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Leader in providing medical education, operational training and
certification for medical, dental and fleet personnel ashore and
afloat in support of global operations. Conduct Surface Forces
and Dive medical training annually for 224 Independent Duty
Corpsman and over 150 Surface Medical Department Officers
in support of US Fleet, Fleet Marine Force and Coalition Naval
Forces. Provides consultation and Continuing Medical education
for Surface, Submarine, Air and Fleet Marine Force Providers.

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Commander Steven Parks, MSN, MEd
Nurse Corps, United States Navy
Officer in Charge, Surface Warfare Medical Institute (SWMI)

SWMI Officer in Charge: CDR Steven Parks, MSN, USN

Commander (CDR) Steven Parks was born in San Diego, California where he spent most of his youth prior to attending high school and college. After graduating from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Government and Political Science, he then completed an Associates of Applied Science from Marymount University, followed by a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from George Mason University.

His first duty station was at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA where he was a Staff Nurse on the Pediatric Medical Surgical Ward and the Pediatric Fast Track Emergency Room. He also served as Division Officer of the Pediatric Continuity Specialty Clinic. In December 1998, LTJG Parks graduated Summa Cum Laude with his Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in Community Health Nursing from Old Dominion University. In February 1999, LT Parks reported to his next assignment at Naval Hospital Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico where he functioned in multiple capacities as an Emergency Room Staff Nurse, Putting Prevention into Practice Coordinator and Division Officer of the Wellness Center. After completing his tour in Puerto Rico, LT Parks reported to Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Los Angeles in 2001 as the Medical and Chaplain Officer Recruiter. During his tour, he was also appointed as the Officer Programs Officer (OPO) Department Head of Officer Programs. In 2004 prior to detaching from NRD Los Angeles, LT Parks was selected for additional graduate studies in the Duty Under Instruction (DUINS) program at San Diego State University (SDSU). In 2006, then LCDR Parks graduated Summa Cum Laude from SDSU with a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership. In addition, he also earned a Community College Teaching Certificate.

LCDR Parks reported to the Naval School of Health Sciences (NSHS) in June of 2006, where he was assigned as the Department Head of two "C" schools, Advanced Radiography and Cardiovascular Tech School. Four months after reporting, he deployed to Southern Afghanistan for 13 months as an Individual Augmentee in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he functioned primarily as the Public Affairs and Information Operations Officer in addition to being the Commander's Emergency Response Program Manager and Village Medical Outreach Coordinator. After returning to NSHS in San Diego, LCDR Parks assumed the position as Department Head of Educational Support Services Department where he was awarded the distinction as a Master Training Specialist (MTS). In May 2009, he was hand-selected to report to the United States Marine Corps' Training and Education Command (TECOM), Quantico, Virginia where he served as the Medical Programs Officer overseeing all Health Services training for the Marine Corps total force. During this time, LCDR Parks attended both the Field Medical Service Officer's Course and the Curriculum Developers Course respectively. After completing a very successful tour at TECOM, then CDR Parks reported to Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton where he served as the Department Head of Education, Training and Simulation. In addition to his duties as Department Head, he served as the Program Manager, Nurse Corps Career Development Boards, Senior Advisor, Nursing Professional Development Committee and Nurse Residency Program, Chair, Command Training Team, Program Director, Health Promotion and Wellness Committee and USMC Liaison, Health Care Skills Sustainment Program. CDR Parks served as the Director of Training at the Navy Medicine Operational Training Center for one-year prior his selection as the Officer in Charge at SWMI in addition to being the current Nurse Corps Specialty Leader for Education and Training.

His decorations include, Navy and Marine Corps Meritorious Service Medals (3 gold stars), Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medals (2 gold stars), Army Commendation Medal, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medals (2 gold stars), Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Awards (2 bronze stars), National Defense Service Medals (one bronze star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (one bronze star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (one bronze star), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (two bronze stars), Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and the Navy Rifle and Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon.



Lieutenant Commander Robert J. Wishmeyer, MSC, USN
Assistant Officer in Charge, Surface Warfare Medical Institute (SWMI)

SWMI  Assistant Officer in Charge: Lieutenant Commander Robert J. Wishmeyer, MSC, USN

LCDR Wishmeyer enlisted in the U.S Navy in September, 1987 and attended Boot Camp and Hospital Corps School in Great Lakes, IL. He reported to Sewells Point Branch Medical Clinic, Norfolk, VA in March, 1988 where he worked as an EMT and physical exams clerk. In 1989, he reported to the commissioning crew of the USS MONTEREY (CG 61) in Mayport, FL. where he served at the "Baby Doc." He reported to the Branch Medical Clinic, Jacksonville, FL in March, 1992 where he worked in Medical Supply, Navy Brig Jacksonville, and as the LPO of Military Sickcall. He checked into the Navy School of Health Sciences Detachment, Portsmouth, VA. in June, 1995 where he completed Surface Force Independent Duty Corps School and was meritoriously promoted to HM1. His next tour was USS UNDERWOOD (FFG-36) homeported in Mayport FL. where he served as the Senior Medical Department Representative. He was the UNDERWOOD's 1997 Sailor of the Year and attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He then transferred to, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet in Norfolk, VA as the Force Medical Advisor.

In August, 2001, Chief Wishmeyer was selected for the Inter-service Physician Assistant Program in San Antonio Texas, where he was the distinctive honor graduate. He reported to Naval Medical Center, San Diego in September, 2002 for his clinical rotations and commissioned as an Ensign in the Medical Service Corps in October, 2003. After attending Officer Indoctrination School in Newport, RI, he reported to Branch Medical Clinic, Meridian Mississippi where he served as a primary care manager and division officer for primary care. He also augmented the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Regimental Combat Team-2 supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom in Al Asad Iraq. He spent 2007 in Naval Hospital Guam as a primary care manager before reporting to Naval Medical Center San Diego where he was the acting Senior Medical Officer for Branch Medical Clinics in 32nd Street and NAS North Island. During his tour here he augmented the 1nd Marine Expeditionary Force, 1st Combat Logistics Battalion in support of OIF in Ramadi, Iraq. LT Wishmeyer then reported to USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) as the Ship's Physician Assistant from Feb, 2010 to Jan, 2012. Here he took part in Operation Tomodachi. In 2012 he was the first Navy PA to be assigned to SEAL Team 7, where he deployed to CENTCOM as the Medical Department Head for the Crisis Response Element. In March, 2014 he reported to his current job at the Surface Warfare Medical Institute where he is the AOIC.



HMCM (SW/FMF) Andy Burnett
Independent Duty Corpsman, United States Navy
Senior Enlisted Advisor, Surface Warfare Medical Institute (SWMI)

SWMI Senior Enlisted Advisor: HMCM(SW/FMF) Andy Burnett, USN

Master Chief Burnett was born March 16th, 1971 in Carrollton, Georgia. After completing his high school education, his delayed enlistment program date of entry arrived. On 14 January, 1991 he entered the United States Navy with a guaranteed "A" school assignment to the rate of Hospital Corpsman. Graduating Recruit Training in March of 1991 he reported to Naval Hospital Corps School, Great Lakes in April 1991.

Master Chief Burnett's duty assignments include: Naval Hospital Corpus Christi, TX from July 1991- January 1993. After completing his follow-on training, he reported to Field Medical Service School (FMSS) Camp Lejeune, NC. Upon graduation from FMSS he reported to 2nd Marine Division where he requested assignment to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment and served as a Senior Line Company Corpsman as a Petty Officer Third Class. While attached to 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit he completed successful tours to Bosnia and Somalia with the USS GUADAL CANAL Group onboard the USS ASHLAND. He extended his duty at Camp Lejeune until February 1996 when he transferred to Naval Hospital, Pensacola, FL. While at NAVHOSPPCOLA he served as Leading Petty Officer of the Emergency Medical Services Department and the Command Patient Satisfaction as special assistant to the Commanding Officer.

HM2 Burnett transferred to the Naval School of Health Sciences as a student to attend Independent Duty Corpsman School in July 1999. Graduating with a 94.66 average he was meritorious promoted to First Class Petty Officer in July of 2000.

HM1 Burnett then transferred to an arduous duty assignment as a First Class Petty Officer to fill an E-8 IDC billet onboard USS ARCTIC (AOE 8) home-ported at Naval Weapons Station, Earle, NJ. HM1 Burnett served as the Senior Medical Department Representative deploying with ENTERPRISE Battle Group in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and ENDURING FREEDOM.

Upon the decommissioning of USS ARCTIC in November 2001 he transferred to Afloat Training Group Pacific where he filled an E-7 billet as a Medical Readiness Instructor. While serving at ATGPAC he obtained his Afloat Training Specialist and Master Training Specialist qualifications. HM1 Burnett was advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in September 2003. HMC Burnett transferred to USS PRINCETON in September 2005 to serve as the Senior Medical Department Representative. While deployed to the Persian Gulf in May 2007, HMC Burnett was selected to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer and served as the Administrative Departmental LCPO.

HMCS Burnett transferred to CG CLASSRON, Expeditionary Health Services Pacific in October 2008-September 2011 to serve as Medical Readiness Inspector for all surface assets in the Pacific Fleet. After dissolution of the CLASSRON's, Expeditionary Health Services Pacific became Medical Readiness Division San Diego and is a division of Naval Surface Forces Pacific Fleet.

HMCS Burnett transferred to USS PEARL HARBOR (LSD 52) in September 2011 and served as the Medical/Dental Departmental LCPO and Senior Enlisted Leader during a gapped CMC billet for 2 months.

HMCS Burnett transferred to Navy Medicine Operational Training Center, Surface Warfare Medical Institute Detachment in October 2014 and served as the Senior Instructor for Independent Duty Corpsman School until his promotion to Master Chief FY 17. He served as the Program Director of Independent Duty Corpsman School until his primary assignment as Senior Enlisted Advisor.

His awards include: Navy Commendation Medal (Third Award), Navy/Marine Achievement Medal (Fourth Award), Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation , Coast Guard Meritorious Citation , Good Conduct Medal (6th award), Fleet Marine Force Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal with EGA, Southwest Asia Service Ribbon with EGA, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (5th Award). United Nations Medal.