Captain Richard G. Zeber, Medical Service Corps, United States Navy
Captain “Rick” Zeber, a native of Rocky River, Ohio, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology in 1994 from the University of Toledo and a Doctorate of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University in 1998. He also holds an executive MBA from Navy Postgraduate School. A Navy Health Professions Scholarship recipient, he received his commission as an ensign in the Medical Service Corps in 1994. He has prior enlisted service as a Navy logistics specialist, completing four years active duty aboard USS Georgia, SSBN 729, and more than three years for the Navy Reserve Component.
Zeber served Naval Aviation Station crews, families, and beneficiaries at Naval Hospital Lemoore and Naval Branch Medical Clinic Key West, then went on to Naval Air Station Pensacola for duty under instruction in aeromedical management, aviation physiology and flight training. As the first “aerospace optometrist” at Branch Health Clinic Oceana, he led Operational Medicine Department, enriched readiness programs and provided care. As fleet liaison and optometric clinic care coordinator for Refractive Surgery Center San Diego, he helped coordinate research, outpatient specialty care, and was integral to the acceptance of LASIK for USN and USMC designated and accession aviation personnel.
At sea, Zeber deployed as medical support staff with Fleet Surgical Team 9, DESRON 23, and USS Cleveland during Pacific Partnership 2011. He directed care and support for one third of all services provided during the mission. He detached to USS Enterprise during CVW 1 work ups.
As special staff for Defense Health Agency, Medical Logistics Division, he led the strategic planning, development, and implementation of an initiative to optimize medical device life cycle management for the Military Health system. He has served as Executive Officer, and is currently serving as the Commanding Officer of Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity (NOSTRA) in Yorktown, VA, Defense Health Program’s largest optical fabrication lab and exclusive training activity for military opticians.
Zeber holds licenses to practice optometry in Ohio and California, is a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and a member of both the American Optometric Association and the Armed Forces Optometric Association. He is designated as an Aeromedical Officer, Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer, enlisted submarine warfare, and recipient of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medal, Enlisted Good Conduct Medal, and two National Defense Service Medals.