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Commanding Officer's Corner

CAPT Andrew F. Vaughn
Commanding Officer
Medical Corps
United States Navy

Captain Andrew Francis Vaughn was first commissioned in the U.S. Navy in May, 1985 from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. He reported as the Damage Control Assistant aboard the USS PLEDGE (MSO-492) in Seattle, Washington. While serving on the USS PLEDGE, he qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer. As a Line Officer, he also served on the USS PLUCK (MSO-464), the USS VINCENNES (CG-49) and on Commander, Joint Task Force Middle East Staff embarked on the USS LA SALLE (AGF-3). He left active duty in 1990 to pursue a degree in Medicine. He graduated from Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1996 and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Medical Corps. In June, 1997 he completed an internship in Basic Surgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He then reported aboard the USS FORT McHENRY (LSD-43) in Sasebo, Japan as a general medical officer. In July of 1999, he reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego as a staff medical officer and was selected to be the Senior Medical Officer (SMO) at Branch Medical Clinic San Diego. He served as the SMO from July 2000 until June 2001, when he started his residency. In June, 2003 he completed his General Preventive Medicine Residency at the Uniform​ Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. From there, he was stationed at Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit FIVE as a Preventive Medicine Officer. In January, 2005 he deployed to Al Asad, Iraq with Forward Deployed Preventive Medicine Unit – ​West as the Officer-in-Charge. In that capacity, he provided echelon three preventive medicine services for all troops stationed in Iraq’s largest province of Al Anbar.
Shortly after returning from Iraq, CAPT Vaughn transferred to the nascent Riverine Group ONE (RIVGRU 1), in Little Creek, Virginia. As Group Surgeon for RIVGRU 1, he assisted in establishing and deploying three new Riverine Squadrons to Iraq where they conducted integrated river combat operations with Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces. In August of 2009, CAPT Vaughn reported to the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center and assumed duties as the Health Promotions Division Officer. In 2010, he became the Deputy Director of the Expeditionary Preventive Medicine Directorate and in that capacity oversaw the reunification of the Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Units under the Public Health Center. In December 2010, he deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan as the International Security Assistance Force Preventive Medicine Officer, providing advice and policy guidance for the care of over 120,000 coalition troops. Upon his return from Afghanistan in 2011, he became the Officer-in-Charge of Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit TWO in Norfolk, Virginia. In this capacity, he was responsible for providing force health protection, environmental health, industrial hygiene, sentinel microbiology, disease outbreak control and entomology support to Navy and Marine Corps assets in an area of responsibility that covered the eastern U.S., South America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. CAPT Vaughn was promoted to his current rank in September of 2012. In September of 2013, he transferred to become Director, Naval Medical Research Unit TWO Detachment Phnom Penh, Cambodia under the aegis of the Naval Medical Research Center - Asia, located in the Republic of Singapore.  In June of 2016, after three years in Cambodia, he transferred to the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit THREE (NAMRU-3) in Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt assuming the duties as the executive officer.  CAPT Vaughn assumed command of NAMRU-3 in September of 2016.  During his tenure, NAMRU-3 initiated and maintained research projects in nine countries across the Middle East and Africa and began the transition to its new home in Sicily.


CAPT Vaughn’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with a Gold Star, Navy Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and the NATO-ISAF Medal.


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