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Naval Hospital Bremerton Deploys Second Wave to Kuwait

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS051027-08
Release Date: 10/27/2005 2:02:00 PM

By Journalist 2nd Class Fletcher Gibson, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs

BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- The final wave of hospital corpsmen, doctors, nurses and support personnel departed Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) before sunrise Oct. 24 on a six-month deployment to staff U.S. Military Hospital Kuwait.

The 30 men and women from NHB and Everett Military Health Clinic will join the 42 hospital staff members who deployed there last month.

U.S. Military Hospital Kuwait is a semi-permanent base in Kuwait staffed by a rotating crew of medical personnel from Navy hospitals and clinics and naval stations bases all over the United States. The hospital and its outlying clinics are placed close enough to support combat operations in neighboring Iraq but far enough from combat zones to keep the staff safe.

With more than 70 members of its staff deployed, the command of Naval Hospital Bremerton has taken steps to reduce the impact on its patients. Reservists and hired contractors have been assigned to Naval Hospital Bremerton to fill in some of the gaps.

Most of the deploying Sailors said they accepted the deployment as part of their naval duties, and a few were even looking forward to the new opportunities. Hospitalman James Wilson, an EMT trainer at NHB’s staff education office, said an added bonus for his time at Hospital Kuwait will be preparation for Navy medicine when he transfers to a ship.

“We’ll be doing the same kind of sick call in Kuwait as we’ll be doing on a ship,” he said. “I don’t have any experience with that yet, so this will be good training.”

The 72 total deploying personnel from NHB are only a part of the 350 men and women who will staff the hospital and clinics in Kuwait. While previous medical deployments pulled all the necessary people from a single command, the Navy Surgeon General’s global sourcing effort pulls from a number of different naval hospitals. In this case, 16 Naval hospitals from all over the United States are deploying staff members to Kuwait.

The first step of the deployment is additional group training at Camp Pendleton near San Diego. This time will give the second wave experience in working together before joining their partners in Kuwait.



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