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Surgeon General and Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Vice Adm. Forrest Faison received his bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University and his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He completed post-graduate training in general pediatrics at Naval Hospital San Diego and fellowship training in neurodevelopmental pediatrics at the University of Washington.
 
From 2013 to 2015, Faison served as the deputy surgeon general of the Navy and deputy chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. Prior to reporting to this assignment, he served as commander, Navy Medicine West and Naval Medical Center (NMC) San Diego where he was responsible for medical care and support to over 850,000 eligible beneficiaries by a staff of 16,000 at 10 hospitals and over 30 clinics from the West Coast to the Indian Ocean. He coordinated the Navy Medicine support response to Operation Tomodachi, and was awarded the California Medical Community’s Lighthouse Award for visionary leadership and inspiring health innovation, a first for the Department of Defense.
 
Additionally, he served as deputy chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, for Current and Future Healthcare Operations; commanding officer Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton; commanding officer, U.S. Expeditionary Medical Facility; and U.S. Medical Task Force, Kuwait. In that role, Faison led a tri-service task force of subordinate commands and was responsible for all healthcare operations in Kuwait, Qatar and Southern Iraq, including all medical logistics support throughout U.S. Central Command.
 
Faison’s other assignments included Deputy Commander, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Virginia.; Group Surgeon, 3d Force Service Support Group, Fleet Marine Forces, Pacific; director of Department of Defense (DOD) Telemedicine, Washington D.C.; chief information officer, Navy Medicine; U.S. Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan; Naval Hospital Lemoore; USS Texas (CGN 39); and Amphibious Group 3.
Faison assumed duty as the 38th Surgeon General of the Navy Dec. 15, 2015.
 
Faison is board certified in pediatrics and is an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has several publications on neurodevelopmental outcomes of premature infants as well as other publications and book chapters on the topics of the future of Wounded Warrior care and use of telemedicine and health informatics in healthcare. He is a senior member of the American College of Physician Executives. His personal awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit (five awards); Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards); Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal and numerous unit and campaign awards.
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Deputy Surgeon General; Deputy Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Rear Adm. Terry Moulton graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration. He holds a master’s in business administration from Chaminade University. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College non-resident program. He received his commission as an ensign in 1983.

At sea Moulton served on USS Nimitz (CVN 68), completing a six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Storm. Ashore, his assignments include Naval Hospital, Philadelphia; Naval Medical Clinic, Pearl Harbor; clinic director, Naval Air Station, Barbers Point; director for administration, U.S. Naval Hospital, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Naval Hospital Cherry Point. He also served as the executive officer, Naval Hospital Pensacola.

Moulton has served as commanding officer, Fleet Hospital Pensacola; U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa; and Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth. He also served as commander, Navy Medicine East and director, Enhanced Tidewater Multi-Service Market Office.

His staff assignments include Navy postgraduate administrative fellow at the American Hospital Association; analyst for coordinated care division, executive assistant to the assistant chief for plans, analysis and evaluation, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; executive assistant to the deputy chief, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; director, health affairs for the assistant secretary of the Navy, Manpower and Reserve Affairs; chief of health care operations and executive director for TRICARE Northwest Lead Agent and Puget Sound Multi-Service Market Office; head, medical officer distribution branch, Naval Personnel Command; deputy director, medical resources, plans and policy, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; executive assistant to Navy surgeon general, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; deputy chief, medical operations, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; and 17th director of the Medical Service Corps.

Moulton is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Moulton began serving as the Navy deputy surgeon general and deputy chief, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Dec. 17, 2015.

Moulton’s personal awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (three awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (six awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various other service and units awards.

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Medical Officer of the Marine Corps/Director, Health Services, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps (with additional duty as Director of the Medical Corps)

Rear Adm. Hancock is a native of Illiopolis, Illinois. He enlisted in the Navy in 1982 serving in Navy nuclear power. He is a 1990 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He also holds a Doctor of Medicine from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).

Operationally, Hancock served as command flight surgeon, Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 332 (VMFA(AW)); group surgeon, Marine Aircraft Group 31 (forward) in support of Operation Noble Anvil; officer in charge, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Health Services; and officer in charge, Fleet Surgical Team 7/Commander Amphibious Group 1 surgeon/Task Force 76. Additionally, he served as task force surgeon, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines where he developed and deployed the tactical trauma team concept, moving advanced resuscitative capabilities to the point of injury, and subsequently developed, tested, and deployed mobile trauma bays in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). His staff assignments include command surgeon, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and assistant deputy chief, medical operations, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED).

Hancock completed his family medicine residency at Naval Hospital Pensacola and an emergency medicine residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He served as staff physician and director of medical services, Naval Hospital Beaufort; director of medical services, Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune; deputy commander, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth; and as commanding officer, Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune, where he established the Navy’s first trauma center. Additionally, as the Navy and Marine Corps representative to the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Gray Team, he deployed multiple times in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, improving the policy and treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Hancock’s last staff tour was as deputy chief of transition, BUMED. He currently serves as Medical Officer of the Marine Corps/Director, Health Services, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps (with additional duty as Director of the Medical Corps).

Hancock maintains board certification with the American Board of Emergency Medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. His academic appointments include assistant professor of military/emergency medicine and assistant professor of neurology at USUHS.

Hancock is qualified as a naval flight surgeon, fleet marine force medical officer, and surface warfare medical department officer. In addition to numerous unit and campaign awards, his personal awards include the Legion of Merit (four awards), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and the Combat Action Ribbon.

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Chief, Navy Dental Corps

A native of Bloomington, Illinois, Rear Adm. Gayle Shaffer earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Alabama and a Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Alabama, School of Dentistry. She earned a certificate in comprehensive dentistry from the Naval Postgraduate Dental School and holds a master’s in health sciences from George Washington University. She received her commission as an ensign in 1989.

At sea, Shaffer served on USS Puget Sound (AD-38) completing two Mediterranean deployments. Ashore, her assignments include Naval Hospital Great Lakes; Great Lakes Naval Dental Center; clinic director, 2nd Dental Battalion, Camp Lejeune and Branch Dental Clinic, Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, Japan. She served as director, General Practice Residency; department head, Hospital Dentistry Division, and director for Branch Health Clinics, National Naval Medical Center.

Shaffer served as executive officer, 1st Dental Battalion/Naval Dental Center, Camp Pendleton and U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa; she served as commanding officer, Naval Hospital Jacksonville.

As an individual augmentee, Shaffer deployed as officer-in-charge of the Expeditionary Medical Facility, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and Operation Enduring Freedom. She also deployed as commanding officer, NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and Resolute Support, Train, Advise, Assist Command-South.

Her staff assignments include assistant deputy chief, medical operations, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; executive assistant to Navy deputy surgeon general, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; and liaison officer to the Defense Health Agency. She currently serves as director, Health Services, Headquarters Marine Corps and medical officer of the Marine Corps.

Shaffer maintains board certification in the American Board of General Dentistry, and is a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and International College of Dentists.

Shaffer’s personal awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards) and various other service and unit awards.

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Commander, Navy Medicine West; Director, Medical Service Corps

Rear Admiral Timothy Weber is a native of Holland, Michigan. He earned a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, and a Master of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. He received his commission as an ensign in 1989.

Operationally, Weber completed a one-year assignment in 2010 to the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command as Chief, Afghan National Police (ANP) Medical Advising Team/Advisor to the ANP Surgeon General. He has also served in senior staff positions as director of manpower resources, Medical Resources, Plans and Policy (OPNAV N931); legislative liaison, Secretary of the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs; various healthcare resourcing roles at the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; and chief of staff, TRICARE Management Activity, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.

Additionally, he has served as the director for administration, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and as executive officer, U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan. In 2015, Weber assumed command of U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan. Weber’s most recent assignment was at Navy Medicine West where he reported as chief of staff in 2017. He currently is the 19th Director of the Medical Service Corps.

His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, 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 Japanese Defense Cooperation Award (Second Class) from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

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Commander, Navy Medicine Education, Training And Logistics Command; Director, Navy Nurse Corps

Rear Adm. Tina Davidson is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Benedictine College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Louis University School of Nursing, she worked at St. Mary’s Health Center.

In 1986, she was commissioned as an ensign and reported to Naval Hospital San Diego, California, on the Postpartum, Complicated Obstetrics, and Intensive Care Units, and in 1989 she was assigned to US Naval Hospital Naples, Italy, on a Medical Surgical Ward.

She completed Instructor Training in 1992 then reported to Naval Hospital Corps School, Great Lakes, Illinois. In 1995, Davidson was assigned to the Aircraft Carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) as the ship’s nurse and earned her Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer (SWMDO) qualification.

In 1997 Davidson reported to U.S. Naval Hospital, Okinawa, Japan, as staff nurse then division officer of a Multiservice Ward, and then Special Care Unit.

Davidson attended The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and then reported to Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee, as an assignment officer in 2001. In 2004 she reported to Branch Health Clinic (BHC), Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, as the senior nurse executive, and then deployed to Kuwait as director of Nursing Services for Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF) Portsmouth. Returning in 2005, Davidson reported to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia, as the division officer of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and then associate service line leader for the Pediatric Department. In 2006 she was assigned as officer in charge, Boone BHC, Little Creek; Northwest Branch Medical Clinic; and TRICARE Prime Clinic Chesapeake.

In 2007 Davidson reported to US Fleet Forces Command as the Navy’s first Fleet Nurse. In 2010 she reported as executive officer, Naval Health Clinic (NHC) Annapolis, Maryland, and in 2012, she served in command of NHC New England, Newport, Rhode Island. In 2014 she reported as deputy director, Medical Resources, Plans and Policy (N0931), Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon, Washington, DC, prior to fleeting up as director in 2016. In May 2017 Davidson was appointed as the 25th director of the Navy Nurse Corps. Davidson currently serves as commander, Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Davidson’s other degrees include Master of Science in Nursing from The Catholic University of America; Master of Arts in Health Services Management, Webster University; and a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Rush University. In addition, Davidson is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a board-certified Advanced Nurse Executive (NEA-BC), and she is certified as a Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), as an Executive Nurse Practice (CENP), and as a Master Training Specialist (MTS). Personal awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (one award).

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Force Master Chief, Director Hospital Corps

A native of Lumberton, N. C., Force Master Chief Hosea Smith began his naval career on 15 September 1987 at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. followed by completion of the Hospital Corpsman “A” School.

He reported to his first duty station at Naval Hospital Pensacola, FL where he was assigned as a General Duty Hospital Corpsman and held a variety of assignments, to include Leading Petty Officer of Overseas Screening. During this tour, he was advanced to Third Class Petty Officer. In October 1990, Master Chief Smith reported to Field Medical Service School, Camp Johnson, NC. After graduation, he reported to 2d Marine Division at Camp Lejeune and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment where he deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm. He was later assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment where he again deployed to the Persian Gulf onboard the USS Nashville (LPD 13) as part of the Battalion Landing Team.

In February 1993, Master Chief Smith reported to Marine Corps Officer Candidate School, Quantico, VA and served as the Field Leading Petty Officer. He then transferred in September 1996, to Navy Personnel Command and served at the Health and Physical Readiness Department (PERS-6). In September 1998, Master Chief Smith was accepted to Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman School in San Diego, CA where he graduated with high distinction and was meritoriously advanced to Petty Officer First Class. In October 1999, Master Chief Smith reported to USS O’Brien (DD-975), forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. During this tour, the ship participated in numerous exercises and deployed to the Persian Gulf where the USS O’Brien earned the distinction “First to Fire”, launching tomahawk missiles to start Operation Enduring Freedom.

In January 2003, Master Chief Smith reported to Naval Special Warfare, Advanced Training Command at Little Creek, VA. During this tour he earned his Master Training Specialist designation. In January 2006, he reported to PRE-Commissioning Unit, Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron Four (later renamed Maritime Expeditionary Security Four) as the Senior Medical Department Representative. In addition to his medical duties, he volunteered to serve in the gapped Command Senior Chief billet and led MAREXSECRON FOUR on its initial CENTCOM deployment. In January 2009, he transferred to Maritime Expeditionary Security Group 2 as the Senior ISIC Independent Duty Corpsman. In June 2010, Master Chief Smith reported as the Command Master Chief of U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan.

During this tour he successfully coordinated the landmark 650 million dollar hospital relocation project in which the seamless move to a state of the art facility provided support to over 55,000 operational forces and their family members. In July 2013, Master Chief Smith assumed the duties simultaneously as Regional Command Master Chief of Navy Medicine West and Command Master Chief of Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA. In March 2015, he turned over responsibilities of Naval Medical Center San Diego and is now solely responsible for Navy Medicine West as the Regional Command Master Chief. Master Chief Smith is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 136 and Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course in Newport, RI. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management from Touro University International. Master Chief Smith’s personal awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (Two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Seven awards), Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and various campaign and unit awards.

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Deputy Chief, Total Force

As Deputy Chief, Total Force (M1/M7), Dr. Andrew Jones leads the manpower and personnel efforts for NavyMedicine’s more than 63,000 active duty, reserve, civilian, and contractor personnel worldwide. He directs NavyMedicine’s education and training strategy, policy, and resourcing and he provides executive leadership to BUMED’s Civilian Corps in its mission to advise and manage Navy Medicine’s civilian workforce. Dr. Jones’ financial responsibilities include execution of Operation & Maintenance and Military Personnel funding lines totaling more than $6 billion annually.

Prior to joining the Senior Executive Service in 2015, Dr. Jones was deputy director for three Service-wide human research protection programs including: Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA); Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N093); and a Marine Corps focused assignment at the Office of Naval Research (ONR). He previously worked as a personnel research psychologist and deputy director at Navy Personnel Research, Studies, and Technology (NPRST), Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS), the Navy’s personnel research laboratory. Before NPRST, Dr. Jones was an active duty Surface Warfare Officer. He served aboard five warships and took part in exercises, operations, and missions around the globe.

Dr. Jones holds a Ph.D. in manpower and personnel systems and multiple senior level certifications in human resources. His academic experience includes the University of Missouri—St. Louis; the University of Memphis; and the Naval Postgraduate School.

Dr. Jones completed executive education at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Senior Executive Fellow and the Harvard Business School General Management Program. He has completed the DoD APEX program and the DoD Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP). Additionally he has attended the Department of the Navy Executive Leadership Program (DELP) at UNC Chapel Hill, the DON Bridging the Gap Leadership Development Program, the Center for Creative Leadership LDP, and several others.

Dr. Jones has authored or co-authored more than 75 books, chapters, reports, and presentations and his awards include the Secretary of the Navy Award for Achievement in Safety Ashore, the Meritorious Service Medal, and several research excellence awards. Dr. Jones is listed among Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World.

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Command Surgeon, United States Pacific Command

Rear Adm. Louis Tripoli is a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and was raised in Washington, Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s degree at Harvard University, graduating with honors in 1980, and attended Medical School at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, graduating with honors in 1984. He was commissioned as a Navy officer in 1996.

After completing Navy Reserve assignments as a medical officer at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune and Naval Medical Center Bethesda, he was mobilized as group surgeon and public health officer for the 4th Civil Affairs Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force in 2004 and performed duties as a civil affairs and medical officer during combat operations in Fallujah.

In 2006, he served at Navy Personnel Command as senior medical officer, managing aspects of health policy and management for Navy personnel who were wounded, ill or injured. From 2008 until 2012, he served as executive officer and senior medical executive, Operational Health Support Unit, Naval Medical Center San Diego. In 2012, the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery selected him to serve as officer in charge of the Navy Expeditionary Medical Unit at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

He was selected as commanding officer, Operational Health Support Unit, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and first commanding officer of the newly commissioned Expeditionary Medical Facility Camp Pendleton, serving from 2013 to 2014, and subsequently served as deputy chief of staff for Navy Medicine West (San Diego) from December 2014 to September 2016. He was promoted to the rank of rear admiral (lower half) Oct. 1, 2016, and assumed the role of deputy commander for Navy Medicine East (Norfolk) and director of the Reserve Medical Corps. United States Pacific Command selected him as command surgeon, starting in February 2018.

His military awards include the Legion of Merit; the Bronze Star (US Marines); the Meritorious Service Medal (one Army and three Navy awards); Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with Eagle, Globe and Anchor; Fleet Marine Force Ribbon; and others. In 2006, the Navy Times named him Sailor of the Year.

Dr. Tripoli is board-certified in Internal Medicine and is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, American College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, and others. The medical faculty at the University of Pittsburgh elected him to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and appointed him chief resident. He has held appointments to the medical faculties at the University of Pittsburgh, Johns Hopkins University and St. Louis University Institute for Biosecurity. He has conducted teaching rounds for medical residents and students at Naval Medical Center San Diego and Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. He is the author of several book chapters and scientific research articles and holds two recent U.S. patents for medication safety technology.

He has also served as a senior medical executive in several prominent healthcare organizations in the civilian sector.

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Deputy, Medical Officer of the Marine Corps (RC)  Deputy Chief, Navy Reserve Dental Corps

Rear Adm. Brian Guldbek is a native of Chicago. He is a 1986 graduate of Loyola University School of Dentistry in Maywood, Illinois, where he received a Doctor of Dental Surgery.

Guldbek was directly commissioned as a lieutenant into the Navy Reserve in February 1999 and was initially assigned to Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois. After 6 months he transferred to the 4th Dental Battalion, 14th Dental Company, Det. 3 in Forest Park, Illinois, where he served as officer in charge. In March 2003 he was recalled to active duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 4th Medical Battalion providing dental care to both Active Duty and Reserve members in Kuwait and Iraq.

Guldbek’s tours included Reserve Fleet dental officer, U.S. Pacific Fleet; commanding officer, 4th Dental Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve, Marietta, Georgia; senior dental executive, Expeditionary Medical Facility, Bethesda Maryland; company commander, Surgical Company Alpha, 4th Medical Battalion, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; group dental officer, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve, New Orleans; executive officer, H&S Company, San Diego; 4th Medical Battalion, H&S Company, San Diego; battalion assistant administration officer (S-1A) and battalion administration officer (S-1), 4th Medical Battalion; and officer in charge 4th Dental Battalion, 14th Dental Company Det. 3.

In October 2016 Guldbek assumed duties as deputy medical officer of the Marine Corps (RC) and is authorized to wear the Fleet Marine Force Warfare Officer Device.

Guldbek’s decorations include Meritorious Service Award (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), Navy Presidential Unit Citation, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M and National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Hourglass.

He is currently in private practice in Libertyville, Illinois.

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Deputy Commander, Navy Medicine West; Deputy Director, Medical Service Corps

A native of Onamia, Minnesota, Rear Adm. Mark E. Bipes graduated from St. Olaf College in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and East Asian Studies. He joined active Navy service after receiving a Master of Industrial Safety and Industrial Hygiene from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1982.

He served on active duty as an industrial hygiene officer with assignments at Naval Hospital Patuxent River, Navy and Preventive Medicine Unit 5, Pacific Board of Inspection and Survey and USS Acadia (AD-42).

His Navy Reserve tours included officer-in-charge of 4th Medical Battalion Headquarters and Services Detachments in Alameda and Riverside, California; executive officer and commanding officer of the Operational Health Support Unit Camp Pendleton; U.S. 3rd Fleet Reserve Fleet surgeon; deputy chief of staff, Total Force Integration for Navy Medicine West; and N9 assistant chief of staff for the Commander Naval Forces Korea Headquarters.

In 1990 he participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm as the Safety and Environmental Protection officer aboard Acadia in operations in and around the Persian Gulf. In 2003 he was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with assignment to Kuwait and Iraq as officer-in-charge of the 1st Force Service Support Group Preventive Medicine Unit. In 2008 he was mobilized in support of Operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom and led the Navy Expeditionary Medical Unit which supported medical operations at the U.S. Army Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany.

Bipes is the recipient of the Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal (three awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal (three awards).

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Director, Research and Development (J-9), Defense Health Agency

Rear Adm. Mary Riggs graduated magna cum laude from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She practiced in a variety of critical care settings including coronary care, intensive care, shock trauma and post-surgical open heart. She received master’s degrees in both physiology and biophysics from Georgetown University, D.C.

Riggs was directly commissioned into the Navy Reserve. In 1990, she was recalled to active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm. She subsequently re-affiliated as a selected Reservist and served in a number of leadership roles supporting clinical units at National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) Bethesda. She served headquarter tours for Operational Health Support Unit (OHSU) Bethesda during Operation Iraqi Freedom supporting 13 detachments and instituted a number of global training and organizational programs to enhance medical readiness. In 2005, she was selected to serve on the woman’s board, bringing to light various gender related issues in the military setting. In 2007, she served with MedFlag 2007 in Gabon, Africa, and also served as the specialty leader for nursing research. In 2008 she was selected as the executive officer, OHSU Portsmouth and managed over 600 Reserve component personnel over 16 detachments.

Riggs served as the commanding officer, OHSU Portsmouth from 2010-2012. During her command, Operation Commanding Force was instituted with active component participation featuring Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support training. In addition to overall operational skills training, evolutions in weapons training, shipboard and disaster/triage training were accomplished. Overall medical readiness was maintained at 90 percent, serving a Reserve population of approximately 10,500. Under her guidance, various unit members submitted eight research publications/posters. This unit also received the Meritorious Unit Commendation for its excellence in medical and military operations.

In October 2013, Riggs was recalled to active duty serving at the deputy director of Reserve Policy and Integration. She was instrumental in launching two additional Expeditionary Medical Facility Units. She achieved significant improvements in overall mission readiness in the areas of manpower, personnel, budgeting, planning, policy, mobilization, training, integration and operational support. Her efforts advanced more operationally-centric missions capable of successfully integrating with the active component or joint forces, in support of any contingency operation. She led the execution of a $6 million budget, empowering 7,000 Navy Reserve Medicine personnel in support of the provision of high quality health care to 9.5 million beneficiaries. Riggs was hand-selected to be the principal lead for the Reserve Work- Stream Group in the development of the Electronic Health Record Program. She also served as the pillar lead for Navy Reserve Medicine. She was then selected as the deputy chief of staff for Reserve Navy Medicine Education and Training Command, effective January 2016. She was also assigned as commander, Reserve Component Expeditionary Medicine and deputy director, Nurse Corps.

She is currently assigned as the director, Research and Development (J-9), Defense Health Agency.

Riggs’ personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Naval Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards) and various service medals and unit awards.

In her civilian career, she has maintained her clinical skills, continued her pursuit of medical research in the development of new pharmaceuticals and devices and lastly, as a successful entrepreneur, developed two clinical research organizations. She founded a clinical research organization (CRO) in 1998, specializing in providing rigorous scientific clinical trials in products for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. She directed a number of efficacious pivotal trials for treatments in acute heart failure, coronary angiogenesis, coronary stents and immunomodulation in chronic heart failure.

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Executive Director, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Michael Malanoski is currently serving as the Executive Director at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), the headquarters command for Navy Medicine. In direct support to the Surgeon General and Deputy Surgeon General of the Navy, Dr. Malanoski works daily with the three directorates: Readiness & Health; Business Operations; and Total Force to advance BUMED’s medical mission through necessary and relevant requirements analyses, studies, and assessments.

Dr. Malanoski entered the Navy in 1973 through the NROTC Scholarship program. After graduating Summa cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross in Worchester, Mass., with a B.A. in Mathematics, he accepted an HPSP scholarship and attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. Upon completion of Medical School in 1981, he reported to Portsmouth Naval Hospital (PNH) to begin his career as a medical officer in the Navy Medical Department.

Beginning with his surgery internship at PNH, Dr. Malanoski spent the next 15 years at various commands within the Tidewater area. Upon completion of his internship, he reported to the USS Austin LPD-4 as the ship’s medical officer. He then returned to PNH in 1983 to start his General Surgery residency. Following his residency training, he became the ship’s surgeon aboard the USS John F. Kennedy CV-67 in 1987 until the summer of 1998 when he reported to PNH as a staff surgeon.

Over the next eight years Dr. Malanoski held various positions at the command. He was actively involved in graduate medical education as the assistant program director of the general surgery residency program, and served as the acting department head of general surgery from June 1994 - June 1995. In addition, he deployed for seven months with Fleet Hospital Five as a staff surgeon during Operation Desert Storm.

In 1996, he transferred to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where he held multiple leadership positions including: Director of the Breast Care Center, Chief of the Operative Care Service line, and Medical Director. As Medical Director, he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff, and served as a member of the Board of Directors. He was also named the Specialty Leader for General Surgery, a position he held from 2000-2004, and was intimately involved with reshaping the community to support the Global War on Terrorism.

Dr. Malanoski spent 2002-2004 at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery within the Office of the Medical Corps as Career Plans Officer. Upon completion of that tour, he returned to NNMC as the Director of Med-Surg services, a directorate that includes all specialty care, operating rooms, intensive care units, and med-surg wards at the MTF. In the summer of 2005, he was dual-hatted, adding the position of Chief of Staff to the Regional Commander for the NCA. In this role, he stood up the newly formed region acting as the first COS for the NCA. In the fall of 2005, he was named Deputy Director of the Office of Integration for the NCA, and was responsible for developing and implementing the plan to integrate NNMC and WRAMC into a single MEDCEN.

Dr. Malanoski served as Deputy Commander, NNMC, Bethesda, Maryland, from June 2006 – June 2008. From 2008 to 2009 he served as Chief of Staff for the BUMED. In August of 2009, Dr. Malanoski was selected as the first Commanding Officer of Naval Support Activity Bethesda. He retired from active service in 2011 and took a position as the deputy Chief of Staff for Futures and Innovation (M5) in BUMED in March of 2012. He was intimately involved with the implementation of the MHS Governance changes resulting in the establishment of the DHA, serving as Navy Medicine LNO(liaison officer) in addition to his duties as M5. In May of 2014 he was detailed to ASD(HA) for nine months to serve as lead action officer for the Secretary of Defense directed MHS review, a landmark study on MHS performance in the areas of patient safety, quality, and access. In July of 2015 he was selected to serve in the position of Executive Director of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.

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