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Commanding Officer
U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan

 

A native of Holland, MI, Captain Weber graduated from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN in 1989. He was commissioned an Ensign in the Navy Medical Service Corps in 1989. Captain Weber reported as Commanding Officer of U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan in June 2015.

Captain Weber’s first Navy assignment was at the Naval Hospital, Long Beach, CA. After completion of his Master’s degree at the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994, he was stationed in Washington, DC on the Chief of Naval Operations’ staff in the office of Director, Medical Resources, Plans and Policy (OPNAV N931) until 1997. Following this assignment, Captain Weber was the first Navy Medical Department officer to be selected as a Legislative Liaison on the Secretary of the Navy’s staff. In 2000, Captain Weber completed a short-tour at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) where he was involved in manpower and healthcare planning, as well as being appointed as the Aide to the Surgeon General (acting). Between 2000 and 2002, Captain Weber served as the Executive Assistant for the Commander, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD and was directly involved in the command’s response to both the terrorist and anthrax attacks in 2001.

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From 2002 to April 2008, Captain Weber held senior manpower and financial programming positions at both BUMED and OPNAV N931. In 2008, Captain Weber was assigned to Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune, NC as the Director for Administration. During this tour Captain Weber completed a one-year tour assigned to NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (NTM-A) where he served as Embedded Training Team (ETT) Chief/Advisor to the Afghan National Police (ANP) Surgeon General. In this role, Captain Weber led a multi-disciplinary medical team that partnered with ANP medical leadership that improved operational capability of Afghan police medical forces. Between 2011 and 2013, Captain Weber held the role of Chief of Staff, TRICARE Management Activity, Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he was responsible for the day-to-day management of over 1,500 personnel responsible for the execution of the world-wide TRICARE program. His most recent assignment was as Executive Officer at U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan.

Captain Weber’s individual awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards). He also has been awarded the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences’ Commendable Service Medal.

 

 

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Executive Officer
U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan
 
Captain Richard Knittig graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Culver-Stockton College in 1987 and subsequently earned a Masters Degree in Biology from Saint Louis University in 1989. He was commissioned in the Naval Reserve through the Health Professions Scholarship Program in 1990 and attended medical school at the University of Missouri where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was the recipient of the Frank & Ena Hickerson Rhoads Medical Scholarship.  Captain Knittig reported as Executive Officer of U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan in July 2016.
 
Captain Knittig was assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego for his Transitional Internship and the University of Missouri for his Obstetrics/Gynecologic Residency. During that time, he also served as staff physician and operating room division head for Fleet Hospital 500. Upon graduation in 1998, he served consecutive department head tours at the Charleston Naval Hospital and U.S. Naval Hospital Naples.
 
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Following selection for residency in Aerospace Medicine, Captain Knittig earned a Masters of Public Health degree in Environmental and Occupational Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2004.  He completed his advanced aeromedical training and subsequently served as clinical consultant at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola. He reported to the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) as Senior Medical Officer in July 2007 where he deployed with Carrier Stripe Group Eight in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During his tour, Health Services was awarded consecutive Blue M awards for medical excellence.

Captain Knittig reported to Naval Hospital Pensacola in July 2009 where he served on the Board of Directors as Director of Surgical Services followed by Interim Executive Officer.  Knittig reported to the U.S. Naval Branch Health Clinic Bahrain in January 2012 where he served as Officer In Charge and provided direct support to the U.S. Fifth Fleet and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command. He reported to the U.S Naval Hospital Naples in February 2014 where he served as Chairman, Medical Executive Committee.

His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit medals and ribbons.

 

 


 

 

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Command Master Chief
U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan
 
Command Master Chief Newsom is a native of Memphis Tennessee and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He entered the United States Navy in January 2001. Following completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL he reported to Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL, where he completed apprenticeship training.

Upon graduation he reported for duty onboard the USS TICONDEROGA (CG 47), homeported in Pascagoula, MS as an undesignated Seaman attached to Deck Department. He earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification, completed two South America deployments, and advanced to Storekeeper Second Class.

Command Master Chief Newsom’s sea duty assignments include the USS TICONDEROGA (CG-47), USS COLE (DDG-67), USS ELROD (FFG-55), USS HOPPER (DDG-70), USF-IRAQ J4 Department of State (DoS) - (OSA), EMF-KUWAIT S4, Individual Augmentee (CTF-IA), and Resource and Sustainment IRAQ J4, Commander Task Force, Individual Augmentee (CTF-IA).

Command Master Chief Newsom’s ashore assignment include Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, IL and Naval Station Health Clinic, Great Lakes, IL.

He was selected into the Command Senior Chief/ Master Chief Program and a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 182 Khaki) and the Navy Leadership Ethics Center Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Capstone Course (Class 133). Completed Command Master Chief tour onboard USS PIONEER (MCM 9). He is currently assigned to United States Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan as the Command Master Chief.

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Command Master Chief Newsom personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (4 awards), Joint Achievement Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and various unit and campaign awards.

 

 

 

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