapist traveling to four remote camps throughout the region.

In 2007, CAPT Pearson transferred to Naval Hospital Jacksonville serving as PT/OT DH and then Director, Clinical Support Services (DCSS) where he liaised with government and non-government agencies in developing an inclusive program providing family centered patient care and rehab services for Wounded Warriors in the Southeast Region. In 2011, he transferred to NMCSD serving as DCSS managing 800 staff and $144M budget. A champion of enterprise solutions and patient safety, he was credited with overseeing development and implementation of several “first ever” DoD initiatives including an electronic Pharmacy Application, a Nuclear Medicine Pharmaceutical Administration program, a Lung Cancer Screening Program and integration of pharmacists and physical therapists into the Medical Home Port taking disease and musculoskeletal management to never seen efficiencies and purchased care recapture. He was Deputy Force Medical Officer, Naval Special Warfare Command, Coronado, CA from 2014-15.

As Executive Officer Naval Hospital Pensacola in 2015-17, he was credited with establishing the Comprehensive Accreditation and Readiness Evaluation (CARE) patient safety rounds and several unprecedented Joint Commission and Navy Medical Inspector General high reliability “best practices” culminating with best survey in all Navy Medicine for the preceding 3 ½ years.

CAPT Pearson assumed the duties as Commanding Officer of Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton June 14, 2017.

Captain Pearson’s personal decorations and military awards include Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), Combat Action Ribbon and various unit and campaign awards.

CAPT Maria Young, Nurse Corps USN

Maria A. Young
Nurse Corps, United States Navy
Executive Officer
Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton

    A native of Monroe, New York, Captain Young earned her License for Practical Nursing (LPN) in 1987 while completing her high school diploma. As an LPN, she worked on a respiratory step down unit, while earning her Bachelor’s in Science and Nursing from Dominican College. She joined the Navy under the Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program in 1989. In 1991, she began active naval service, as a staff nurse on a surgical ward and then as interim Division Officer (DO) for the pediatric ward at Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton (NHCP). Next she reported to Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan where she served as a staff nurse on a multi-purpose unit and then as DO for the Ambulatory Procedure Unit.


     In 1997, she transferred to Naval Ambulatory Care Center Port Hueneme and ultimately served as Department Head (DH) for the Branch Medical Clinic at Point Mugu. In July 2000, Captain Young transferred to Naval Hospital Twenty-nine Palms (NHTP), California and was the Commands Utilization Manager, Clinic Manager for the General and Orthopedic Surgery Clinics and DH of Managed Care. During her tour at NHTP, she established the command’s first dashboard/Business Goal Team and completed her Masters Degree in Business Administration. She transferred to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in 2003, serving as DO for a Specialty Surgery Ward and then Bone and Joint Associate Service Line Leader. In July 2006, she returned to Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan this time as Risk Manager and then DH, Quality Management. During this tour, she became the command’s expert on Joint Commission (JC) readiness. In 2009, Captain Young returned to NHTP as the Director Healthcare Business. Simultaneously she served as the Interim Director of Nursing Services (DNS) (15 months), Interim Director for Surgical Services (6 months) and Interim Director for Branch Clinics (5 months). From 2013-2016 she served as the DNS Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan. Captain Young returned to NHCP where she is currently the Executive Officer.

      Captain Young holds a Masters in Business Administration from National University and is a member of the National Navy Nurses Association. Her personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (5) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (1).

CMC (SW/AW) Myla Presco

CMDCM (SW/AW)
Myla Presco
United States Navy
Command Master Chief
Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton

     Master Chief Petty Officer (Surface Warfare/Air Warfare) Myla Presco is a native of Cavite, Philippines. She enlisted in the Navy in September 1992 and attended Basic Training at Recruit Training Command in Orlando, Florida.


     Master Chief Presco's first duty assignment was onboard USS SAMUEL GOMPERS (AD-37) as a Seaman. During this tour, she completed a six month Western Pacific deployment before reporting to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Four (NMCB Four) in Port Hueneme, CA. In February 1997, she reported to Naval Regional Contracting Center (NRCC), Singapore as Fleet Logistics Support Representative. Upon completion of her tour, she reported to USS ESSEX (LHD-2) in San Diego, CA. While onboard the ESSEX, she completed various deployments including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in EAST TIMOR and FOAL EAGLE, as well as a successful HULLSWAP with USS BELLEAUWOOD (LHA-3) in Sasebo, Japan. In 2002, she was selected to Chief Petty Officer. 


     In March 2003, she reported to Commander Naval Personnel Command in Millington, TN, where she served as a Storekeeper detailer and was selected to Senior Chief Petty Officer. Her next assignment was onboard forward-deployed USS COWPENS (CG-63) in Yokosuka, Japan as the Supply Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. During this tour, she completed various deployments to include ANNUALEX, FOAL EAGLE, EXERCISE TALISMAN SABER, VALIANT SHIELD 2007 off the coast of Guam, and US-Japan EXERCISE KEEN SWORD 2008.


     In November 2009, she completed an IA/GSA tour with the staff of CENTCOM Deployment Distribution and Operations Center as the Senior Enlisted Advisor, deployed to Kuwait in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. She reported to NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella in December 2010 serving as the Senior Enlisted Leader until her selection to Master Chief Petty Officer. In February 2012, she was selected for the Command Master Chief Program.


     In June 2012, she assumed the duties of Command Master Chief for USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (DDG-81) in
Norfolk, VA. During this tour, she completed a nine-month deployment to the FIFTH Fleet area of responsibility with the DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER and JOHN C. STENNIS Carrier Strike Groups, as well as a short deployment with the THEODORE E. ROOSEVELT Carrier Strike Group.


     In June 2015, she assumed the duties of Command Master Chief for Naval Hospital in Camp Pendleton.


     Master Chief Presco is a graduate of the Navy's Senior Enlisted Academy and Command Master Chief Course in Newport, RI. Her personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (7 awards), Good Conduct Medal (5 awards) and various unit and campaign awards.