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Douglas Searles
Commander, Medical Service Corps
Executive Officer
Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton
Commander Douglas Searles is a native of Portland, Oregon and received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Utah in 1994 and 1997 respectively. He completed post-graduate training in analytical chemistry at the University of Arizona in 2006.
CDR Searles has served in a variety of leadership positions across the Navy and the joint operating forces. Previously he was the Director of Operations for the Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit #6 (NEPMU-6) in Pearl Harbor Hawaii. He was responsible for specialized services (preventive medicine, industrial hygiene, environmental health, entomology, and microbiology support) to operational units and shore commands within the USINDOPACOM AOR. He was name requested by the Pacific Fleet Surgeon for direct support.
to the Commander, Pacific Fleet’s medical emergency operation cell. Additionally, he supported USARPAC, MARFORPAC, NAVEUR, U.S. Coast Guard, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and all PACFLT Numbered Fleet and TYCOM Surgeons. He also executed 24 Global Health Engagement missions to 14 countries in support of USINDOPACOM Health Theater Security Cooperation Plan.
CDR Searles deployed several times as the PEO-CBRNE Liaison Officer to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) Forward Director. He supported the mission of overall synchronization and integration of operations for five Program Managers operating equipment and supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Resolute Support. This provided Chemical and Biological capabilities to forward operating bases across Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, and Qatar. He also served as the Navy Medicine representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization for the CBRN Medical Working Group and the Biomedical Defense Advisory Committee.
His other assignments included Deputy Director CWMD, BUMED M2 (later M94) Falls Church, Virginia.; Chief of Technical Services and Quality Assurance, Certifying Scientist, Chief of Military Working Dog Laboratory, Armed Forces Medical Examiner, Rockville, MD.; Division Officer/Military Biochemist, Threat Assessment Department, Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit #2, Norfolk, VA.; and Biochemist, Navy Drug Laboratory, San Diego, CA.
CDR Searles has several publications on enantiomeric separation and quantitation and lipid peroxidation. His personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Joint Commendation Medal (3 awards); Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal and numerous unit and campaign awards.

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