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Each May we celebrate National Nurses Week (6th-12th) and mark the anniversary of the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps (13th). This month offers a time to honor the daily contributions of nurses—both past and present—and remember the vital roles they play in saving lives and caring for those in need. From 1908 to today, Navy nurses have been an essential part of Navy Medicine’s story. Whether in the fight against deadly pandemics, on the frontlines of war, or in the everyday care of warfighters and beneficiaries, the Navy Nurse Corps is a big reason why Navy Medicine is able to project Medical Power for Naval Superiority. One of many historical examples of this are the Navy’s Air Evacuation Nurses (AKA, Flight Nurses) of World War II. Navy flight nurses were the first women to set foot on active battlefields of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and played vital roles in providing care to thousands of war wounded and prisoners of war.

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