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Rear Adm. Rick Freedman is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor of Science at the University of Pittsburgh and a Doctorate in Medical Dentistry from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He holds a master’s degree in Health Sciences from George Washington University and a Certificate in Comprehensive Dentistry from the Naval Postgraduate Dental School. He received his commission as an ensign in 1989.
Operationally, Freedman served aboard the USS INCHON (MCS 12) as Dental Department Head during the ship’s final deployment and subsequent decommissioning, and served aboard the USS BOXER (LHD 4) in support of Operation Continuing Promise. Freedman also deployed as commanding officer of the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and Operation Resolute Support.
His executive assignments include officer in charge at Naval Branch Health Clinic Atlanta, Georgia, and officer in charge Naval Branch Health Clinic Oceana, Virginia. Freedman served as executive officer U. S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan, where he oversaw the facility’s historic transition to its new location aboard Camp Foster, and commanded Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, laying the foundation for its eventual re-designation as a Medical Center.
Freedman’s staff assignments include director, Medical Systems Integration and Combat Survivability, N44, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; assistant deputy chief, Healthcare Operations, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; Navy Medicine’s project lead for transformational activities related to the implementation of the 2017 and 2019 National Defense Authorization Acts; and executive assistant to the Navy Surgeon General. Previous assignments included 2nd Dental Battalion, 2nd Force Service Support Group in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Recruit Training Command, Naval Dental Center Orlando, Florida; Branch Dental Clinic, Patuxent River, Maryland and Naval Branch Health Clinic Jacksonville, Florida. He served as Chief, Dental Corps from 2020 to 2023.
Freedman is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and member of the Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives. He is a recognized Diplomate of the American Board of General Dentistry, and fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. Freedman is an appointed faculty member at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and was one of the original representatives on the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery’s Oral Health Advisory Board. He also served as the director of the American Dental Association accredited Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program in Jacksonville, Florida.
Freedman’s decorations include the Legion of Merit (five awards), Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various service and unit awards.
Last Updated: 14 June 2023
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