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Commanding Officer
Captain Jeff Bitterman, a native of Buffalo, New York, was commissioned in 1991 after graduating from Houghton College with a degree in Biology.  He then earned his MD from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in 1995.  He completed the U.S. Army Airborne and Air Assault Schools and was designated an Expert Parachutist during additional training with the Navy Special Warfare detachment.  In 1997, while stationed at NAS Pensacola, he was designated a Naval Flight Surgeon.  He subsequently completed residency training at Naval Medical Center San Diego and obtained board certification in Emergency Medicine.

His operational tours include deployments with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.  During OEF I, he was assigned to the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing and was instrumental in establishing the initial joint multinational theater MEDEVAC plan.  While assigned as CATF Surgeon and Officer in Charge, Fleet Surgical Team THREE, he was selected as the Medical Contingent Commander for PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2009, where he integrated personnel from six partner nations and ten non-governmental organizations to improve disaster response capacity in five host nations and enhance regional stability in the Asia Pacific.


While assigned to Naval Hospital Guam, he served first as Emergency Medicine Department Head and then as Director of Medical Services.  While serving as interim Executive Officer, he implemented a command wide patient centered service excellence initiative, a precursor to the current MHS Patient Centered Medical Home Port Model.  CO

Captain Bitterman was detailed to Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in 2010, where he served as both the Director of Medical Services and Wounded Warrior Medical Director.  There, he stood up the Navy's first Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, established the Warrior Recovery Center, and was instrumental in executing a successful transition into a new replacement hospital.  During this tour, he deployed as OIC of Noble Eagle 4608 to the United Kingdom Role 3 Combat Hospital in Camp Bastion and to the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan.


He obtained his MBA from the Naval Postgraduate School in September 2014 and received the Louis D. Liskin Award for Excellence in Business and Public Policy.  In June 2015, he was slated as Executive Officer of Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital in Twentynine Palms, California, where he opened a new Branch Clinic and stood up the Marine Centered Medical Home.  He was a key contributor to the Southern California coalition and expanded regional telemedicine capability.


A fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Dr. Bitterman has served as an Assistant Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine and on the Executive Board for the San Diego Integrated Healthcare Initiative. He is a member of multiple professional organizations including the American College of Health Care Executives and the American Medical Association


Captain Bitterman's personal awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with three Gold Stars, Strike/Flight Air Medal with Numeral 1, Aerial Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars, USAF Commendation Medal, USAF Outstanding Unit Award with combat "V", NATO ISAF Medal, and various unit, service, and campaign awards.

Executive Officer

Captain Thecly Hines Scott is a native of Charleston, South Carolina.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, a Master of Science in Nursing - Midwifery and Women’s Health from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from Duquesne University.

Scott began her Navy career after completing Basic Training in Orlando, Florida in 1989.  She completed Aviation Electronic Technician A- School and reported to Patrol Squadron Five (VP-5) in Jacksonville, Florida.  With VP-5, she deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and received the Naval ROTC – Nurse option scholarship. She was commissioned in 1995 and reported to the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, assigned as a staff nurse on the Mother-Infant unit. In 1997, she transferred to U. S. Naval Hospital Guam, where she worked as a staff nurse on the Labor, Delivery, and Recovery unit.  She reported to Naval Recruiting District, Richmond, Virginia, in 1999 and served as a medical officer recruiter. 

In 2002, she reported to Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida where she established and served as the division officer for an obstetrical triage and antenatal testing center.  She was selected for duty under instruction to complete graduate education in a Nurse-Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program.  Following graduate school, she reported to U. S. Naval Hospital Okinawa in 2007 to complete her utilization tour as a certified nurse-midwife. 

Scott reported to Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) in 2010 where she served as the Department Head, Obstetrics and Gynecology.  In 2011, she became the first female and nurse to be appointed as the Director of Surgical Services at NHB.  She led 10 departments, which provided outpatient and inpatient surgical care for over 36,000 beneficiaries.  She also served as the acting lead for the Puget Sound Military Health System Surgical Consortium, which included surgical team members from Madigan Army Medical Center, NHB, and Naval Hospital Oak Harbor to maximize surgical patient care through joint service partnerships. Additionally, in 2015, she received the Kitsap SUN Health Care Heroes Military Medical Personnel Award. 

In 2015, she transferred to Naval Medical Center San Diego where she initially served as a staff nurse-midwife before becoming the department head for Maternal Infant Nursing.  She managed a team of 142 staff members providing care on the level III labor and delivery unit, perinatal specialty care unit, and maternal infant care unit.  She also served as the senior nurse for the Surgical Services Directorate and was responsible for all nursing care across the perioperative and surgical outpatient services.  In 2017, she deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, where she served as the executive officer for the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit.  

Her personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various service and unit awards.

Command Master Chief
Robert J. Stockton, CMDCM (AW/SW)

Command Master Chief Stockton, born in Bremerton, Washington, enlisted in the United States Navy in October 1995. Following completion of Basic Training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois he reported to Naval Technical Training Center, Meridian, Mississippi, where he completed Personnelman “A” school. Upon graduation, he reported for duty aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72).

His follow on operational assignments include USS HARPERS FERRY (LSD 49) homeported in Sasebo, Japan; VAW-125 in Norfolk, Virginia; Base Command Group Al-Asad, Iraq as an individual augmentee in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN 74) homeported in Bremerton, Washington and Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.

Additionally, he was stationed ashore at Personnel Support Activity Detachment Bangor, Washington; Personnel Support Activity Detachment Okinawa, Japan and reported for instructor duty at Naval Technical Training Center, Meridian, Mississippi.

During his career, he earned an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist designators. He completed the Command Career Counselor school and was awarded the 9588 Navy Enlisted Classification. As the lead instructor for the Navy’s Administration schoolhouse, he earned the instructor 9502 Navy Enlisted Classification and qualified as a Master Training Specialist. He graduated from the Senior Enlisted Academy Class 182 in September 2014

Throughout his career, he continued his formal education by earning an Associate’s of Arts degree from Central Texas College in 2004, a Baccalaureate of Science from Excelsior College in 2007 and graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma in 2012.

In 2016, during his tour onboard USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN 74) he was selected as a Command Senior Chief. In April 2016, he was promoted to the rank of Command Master Chief. In August 2016, he was assigned as the Command Master Chief Electronic Attack Squadron 132, homeported in Whidbey Island, Washington. As of March 2019, he is currently serving as the Command Master Chief for Naval Hospital Bremerton.

Command Master Chief Stockton’s decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal (four awards) and various unit and campaign awards.