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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON – (Jan. 25, 2024) – Retired Navy Master Chief and U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales (TX-23) presented Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition to members of the Navy Medicine Training Support Center’s (NMTSC) Chief Mess at the Defense Health Agency’s (DHA) Medical Education and Training Campus (METC). Present were Senior Chief Legalman Sean Harris, Chiefs Hospital Corpsman Javier Sanchez, Luis Amaya, Phillip Tinker, and Wendel Stanford. The Sailors were recognized for serving as the funeral detail for the late Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Joe Luna in Uvalde, Texas, Nov. 20, 2023. The family of Luna contacted Gonzales’ office for assistance in which they reached out to retired Force Master Chief Paul St. Sauver of Veterans Resource Team for help. St. Sauver contacted the NMTSC’s Chief Mess, and seven members of the mess volunteered to answer the family’s request and to pay due honor to a fellow Navy chief and hospital corpsman. Joining Gonzales at the ceremony was Force Master Chief PatrickPaul Mangaran, director, Hospital Corps, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). NMTSC is the Navy component command that provides initial training for thousands of Sailors, annually, through the Hospital Corpsman Basic “A” School and follow on training at Advanced Specialty “C” Schools. (U.S. Navy photo by Burrell Parmer, NMFSC Public Affairs/Released)

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