Captain Martha A. Cutshall
CAPT Cutshall was commissioned in the United States Navy in the Spring of 1992 and was assigned to Naval Regional Medical Center, Oakland, California where she began her nursing career as a staff nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care/Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. In March 1994, she was forward deployed with 2nd Marine Security Forces/Fleet Hospital Six to Zagreb, Croatia as part of United Nations Operation Provide Promise.
In January 1995, she was assigned OCONUS and served on the Multi-Service Ward, the Emergency Room, and the Field Battalion Aid Station in support of Operation Sea Signal in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Upon her return from overseas, she successfully completed Instructor Training School and was assigned to the Naval School of Health Sciences, San Diego, California where she served as Company Commander and Instructor. During this tour she completed her Master’s degree in Human Resource Management.
In November 1997, she was assigned OCONUS to Naval Hospital, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and served as the Department Head for the Inpatient Multi-Service Ward. Additionally, she was responsible for all emergent MEDEVACS and served with the Minefield Maintenance Marine Detachment.
In June 2001, she earned a Master’s Degree in Health Care Systems/Business Administration at the University of San Diego. As part of her utilization tour, she was assigned to the Naval Ambulatory Care Center, Port Hueneme, California as the Business Manager/Department Head. She also served as the Emergency Management/Disaster Preparedness Officer.
In January 2003, she was assigned to duty in the Emergency Department at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in response to the deployment of personnel in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon completion of that assignment, she was selected as the project manager for the turnover of a contract clinic to government ownership and subsequently served as the Business Manager/Department Head for the new clinic.
Operationally oriented, she was assigned to 1st Marine Logistics Group, 1st Medical Battalion in May 2004. She served as acting Commanding Officer (CO) and upon the return of the CO from deployment, stepped into the role of Executive Officer (XO). Additionally, she served as the S-2/3 (Plans, Operations, and Medical Intelligence Officer) for the Battalion. During this tour she completed 2 combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with 1st Marine Division as the Patient Evacuation Team Officer in Charge (OIC), and earned qualification as a Fleet Marine Force Warfare Officer (FMFWO).
In July 2007, she was assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA where she served as the Division Officer for the Comprehensive Combat Casualty Care/Surgery Ward, in July 2008 was assigned as Department Head of Naval Base North Island Branch Clinics and as the Emergency Management Officer for the North Island base Commanding Officer.
In July 2009, she was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps as the first Nurse Corps Officer and served as the Marine Corps representative for health service support for combat operations and Joint Healthcare initiatives. She additionally served as the USMC, U.S. representative for the American, British, Canadian, and Australian/New Zealand Armies (ABCA). She was appointed by the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps as Program Manager for the USMC FMFWO Program.
In October 2013, she was assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego where she served as Assistant Department Head for the Emergency Department and Assistant Director for Medical Services.
CAPT Cutshall has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (two awards), Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Fleet Marine Force ribbon, Coast Guard Special Operations Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal (two awards), Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal (two awards), Navy Overseas Service Ribbon (two awards), Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, United Nations Medal, and the NATO Medal.