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CAPT Blivin

A native of Murray, Kentucky, Blivin graduated from Murray State University, Kentucky (summa cum laude) in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics. While a student there in 1984, Admiral Kinnaird Rowe McKee, director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion, selected Blivin as an Exceptional Student for the U.S. Navy Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate program.

Following completion of his initial nuclear power and submarine training, Blivin served as nuclear engineer and submarine qualified officer aboard the San Diego-based USS Barb (SSN 596), a Permit-class attack submarine, 1988-1989; and the San Diego-based USS Drum (SSN 677), a Sturgeon-class attack submarine, 1990-1991. On USS Barb he served as the chemistry and radiological controls officer. While deployed to the Northern Pacific, he participated in special operations before the Barb’s decommissioning at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton. After transferring to USS Drum he undertook duties as sonar officer and completed a Western Pacific deployment. He also participated in RIMPAC multinational task force exercises.

Subsequent to submarine service, Blivin served as the director for Nuclear and Engineering programs, Navy Recruiting Area One in Scotia, New York, and then resigned his line officer commission and was recommissioned U.S. Navy ensign in the Naval Medical Corps as a Navy Health Professional Services Scholarship medical student in 1993.

Blivin received his Doctor of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicines in 1997. He completed family medicine residency training in 2000 at the Naval Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida before serving as the Primary Care department head and chief of the Medical Staff at Naval Medical Clinic, Quantico, Virginia.

In 2004, Blivin completed sports medicine fellowship training at San Diego, California, and then served as the 3d Marine Logistics Group officer in charge, Sports Medicine and Reconditioning Team (SMART) centers on Okinawa, Japan. He deployed to Sri Lanka in support of Operation Unified Assistance, Combined Support Force 536, following the 2004 Southeast Asia tsunami and to multiple other Asian countries in support of 3d Marine Logistics Group operations 2004-2008. In 2007, he served as group surgeon, 3d Marine Logistics Group.

Blivin then reported to Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in July 2008. There he served as department head, Sports Medicine and as director, Branch Health Clinics. The surgeon general of the Navy appointed him as the Navy’s Sports Medicine Specialty leader.

In January 2012, Blivin assumed duties as force surgeon, II Marine Expeditionary Force, where he oversaw the health and readiness of 53,000 Marines and Sailors who deploy in support of Combatant Commander requirements for contingency and crisis response as well as major theater war. He also served as force surgeon, 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade during the multinational Exercise Bold Alligator 2013. Blivin’s previous assignment since September 2014 was executive officer, Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi, Texas. In July 2016, Blivin reported as the commanding officer of U.S. Naval Hospital Naples, the largest Naval hospital in Europe.

Blivin is board certified in Family Medicine and is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He holds Fellow status in The American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He served on the ACSM Health & Fitness Summit Program Committee.

Blivin earned the Fleet Marine Force qualified officer and submarine qualified officer (gold dolphins) warfare specialty pins as well as the Marine Corps’ Martial Arts tan belt. Personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (4), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), as well as numerous other military decorations and unit awards.

CAPT Stephens was born at Naval Hospital, Beaufort, SC. He enlisted in the Navy in 1984 and completed Boot Camp and Basic Hospital Corpsman "A" School in 1985. His enlisted assignments included Naval Hospital, Newport, R.I. USS SAMPSON (DDG10), Naval Hospital Beaufort, SC, and Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA.

He is a 1993 Distinguished Graduate of San Diego State University where he was a member of the ETA SIGMA GAMMA Honor Society. He is also a 1997 graduate of the University of San Diego where he earned a Masters Business Administration (Healthcare Administration) degree. In 1996, he was commissioned into the Medical Service Corps by Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale, USN (Ret) onboard USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG-53).

His first tour of duty as an officer was at U.S, Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan where he served as the Assistant Department Head of the Material Management Department and Department Head for the Operating Management Department. He briefly deployed with USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA-3) as Medical Administrative Officer.

From 2000-2003, he served as the Medical Administration, Radiation Health Officer, and Division Officer in USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) where the Medical Department participated in the initial phases of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. The Medical Department also earned three consecutive Blue “M” awards for medical excellence. His leadership as Radiation Health Officer led to the CVN-70 Radiation Health Division achieving “Above Average” ratings on three Operational Reactor Safeguard Examinations. During this tour, he was nominated for “Admiral Zumwalt Award for Visionary Leadership,” and the American Academy of Medical Administrators named him the "2002 Young Healthcare Executive."

From 2003 to 2005, he served as the Individual Augmentation, Hospital Ship, and Casualty Receiving and Treatment Ship Platform Manager for the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. He also served as the Action Officer deploying personnel to the Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting missions to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Korea.

From 2005-2007, he served as the Director for Administration for the 3D Dental Battalion/USNDC Okinawa where he led his Directorate in providing $31 million in care to 38,000 beneficiaries across seven clinics on Okinawa, Japan and Hawaii. During this tour, he was named the “2006-2007 National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Professionals.”

From 2007-2010, he served as Director for Administration at the Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, MD and led a military and civilian staff of 55 personnel in 64 functional areas to 12,000 beneficiaries of 50 tenant commands and was responsible for a $400,000 budget and $10M worth of clinic facility upgrades.

From August 2010 to June 2013, he became the 8th Officer-in-Charge of the David R. Ray Health Center, Naval Station Everett, Washington where he led 126 Sailors, Civilians, and Contractors to a Level-3 Patient Centered Medical Home Certification while developing a “Warm Handoff” patient call-relay system for central scheduling that was ultimately adopted command-wide. These efforts reduced purchased care and emergency room visits by 56 percent per year.

He was most recently the Deputy Chief of Staff, M1, Manpower /Personnel for Navy Medicine East where he developed, analyzed, and coordinated the Total Force Manpower Program for Navy Medicine East and its 20 Military Treatment Facilities.

His operational deployments have been in support of OCEAN VENTURE, Operation UNITED AMERICAS (UNITAS XXIX), Special Operations Capable Exercise (SOCEX) in support of USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA-3), WESTPAC 01, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, TANDEM THRUST, and Korean Peninsula Operations.

CAPT Stephens holds an 1800P subspecialty code and is a Life Member of the U.S. Naval Institute, the Surface Navy Association, the Association of Naval Aviation, and The Interagency Institute for Federal Healthcare Executives. He holds the Executive Medicine, Executive Medicine Staff, Credentialed Healthcare Administrator, Medical Department Surface Warfare, Shipboard Assignment, and Medical Regulator Additional Qualifications.

CMDCM Coffey

Master Chief Maurice Coffey is the Command Master Chief at the U. S. Naval Hospital Naples, Italy. As the Command Master Chief, he is the senior enlisted advisor and works as the liaison between the Commanding Officer and the enlisted ranks. He is responsible for all quality of life, discipline, training and morale among enlisted members assigned to the USNH Naples.

Born June 21, 1971, Master Chief Coffey is a native of Chicago, Ill. Upon graduation from Lindblom Technical High School in Chicago, Ill., he enlisted in the U.S. Navy on July 18, 1989.

In September 1989, Master Chief Coffey completed Boot Camp at Recruit Training Center San Diego, Calif. He reported to Air Traffic Control “A” School, Millington, Tenn., where he graduated second in his class and was selected to attend Carrier Air Traffic Control Center (CATCC) “C” School. His first assignment was to USS MIDWAY (CV 41) Yokosuka, Japan. His other sea duty assignments include the USS WASP (LHD-1) Norfolk, Va., and the USS ESSEX (LHD-2) Sasebo, Japan. He was Command Master Chief of Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE FIVE (VAW-115), Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, Japan, deploying with Carrier Air Wing FIVE aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73).

His shore duty assignments include Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., instructor duty at Naval Air Technical Training Center, Pensacola, Fla., Naval Air Station Pensacola, Pensacola, Fla., and the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, North Chicago, Il.

Master Chief Coffey has accumulated numerous awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (seven awards), Good Conduct Award (eight awards) and numerous unit, service and campaign awards. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Professional Aeronautics in May 2006, his master’s degree in Aeronautical Science in July 2010 and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration from DePaul. He is a naval graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class NR-14).

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