NHCCC corpsman to White House Medical UnitBy: William Love, NHC Corpus Christi Public Affairs , DVIDS
Published: 9/19/2018 1:53 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (Sept. 18, 2018) -- Navy Petty Officer 1st Class (Fleet Marine Force) Toan T. Tran, a Navy hospital corpsman at Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi, transferred to begin a three-year assignment at the White House Medical Unit (WHMU).
He was the top Navy hospital corpsman, out of six applicants, selected to serve with the WHMU that provides comprehensive medical care to the president, vice president and their immediate families.
Although the Lewisville, Texas native had never imagined a special assignment, he remained passionate about a career in healthcare when he enlisted in 2010, so becoming a Navy corpsman made sense.
“I [realized] more and more people are becoming health conscious and they want to live a healthy, fit lifestyle,” he said. “I want to make a difference in people’s lives by helping them get better in many ways.”
At his first command, Combat Logistics Regiment 37, 3d Marine Logistics Group in Okinawa, Japan, Tran served in a variety of roles and leadership positions, notably as an instructor in Command Training Team Indoctrination, Basic Lifesaving, and Tactical Combat Casualty Care.
At NHCCC’s Staff Education and Training Department, Tran’s second assignment, he ensured the delivery of professional, occupational and operational education, training and logistics to support the Navy Medicine mission.
“Training is a big part of everyone’s lives. In order for someone to do something they need to be trained on it and then watched and be competent enough to do it,” he said. “We educate and train our staff to be competent in keeping the Navy and Marine Corps team ready to fight.”
Tran’s future plans are to serve in direct patient care. But until then, he stays focused on his career progression.
Since enlisting, the 26-year-old has taken advantage of available opportunities, garnering recognition along the way for his initiative and dedication.
For example, during a one year period beginning in 2012, Tran was advanced to petty officer 3rd class, and petty officer 2nd class, plus he was selected as Blue Jacket of the Quarter, and twice chosen as Junior Sailor of the Quarter.
Furthermore, with unrelenting determination to improve, Tran’s sustained superior performance earned him a meritorious promotion to petty officer 1st class in 2017.
With such a quick progression up the ladder of success, who wouldn’t consider Tran’s achievements impressive?
Speak with him about his motivation, and without hesitation he will credit strong parental influence.
“Coming from a Vietnamese background, my parents raised me and my little brother with high expectations,” he said. “Making the bed every morning, preparing our own breakfast, and doing regular chores around the house were normal expectations and part of everyday life.”
Moreover, Tran says his parents’ success at managing their own business served as a model of diligence through discipline.
“They are goal-oriented and have always had high expectations. Sometimes I would make it and sometimes I wouldn’t, but discipline was always key,” he said. “If I didn’t do as well as they expected, particularly in school, there were repercussions: discipline and tutor sessions.”
Embracing his parents’ emphasis on hard work, discipline and education has paid Tran big dividends.
He recently completed his bachelor’s degree and has already begun working on his requirements for a master’s.
And not surprisingly, during the short while Tran has been on active duty he has gained a greater appreciation for the collective elements that help lead to success.
“Having many mentors and challengers keep you accountable for your goals,” he said. “It is all about teamwork and I always try to remember that I cannot do it all by myself. If I thought that I could, I would not have been able to get where I am today, or where I would like to go in the future. Navy Medicine has given me the tools and knowledge to further my career and my personal life, and I will put those tools to good use at my new assignment.”
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