NBHC Meridian is one of 10 branch clinics assigned to Naval Hospital Pensacola.
Vision: To be the health system of readiness and excellence for America’s heroes, past and present, and their families.
Mission: Deliver high quality health care to ensure a medically ready force and a ready medical force through strategic partnerships and innovation
Guiding Principles: #NHPGREAT
Global Ready Excellent Accessible Trustworthy
LCDR Kenneth Padgett, MCLCDR Kenneth Padgett was born in Charlotte, NC. He graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne College in May, 2000, with a Bachelors of Art degree in International Business and Economics. On July 19, 2000, he reported to Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Pensacola, FL, to become a Naval Flight Officer. Upon graduating OCS in October, 2000, ENS Padgett was transferred to Aviation Preflight Training Indoctrination to continue his aviation training until being transferred to the Fleet Replenishment Squadron (FRS), VAW-120 in Norfolk, VA, home of the E-2C Hawk-eye, a command and control platform. On September 13, 2002 ENS Padgett earned his Naval Flight Officer "Wings of Gold” and then was promoted to LTJG in November of that year. He continued his training until he graduated from the FRS in February 2003.
LTJG Padgett was assigned to VAW-115, The Liberty Bells, based aboard CV-63 USS Kitty-Hawk, home ported in Atsugi, Japan. LTJG Padgett met his Battle Group in Bahrain in preparation for the upcoming invasion of Iraq. After showing a high level of proficiency as an Air Intercept Control Officer (AIC), LT Padgett was selected to attend the prestigious Navy Fighter Weapons School in Fallon, NV, commonly known as TOPGUN. Upon graduation, he returned to VAW-115 to become the AIC subject matter expect for the entire Carrier Air Wing, CVW-5. Also during this tour he was selected to become the Aircraft Division Officer, the largest Division within the squadron. He Directly supervised more than 50 Sailors and 17 vital maintenance programs ensuring the division successfully completed the E-2C Type Wing maintenance inspection, while streamlining the support equipment license process that produced more than 115 new qualifications.
In February, 2006 LT Padgett was transferred to the Center for Naval Leadership where he qualified as an instructor to facilitate division officer leadership skills. While there, he led a department of 16 Sailors and 3 civilians, while supporting 17 local classrooms, 10 learning sites, and 18 different courses of instruction. LT Padgett was selected for an Individual Augmentation to Camp Victory, Iraq in November 2006. There, he assisted in driving the $13.5 million, Iraq-wide radio/internet network to initial capability. Spearheaded data collection and gap analysis study of the RIPRNET network throughout the Iraqi Theater of Operation.
In June of 2009, LT Padgett laterally transferred to the Medical Service Corps. He was selected to attend the Army-Baylor DUINS program located at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX. He earned a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Health Administration. He completed his residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Upon the completion of his residency, LT Padgett was transferred to Fort Belvoir Community Hospital as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Plan. He was temporarily assigned to the Operations department where he assisted in the operational opening of the hospital. In September, he transitioned to Patient Administration Department to lead the Admissions and Dispositions section.
In July of 2013, LT Padgett transferred to Naval Hospital Bremerton to assume the duties of Business Manager, Director for Medical Services. While there, he was selected and promoted to Lieutenant Commander. In March of 2015, he deployed for an Individual Augmentation to the NATO Role 3 MMU at Kandahar, Afghanistan. He served as the Patient Administration and Tactical Operations Department Head. Upon his return, in conjunction with his regular duties, he was selected to be the Department Head of Staff Education and Training and to be the Champion of the Command Annual Access to Care Committee.
LCDR Padgett currently serves as the Officer in Charge, Naval Branch Health Clinic, Meridian, MS.
His personal awards include the Air Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, gold star in lieu of second award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with bronze V, gold star in lieu of third award and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal gold star in lieu of second award as well as various unit and campaign awards.