Meet the NMOTC Executive Officer
CAPT Michael Kohler,NC,USN
Captain Michael Kohler is a pioneer from the centennial state of Colorado. He entered the Navy in 1987 as a seaman recruit shortly after graduating from Longmont High School. He completed hospital corpsman school and was selected to attend basic laboratory school. His first assignment as a hospital apprentice was at Naval Hospital Pensacola in May 1988. During his tour, during off duty time, he received his Associate Degree of Nursing from Pensacola Junior College in June 1991. He left Pensacola as an HM2 and was commissioned at 22 as a Warrant Officer 1.
While stationed at Oakland Naval Medical Center from December 1991-July 1995, he served as a staff nurse on a medical nursing floor. During his liberty time, he completed his Bachelor of Science Nursing at California State University, Hayward prior to transferring to Naval Hospital Guam.
During his tour at Naval Hospital Guam from July 1995-August 1997, he was a Trauma Nursing Instructor affiliated with the Emergency Nurses Association. He has taught trauma nursing in Japan, South Korea, Guam, and the United States. He achieved his Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN), and Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN). He was a health care provider in both Korean Airline Crash 801 and Operation Pacific Haven.
In September 1997 he returned to Naval Hospital Pensacola and was assigned to the intensive care unit before being selected to serve as Department Head, Health Promotions. He achieved his certification in health promotions and was the Co-Chairman of the Pensacola Health Excellence Symposium for two years. He was also awarded district 1 military nurse of the year by the Florida Nurses Association. In addition, he gave the commencement address to the 1998 spring graduation at Pensacola State College.
Assigned as the clinic manager NBHC Whiting Field from March 2001-December 2004, he spearheaded the award winning video "If You Wait, It Could be too Late!" The video received a Department of Defense and Department of the Navy Award. He also completed his Masters of Education ETMS from the University of West Florida. Captain Kohler was nominated for nurse of the year in both 2002 and 2003.
Captain Kohler reported to Navy Medical Education & Training Command from January 2005-July 2007. He was responsible for developing the Expeditionary Medicine Web Based Training. Other accolades included Captain of the Navy DC Running Team and coordinator for the CJ Reddy leadership conference.
In July 2008, he assumed duties as Officer in Charge for NBHC NAS Pensacola in which he served until March 2011. He then deployed as an Individual Augmentee to Joint Task Force Joint Medical Group Guantanamo Bay, Cuba until October 2011. Upon returning he was selected to serve as Director, Healthcare Business from October 2011-April 2015.
On April 24, 2015 he was reassigned and assumed duties as Officer in Charge NBHC Belle Chasse. A robust ambulatory Branch Health Clinic with an enrolled population of 5500. He transferred April 2018 and assumed duties as Executive Officer Navy Medicine Operational Training Center.
CAPT Kohler's military decorations include a Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Navy Commendation Medal with gold star and a Navy Achievement Medal with four gold stars as well as various other campaign medals and honors.
Captain Kohler is married to Shannon Kohler. They have three daughters Natalie, Cassie, and Allison.