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  1. 1. Navy IDC NAVYIDCA@YAHOO.COM Issue #2 June 2011 NAVY IDC Independent Duty Corpsman Association Newsletter NEW IDCA OFFICERS Inside Page 2 2011 IDC of the Year! Page 3 President’s Message Page 4 AFOMS 2011 Page 5 Wounded Warriors Page 6 “A” School Relocates Page 7 DetailerCorner/ IDCA AgendaCongratulations to our newly elected IDCA Team!From left: President: HMCS Raymond Meyers,Secretary: HMC Miguel Lugo, HMCM Keith Staples, Treasurer:HMCS Eliza Rubic, and Vice President: HMC Randy Swanson. Independent Duty Corpsman Association: Serving the Warfighter 24 hours a day!
  2. 2. Navy IDC Issue #1 June 2011 #2 BUMED IDC OF THE YEARBZ to the 2011 BUMED IDC’s of the year!2011 SURFACE FORCE IDC of the Year:HM1(SW/FMF) Wasim. S. MohamedUSS FARRAGUT (DDG 99)2011 SUBMARINE FORCE IDC of the Year:HM1(SS/FMF) Aaron P. McKnightUSS TOLEDO (SSN 769)2011 EXPEDITIONARY FORCE IDC of the Year:HMC(FMF/EXW) Eric J. Motz1st BATTALION, 2ND MARINES From left: HMCM Thompson, HM12011 SHORE DUTY IDC of the Year: Mohamed, and FORCM Martinez.HMC (SW/AW/EXW) Randall E. MossNAVAL MEDICAL CENTER SAN DIEGO A Message from the IDCA President I would like to take this time to Our goal is the train ourselfs to responsibility and accept the thank everyone who participated the best of our abilities. We will challenge. in the 5th Annual Armed Forces instill in them, and demonstrate I would like to introduce your Operational Medical Symposium by our own example, the highest new IDCA officers: (AFOMS) in Colorado Springs, standard of Honor, Courage, and CO. Our goal is to maximize as Commitment. Our mission is VICE PRESIDENT: many attendees from all services supplying the fleet with specially HMC Randy Swanson along with providing the right selected technically trained IDC’s (NSSC, Pearl Harbor) training to support Navy for military service all over the Medicine and the war fighters world. The leadership of the IDCA TREASURER: through didactic and practical cannot do this alone. It takes the HMCS Eliza Rubic training opportunities. As your dedication, hard work, and the (HQMC Washington DC) New IDCA President, I have the selflessness of every IDC to pull vision of taking our association everything together in unity and SECRETARY: from great to even greater. I feel an espirit de corps to accomplish HMC Miguel Lugo that by applying the concepts of this mission. (COMSUBPAC Pearl Harbor) unity of purpose and espirit de We want to provide advance corps we can become an knowledge and skills upon which WEBMASTER: HMCS Richards unstoppable force. I know that the our shipmate’s life depends on. (EHSLANT, Norfolk) integrity of the IDC starts with us Through competence and and our association. We will proficiency we provide a vital ASST WEB: continue to strive to improve function for Military Operations a HMC Roger Winslow ourselves, our communities and shore, in the air and above and (SPAWAR, Norfolk) our Navy. below the seas. The Navy, our country and the world depends on Sincerely, the IDC and we embrace this HMCS (SS/SW/FMF) Raymond Fernandez Meyers
  3. 3. Navy IDC Issue #2 June 2011 HMCS (SS/SW/FMF) Raymond Fernandez Meyers Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Senior Chief Meyers enlisted in the United States Navy in September 1989. He graduated from Henrietta M. King High School and attended Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas. Upon completion of recruit training and Hospital Corpsman “A” School in San Diego, California, he reported to Field Medical Service School in Camp Pendleton, California in June 1990. Senior Chief Meyers’ first duty station was Naval Hospital Philadelphia. He was the Senior Corpsman in the Pediatric Clinic from July 1990 to February 1992. While in Philadelphia he was also deployed with 2nd MARDIV in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. During this deployment he qualified Fleet Marine Force (FMF). After his tour with the marines he transferred toNaval School of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland in February 1992. He completed Operating RoomTechnician School in September of the same year. Senior Chief Meyers then reported aboard USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19) in Yokosuka, Japan in October1992. While there he qualified Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and was Command Advanced to Petty OfficerSecond Class. Following this assignment he reported to Naval Hospital Jacksonville where he was LPO of theOrthopedic Clinic from January 1996 to November 1998. He then volunteered for submarine service and reportedto Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS) in 1999. Upon completion of BESS he then reported to the NavalUndersea Medical Institute in Groton, as a Submarine Independent Duty Corpsman student. In March 2000, hegraduated and was meritoriously promoted to Petty Officer First Class. Senior Chief Meyers reported aboard the USS MARYLAND (SSBN 738)(GOLD) in April 2000 and servedIndependently as the Medical Department Representative until December 2003. While there, he earned both theSSBN Deterrent Patrol Insignia (six patrols) and Enlisted Dolphins. In January 2004 Senior Chief Meyers reportedto instructor duty at the Naval Undersea Medical Institute in Groton, CT. He taught a variety of medical andadministrative subjects. He completed his Master Training Specialist certification and was selected Sailor of theYear 2004 and was promoted to Chief Petty Officer in 2005. In May of 2006 he reported to the PCU NEWHAMPSHIRE (SSN 778) as the first Medical Department Representative. During this tour, he was promoted toSenior Chief in May 2008. Senior Chief Myers currently is stationed at the Naval Undersea Medical Institute as theSenior Instructor. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine CorpsAchievement Medal (six awards), Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious UnitCommendation, Battle “E” (four awards), Good Conduct Medal (six awards) and several personal and commandawards. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Touro University International and is presentlyfinishing a dual Masters in Health Science/ Business Administration from TUI University. Senior Chief Meyers is married to the former Judy Allison Fiedtkou of Queens, New York. He has twosons Raymond and Ramsey.
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  5. 5. Wounded Warriors Above: Our Navy/Coast Guard Wounded Warrior Team competing at the Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Fortunately Navy IDC’s have opportunity to show there brothers and sisters support while attending the 2011 AFOMS Conference.The Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project (WWDSP) is a partnership between the Wounded Warrior Projectand Disabled Sports USA to provide year-round sports programs for severely wounded service members fromthe Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and the global war on terrorism.Decades of experience has shown Disabled Sports USA that early intervention with active sports results insuccessful rehabilitation after traumatic injury. WWDSP events take place at sites throughout the United Statesoffering wounded warriors the opportunity to integrate as participants and mentors in their home communities.The wounded warriors and their family members are provided these opportunities free of charge, includingtransportation, lodging, adaptive equipment, and individualized instruction in over a dozen different winter andsummer sports.Why is the Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project Important?“If I can do this, I can do anything!”These soldiers, airmen, and Marines are going through a very difficult time. They are warriors and athletes, themajority of whom are in their twenties. This sudden, traumatic change in physical ability severely impacts themand their families.What they need is action NOW that will show them the promise of a bright and active future. Sports provide this.With the proper adaptive equipment and trained instructors, they can successfully learn a sport - almost anysport—in ONE day. This immediate success provides a foundation for the development of a positive self-imageand outlook on life. This transformation is a key factor in leading an independent, full, and productive life.For more info on how to help and for volunteer opportunities please visit:
  6. 6. Navy Medicine Makes A hospital corpsman for over 30 years, Martinez also recognized the contributions ofHistoric Move As fellow corpsmen to the country and the Navy. "It is no accident that we are experiencing theNaval Hospital Corps lowest battle mortality and non-battle injury rates in the history of armed conflict. This is dueSchool Relocates in large part to our exceptional corpsmen andBy L.A. Shively their training.Fort Sam Houston public affairs office The Hospital Corps is the largest rating in The Navy celebrated a major milestone in our Navy and the most decorated in the Unitedthe history of its hospital corpsmen training with an States. Twenty naval ships alone have beenApril 21 rededication ceremony at Joint Base San named after hospital corpsmen," she said. NavyAntonio, relocating the Naval Hospital Corps Seaman Josue Espinoza expressed pride in hisSchool from Great Lakes, IL. training as a hospital corpsman. "I feel honored Sailors joined Soldiers and Airmen at the so say that when I put on my uniform, I not onlyMedical, Education and Training Campus represent the U.S. Navy, I also represent(METC) as part of the 2005 Base Closure and generations of Sailors who have gone before meRealignment Commission initiative consolidating to fight for my freedom." Student Navy Seamanmilitary enlisted medical training and education. Daniella Summers echoed Martinez A variety of basic courses will be taught in commitment to service. "No matter the situationan integrated environment, followed by service- a shipmate will never be left behind,"unique classes. "METC is both a place and an she said. The program included performancesidea,”said Navy Rear Adm. William R. Kiser by The United States Marine Drum & BugleMETC’s inaugural commandant. "As a place it Corps and by the Smithson Valley Armed andrepresents new buildings and infrastructure which Unarmed Drill absolutely world class. As an idea, it is always Several enlisted members modeledgood to train like we fight. Its always good to historical uniforms that spanned across decadescome together to get know each other and develop representing all services. Navy students begantrust in each other before we show up on the training at METC last May. Target date for allbattlefield." Guest speaker Navy Force Master students training here is prior to Sept. 15, theChief Laura Martinez, director of the Hospital BRAC deadline. Average daily student load isCorps, expanded on the duality of the corpsmens estimated to be about 9,000 Sailors, Soldiers andtraining and mission. "We have long heard the call Airmen at completion, making METC theCorpsman up! that we have answered in every world’s largest military medical education andmajor battle since the Corps’ founding. At the same training facility. "We look forward to thetime, the Hospital Corps has always provided care collaboration. We look forward to making thisfor family members and retirees at military version of hospital corps school the finest itstreatment facilities around the globe. This dual ever been in the history of the Navy," Kiser said.commitment will never waver, no matter whereour Sailors and Marines go or what they do,"Martinez said. Martinez recognized theimportance of the bond between providers, patientsand service to country. "Today we honor andcelebrate that sacred trust to ensure our nation hasa medically ready, fit, and fighting force and thatthose who’ve served our nation, along with theirfamilies, can always count on the Hospital Corpsto help provide quality and compassionate patientand family-centered health care," Martinez said.
  7. 7. DETAILER CORNER: HMCM Luke Vanemelen HM Lead Detailer, HM E9 Sea/shore (901)874-4573 HMCS Jeromy Cronin NECs: 8403, 8427, 8493, 8494 (901)874-3800 HMC Chris Loving NECs: 8402, 8407, 8416, 8452 (901)874-3813 HMC Brandie Collins NECs: 8425, 8410, 8463 (901)874-3812 IDCA AGENDA - 2012 Arm ed Forces Operational M edical Sym posium (AFOMS) Medical Planning Committee site visit next month! Location: JACKSONVILLE, FL. Updates will be posted on our Face Book page!- IDCA Logo and Coin designThe IDCA is currently in the process of re-designing our new IDC logo and coin!- IDCA M eeting M inutes MeetingFirst official IDCA meeting minutes will be added as a section on our next edition!- Recruitm en t of VolunteersDo you want to be on the AFOMS committee? Contact us and let us know! We looking formotivated IDC’s to volunteer to help with out next IDC conference!- Newsletter InputsWe need your inputs! Do you have good information to put out to the IDCA? FWD all of yourinputs to our e-mail! NAVYIDCA@YAHOO.COM- Treasury ReportIDCA Treasury report will also be included in next NAVY IDC edition! If you missed your chance topay your IDCA dues information on how to pay will be posted on our Face Book page! Follow Navy Independent Duty Corpsman Association (IDCA) on FACEBOOK! Visit our website: