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Captain David Krulak
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Commanding Officer
U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan
 

Captain Krulak was commissioned in the Navy from the NROTC program at Rice University in 1989. After finishing the Nuclear Power pipeline, his initial fleet tour was on the USS Tennessee SSBN 734 (Gold) in King’s Bay, GA. He completed this tour as the Tactical Systems department head – responsible for the Sonar, Fire Control and Torpedo Divisions.

He was then re-commissioned into the Medical Corps and matriculated at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. After graduation, he achieved designation as a Naval Flight Surgeon and was assigned to the “Black Sheep” of VMA-214 in Yuma, AZ where he deployed to Japan in support of the 31st MEU. He completed this tour as interim MAG-13 surgeon.

His next operational assignment was as group surgeon for the Marine Special Operations Support Group in Camp Lejeune, NC. As a plank owner at the Marine Special Operations Command, he created medical infrastructure and directed the multi-disciplinary clinic to sustain 2500 Marines. While attached, he supported a special operations mission for GWOT – Trans-Sahel in central Africa.

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He subsequently reported to the USS John C Stennis (CVN 74) as the senior medical officer and Health Services department head. He completed a deployment in that billet, responsible for the operations of the combined Medical and Dental Divisions, a 52-bed inpatient ward, and a three bed ICU.

Upon completion of the CVN tour, he was assigned to Naval Hospital Pensacola and simultaneously served as the director of Branch Health Clinics and director of Public Health, responsible for 750 personnel in ten Naval Branch Health Clinics across five separate states. He subsequently was selected to be the hospital interim executive officer for four consecutive months.

During this tour, he was competitively slated to serve as the deputy commander, Joint Medical Group, JTF-GTMO. Deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, he was responsible for the safe, humane, legal, and transparent medical, dental, and mental health care of both law of war detainees and Joint Task Force Troopers.

He subsequently was assigned as command surgeon, U.S. Marine Forces Pacific, responsible for the care of 89,000 Marines in the largest operational command in the USMC. He synchronously pursued medical diplomacy and global health engagement in support of PACOM theater security cooperation, while providing medical oversight of 3,200 medical professionals in the Asia-Pacific.

Prior to assuming the role of commanding officer, U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, he served as the executive officer of U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, the largest U.S. military treatment facility on mainland Japan. In this command and its five Naval Health Branch Clinics he was responsible for providing medical care and readiness for 42,000 Forward Deployed Naval Forces and their families in three countries, across 6,000 miles.

CAPT Krulak is a graduate of the Navy’s Aerospace Medicine residency in Pensacola, FL and Family Medicine residency in Camp Lejeune, NC. He holds a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma State University.

His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (5 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. His qualifications include Gold Submarine Dolphins, Naval Flight Surgeon Wings, Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer Pin, Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer Pin, Basic Parachutist Wings, Strategic Deterrent Patrol Pin (5 awards), and Silver Submarine Dolphins.

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Executive Officer
U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan
 
CAPT Nelson, a native of Everett, Washington was selected for a Health Professions Scholarship while completing his undergraduate studies at North Park University in Chicago, IL and commissioned in 1991 as an Ensign. After graduating from Rush Medical College in 1995 he was commissioned as a Lieutenant and completed his general surgery residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego in 2002. In addition, he completed fellowship training in minimally invasive surgery at the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA in 2007.
 
He has served in a variety of clinical posts and leadership positions during his 23 year career. After tours at sea on USS Juneau (LPD 10) and USS John C Stennis (CVN 74), he made combat deployments to Iraq, the Horn of Africa and Afghanistan as a trauma surgeon. During his career he has delivered surgical care at sea and in austere field hospitals around the world. In addition, he served for five years as teaching faculty at Naval Medical Center San Diego’s Department of General Surgery and holds and an appointment as an assistant professor of surgery from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD.
 
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From 2011 to 2014, he served as the chief of professional services for 1st Medical Battalion and enhanced the pre-deployment preparation of deploying surgical companies using a robust didactic and skills based curriculum which relied heavily on simulation to ready trauma teams for deployment to Afghanistan. In this role he was appointed as the Marine Corps’ representative to the Combat Trauma Surgery Committee. Prior to assuming his role as executive officer, US Naval Hospital Okinawa, he served as the director of surgical services at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in support of the marines, sailors and families of I Marine Expeditionary Force.
 
A diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, CAPT Nelson is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and active in the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and Pacific Coast Surgical Association. His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
 

 


 

 

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Command Master Chief
U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan
 
Command Master Chief Hathorn is a native of Bassfield, Mississippi. He enlisted in the United States Navy in February 1993.  Following completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command, Orlando Florida he reported to Apprenticeship Training Center Orlando.

His Fleet assignments include USS SEATTLE (AOE-3) Earle, New Jersey; Naval Technical Training Center Meridian Mississippi; USS LASSEN (DDG 82); Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Cuba; Fleet Industrial Supply Center Yokosuka, Japan; United States Forces Iraq Baghdad Iraq; USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76); Navy Personnel Command, Millington Tennessee, USS DEXTROUS (MCM 13).  Command Master Chief Hathorn is currently serving as the Command Master Chief at Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan.

He holds a Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.  Additionally, Master Chief Hathorn is a graduate of the United States Navy Senior Enlisted Academy Class 193 and the Command Master Chief / Chief of the Boat course in Newport, Rhode Island.  He has earned his Enlisted Surface and Aviation Warfare Specialists designations.

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His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1 award), Joint Commendation Medal (1 award), Joint Achievement Medal (1 award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards), Good Conduct Medals (5) and numerous unit and campaign awards.

 

 

 

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