Captain Jeannie B. Comlish
Captain Jeannie Comlish is a native of Washington, D.C. She received a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing with honors from Georgetown University in 1986 and began her career as a staff nurse at George Washington University Hospital. Over the next four years, she worked in a variety of civilian clinical nursing settings.
Captain Comlish was commissioned a Lieutenant Junior Grade in September, 1990 and accepted into the Navy’s Full Time Out-Service Training (FTOST) Program for graduate school. Upon graduation with a Master of Science and Clinical Nurse Specialist (Trauma/Critical Care Nursing) designation in May 1992, she completed Officer Indoctrination School in Newport, R.I., and served as a staff nurse in the ICU and emergency departments at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. While assigned there, she deployed with Fleet Hospital SIX as a trauma/critical care/medevac nurse in support of OPERATION PROVIDE PROMISE to Zagreb, Croatia, March to August 1994.
Captain Comlish reported to Navy Recruiting District, San Francisco in 1995 as a nurse recruiter, and went on to become the Medical Programs Officer and Department Head of Officer Programs for the district. In fall of 1998, she reported as Nurse Manager, Emergency Department, Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan.
In January 2000, Captain Comlish reported aboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) for duty as Ship’s Nurse. While deployed to the Western Pacific in fall 2001, she participated in the initial phases of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, the nation’s response to the events of 9/11. She qualified Assistant Command Duty Officer (In Port) and earned her designation as Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer.
From 2002 to 2004 Captain Comlish was assigned as Service Manager for the General, Colorectal, Vascular, Plastic and Pediatric Outpatient Surgery Clinics at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland. She assumed duties as Senior Nurse Executive/Director of Nursing Services aboard USNS MERCY (TAH-19) in December 2004. She deployed one month later in support of OPERATION UNIFIED ASSISTANCE for tsunami and earthquake disaster relief in Indonesia, and for humanitarian assistance in Indonesia, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea. She led a unique team which included U.S. Public Health Service, allied military medical personnel, and civilian volunteers from various Non-Governmental Organizations. In April 2006, Captain Comlish deployed again for humanitarian assistance missions in the Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and East Timor. During this time she served as the Senior Nurse Executive of a multinational and multi-organizational health care team, and later as the USNS MERCY’s Liaison Officer to the U.S. Embassies in Jakarta, Indonesia and Dili, East Timor.
From 2006 to 2009, Captain Comlish served as Division Officer of a 20-bed Hematology/Oncology Unit, and Department Head, Critical Care Nursing, responsible for over 150 personnel on a 16-bed intensive/coronary care unit and a 24-bed telemetry unit. In September, 2009, she reported to Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton as Senior Nurse Executive/Director of Nursing Services where she was responsible for all nursing care throughout a 118-bed tertiary care hospital and eight branch clinics which provided healthcare to 150,000 beneficiaries and field medical support to the world’s largest US Marine Corps training base. She reported as Executive Officer, Naval Hospital Oak Harbor in August 2012.
Captain Comlish has been a speaker at numerous local and national conferences. Her military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four Awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), Humanitarian Assistance Medal (two awards), and several joint and unit commendations.