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Profiles in Medical Power - HM2 A. Joseph Brown

by Navy Medicine | 16 December 2020

by Navy Medicine | 16 December 2020

HM2 (SW) A. Joseph Brown

USS Cole (DDG 67) General Duty Corpsman


HM2 Brown completed Corpsman A School in San Antonio Texas where he learned about prevention and treatment of disease, disability and injury using preventive medicine and public health procedures and practices. He is trained in medical record keeping, supervising shipboard environmental sanitation and preventive medicine programs as well as monitoring and ensuring air, water, food and habitability standards are met. 

HM2 A. Joseph Brown stands for a photo in the Medical Spaces aboard USS Cole (DDG 67). US Navy photo.


HM2 Brown is a member of the Medical Department on USS Cole (DDG 67). As a General Duty Corpsman, he assists the Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC) in the prevention and treatment of disease, disability, and injury using first aid and preventive medicine procedures.

BLACK SEA (Feb. 19, 2015) USS Cole (DDG 67) conducts a live-fire gunnery exercise with the MK 45 5-inch gun Feb. 19, 2015. Cole, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mat Murch/Released)


As a General Duty Corpsman HM2 Brown assists in the planning, and management of functions in support of medical readiness and quality healthcare delivery. He works as a team to ensure routine medical care is complete and properly recorded such as PHAs and immunizations. In order to increase the medical readiness of his crew and their ability to respond to medical emergencies, he instructs non-medical Sailors in first aid, self-aid and personal hygiene. As part of standardization, he provides assistance in the maintenance of environmental and occupational health standards and records. To ensure the Medical Department is using the latest information from higher headquarters, HM2 Brown coordinates with Medical Readiness Division Norfolk and Naval Surface Force Atlantic Medical Officers.


HM2 Brown supports combat operational readiness by ensuring Sailors aboard his ship are medically ready to fight and win. This year more than ever the small medical team onboard USS Cole has projected medical power by keeping the crew in the fight through the COVID-19 pandemic by helping to keep illness at bay. In addition to this, he projects medical power by supporting the medical needs of the crew while at sea so anyone who does become ill or injured can be quickly treated.

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