Captain Carolyn C. Rice
Commanding Officer
U.S. Naval Medical Readiness and Training Command Yokosuka

A native of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, CAPT Carolyn Rice received her bachelor’s degree Summa Cum Laude from Syracuse University and her medical degree from the University of Rochester Medical School.  She completed post‐graduate training in internal medicine at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and is designated as a Naval Flight Surgeon.

From 2018 to 2020, Rice served as the Executive Officer for Navy Medicine Readiness Training Center Portsmouth, where she oversaw the daily operations of a 293‐bed academic medical center and ten clinics providing care to 118,000 enrollees with 7,000 staff.

As prior Executive Officer for Navy Medicine Operational Training Center from 2016 to 2018, she oversaw  the training for numerous operational platforms such as the EMF and the Role II Light training capability.  From 2011 to 2016, she also served as Director of Medical Services and Department Head at Naval Hospital Pensacola.

Operationally she deployed as Surgeon General for the Combined Joint Special Operations Air Command in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraq Freedom in 2009, where she was the Senior Advisor for the Air Component and oversaw enroute evacuation, medical regulation, and all clinical support.  She previously served as Naval Flight Surgeon and Department Head at the Naval Aeromedical Institute in Pensacola, during which time she was also the ACLS Director and Chair for Medical Emergency Planning Advisory Committee.

CAPT Rice’s overseas assignments include Chair of the Medical Executive Committee following assignment as the Physician Advisor for Performance Improvement for USNH Naples in 2008.    Additionally, she served with the 3rd FSSG USMC in Okinawa as the Senior Medical Officer at Camp Hansen and deployed in support of COBRA GOLD in 1999.

CAPT Rice is a Fellow with the American College of Physicians.  She was selected for the Military Health System Female Physician Leadership Course and awarded the Navy’s Sparks Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine.  Her military decorations include a   Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars, Air Force   Aerial Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars, a Navy   Achievement Medal, and Fleet Marine Force Service ribbon as well as various other campaign medals and honors.  

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