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Commanding Officer
Captain Jeff Bitterman, a native of Buffalo, New York, was commissioned in 1991 after graduating from Houghton College with a degree in Biology.  He then earned his MD from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in 1995.  He completed the U.S. Army Airborne and Air Assault Schools and was designated an Expert Parachutist during additional training with the Navy Special Warfare detachment.  In 1997, while stationed at NAS Pensacola, he was designated a Naval Flight Surgeon.  He subsequently completed residency training at Naval Medical Center San Diego and obtained board certification in Emergency Medicine.

His operational tours include deployments with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.  During OEF I, he was assigned to the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing and was instrumental in establishing the initial joint multinational theater MEDEVAC plan.  While assigned as CATF Surgeon and Officer in Charge, Fleet Surgical Team THREE, he was selected as the Medical Contingent Commander for PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2009, where he integrated personnel from six partner nations and ten non-governmental organizations to improve disaster response capacity in five host nations and enhance regional stability in the Asia Pacific.


While assigned to Naval Hospital Guam, he served first as Emergency Medicine Department Head and then as Director of Medical Services.  While serving as interim Executive Officer, he implemented a command wide patient centered service excellence initiative, a precursor to the current MHS Patient Centered Medical Home Port Model.  CO

Captain Bitterman was detailed to Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in 2010, where he served as both the Director of Medical Services and Wounded Warrior Medical Director.  There, he stood up the Navy's first Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, established the Warrior Recovery Center, and was instrumental in executing a successful transition into a new replacement hospital.  During this tour, he deployed as OIC of Noble Eagle 4608 to the United Kingdom Role 3 Combat Hospital in Camp Bastion and to the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan.


He obtained his MBA from the Naval Postgraduate School in September 2014 and received the Louis D. Liskin Award for Excellence in Business and Public Policy.  In June 2015, he was slated as Executive Officer of Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital in Twentynine Palms, California, where he opened a new Branch Clinic and stood up the Marine Centered Medical Home.  He was a key contributor to the Southern California coalition and expanded regional telemedicine capability.


A fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Dr. Bitterman has served as an Assistant Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine and on the Executive Board for the San Diego Integrated Healthcare Initiative. He is a member of multiple professional organizations including the American College of Health Care Executives and the American Medical Association


Captain Bitterman's personal awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with three Gold Stars, Strike/Flight Air Medal with Numeral 1, Aerial Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars, USAF Commendation Medal, USAF Outstanding Unit Award with combat "V", NATO ISAF Medal, and various unit, service, and campaign awards.

Executive Officer
Captain Kimberly a zuzelski,  Medical Service Corps, U.S. Navy

Born in Detroit, Michigan, CAPT Zuzelski spent most of her school years in Aurora, Colorado where she completed her undergraduate degree in Dietetics from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Accessioned through the Healthcare Scholarship Collegiate Program, CAPT Zuzelski commissioned as an Ensign in July 1994.  She reported to the Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, IL, where she served as Clinical Nutrition division officer in the Nutrition Management Department followed by Assistant Department Head.


Selected for full-time duty under instruction, CAPT Zuzelski completed her Masters of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition through the Finch University of Health Sciences, The Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL in 1998.  She then reported to Naval Hospital Guam as the Nutrition Management Department Head where she worked extensively with the transition of medical food services from government to a base operating support contract and served as the Command Fitness Leader.  Her clinical and collateral workload further developed her interest in sports nutrition and diabetes education. 

CAPT Zuzelski’s next assignment took her to Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms, CA, in 2001 where she continued with management of clinical nutrition, barracks and medical food services as the Department Head.  During this tour, she attained National Board Certification as a Diabetes Educator and was afforded the opportunity to serve as interim Director for Administration (DFA) followed by selection as Director of Ancillary Services.  She reported to the Naval Hospital Bremerton, WA in June 2004 as Department Head of Patient Education that encompassed Case Management, Patient Education, Health Promotions, and Clinical Nutrition Services.  During this tour, she attained National Board Certification as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics, deployed to Kuwait, and was selected to serve as the Deputy Director of Branch Clinics. 


In June 2007, CAPT Zuzelski transferred to the Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan.   She served as Nutrition Management Department Head and Medical Inspector General action officer before transitioning to Quality Management as Department Head.  CAPT Zuzelski received her Master of Public Health degree with a leadership focus through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008, which enabled her to attain the secondary subspecialty of Healthcare Administration. 


From 2008 to 2011, CAPT Zuzelski also served as a consultant to the Navy Surgeon General as the Navy Dietetics Specialty Leader.   Returning to the United States in 2010, CAPT Zuzelski once again served at Naval Hospital Bremerton where she continued patient care, but served as the Command Managed Equal Opportunity Officer and then DFA during the incumbent’s one year deployment.  She subsequently deployed as the DFA to the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan from June 2012 until June 2013.  


CAPT Zuzelski reported to the Chief of Naval Personnel Command in Millington, TN in July 2014, where she was assigned as the Healthcare Clinician and Senior Medical Service Corps detailer.     


CAPT Zuzelski reported as Executive Officer at Naval Hospital Bremerton in April 2016. Her personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (five awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards).

Command Master Chief
James M. Reynolds, CMDCM (AW/SW)

  Command Master Chief James Reynolds was born and raised in Portland, OR. He graduated from David Douglas High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy attending basic training in Great Lakes, IL. on February 21, 1989.

Command Master Chief Reynolds attended Aviation Boatswains Mate Fuels "A" School in Lakehurt, NJ. and his first duty assignment was with the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) where he became a plank owner.

Command Master Chief Reynolds later attended Aviation Boatswain Mate Fuels "C" School in Pensacola, FL. and Physical Security School (9545) in San Antonio, TX. His past assignments consist of Concord Naval Weapons Station, CA, USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), Naval Hospital Bremerton, WA, USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN 74), USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), and Patrol Squadron Four Six.

Command Master Chief Reynolds' academic achievements include an Associate in Occupied Safety and Health degree from Columbian Southern University, and he is a graduate from the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy and CMC/COB course.

Command Master Chief Reynolds advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer in 2011. He was selected for Command Master Chief in February 2013. Command Master Chief Reynolds' personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), Navy Good Conduct Medal (seven awards), Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Insignia, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist Insignia and various service and campaign awards. Command Master Chief Reynolds became the Command master Chief of Naval Hospital Bremerton in July 2016.