NMOTC Commanding Officer (CO)

NMOTC COMeet the NMOTC Commanding Officer
CAPT James Norton 
Medical Service Corps, US Navy Aerospace Physiologist

Commissioned September 13th 1984, LTJG Jim Norton completed Officer Indoctrination School in December 1984 and on June 27th 1985 he was ‘winged’ as Naval Aerospace Physiologist (#141) at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute.

LT Norton served two years at Naval Health Research Center, San Diego with a following assignment as Assistant Department Head at the Aviation Physiology Training Unit in San Diego. In April 1990 Jim graduated from the Aviation Safety Officer Course at Naval Postgraduate School en route to a Department Head tour at the Aviation Physiology Training Department Cecil Field where he was additionally assigned as the Aeromedical Safety Officer for the two local Type Air-Wings.  In 1993 LCDR Norton transferred to Full Time Out-Service Training at the University of Minnesota and upon completion of three years of academic training he reported to the Naval Operational Medicine Institute (NOMI) and was assigned as the Director of the Naval Aviation Survival Training Programs.  Early in 2001 CDR Norton was transferred to a Joint Services operational tour as the Director of Medical Planning at United States Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska.  Promoted to Captain May 2004 he was then assigned for a three year tour at the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery as the Aerospace/Operational Physiology and Naval Aviation Survival Training Program Manager and also as the Aerospace Physiologist Specialty Leader.

From June 2007 until May 2009 CAPT Norton served as Officer in Charge of the Naval Survival Training Institute encompassing eight Aviation Survival Training Centers across the United States.  From June 2009 until its’ official disestablishment on September 15th 2011, Jim served as the Executive Officer of Naval Hospital Corps School, Great Lakes Illinois. In September 2011 CAPT Norton reported back to NOMI as a member of Headquarters staff and is selected to become the Commanding Officer of the Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (formerly known as NOMI) on July 13th 2012.

Captain Norton’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four), and Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two). Professionally he has been recognized as the Navy’s Aerospace Physiologist of the Year, awarded the Special Award in Naval Aerospace Physiology, honored with the Aerospace Medical Association’s Aerospace Physiology Society’s Hitchcock Award, and recently recognized with a Southwest Minnesota State University Alumni Achievement Award.

Captain Norton is from White Bear Lake, Minnesota and has earned a Bachelor of Arts (dual major in Chemistry and Biology) at Southwest Minnesota State University, a Masters of Science from the University of Massachusetts, and was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota.  He is married and together they have raised four children and are currently blessed with four grandchildren.