Story by Douglas Stutz on 08/20/2019"I am Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jeff D. Bruderer, assigned to Operational Health Support Unit (OHSU) Bremerton."
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jeff D. Bruderer, from Salt Lake City, and a 1995 graduate of Alta High School, Sandy, Utah, is wrapping up two-week active duty orders.
"After a 10 year lapse in service I began looking into the U.S. Navy Reserves," said Bruderer. "I joined as an hospital corpsman second class in October of 2014. I have been attached to Bremerton Hospital Det. K located in Salt Lake City for the past five years as the leading petty officer (LPO) of OHSU."
After being discharged from the U.S. Coast Guard, Bruderer moved to Salt Lake City to pursue a career in firefighting. He became certified as an emergency medical technician with the state of Utah and shortly after began working for a small fire department in Salt Lake County. He said he quickly fell in love with emergency medicine and wanted to further his education and knowledge in that field. In 2009 he enrolled at Utah Valley University where he was certified as a nationally registered paramedic and obtained an Associate's Degree in Emergency Management.
Being prior service and having a love for military service Bruderer started looking into being a corpsman in the Navy Reserve to further his experience in medicine. After speaking with two colleagues that had been Navy corpsmen, Bruderer began his career as a Navy Reserve corpsman.
Navy Medicine has provided him the opportunity to work at Naval Hospital Bremerton's Urgent Care Clinic for his initial two- week annual training.
"This was a great opportunity to provide medical care to active duty and reserve members as well as their dependents in a clinical setting. Since then I have been on multiple annual trainings to include Naval Medical Center San Diego in the emergency room, U.S. Naval Hospital Guam in education and training, U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella, Sicily, Italy in the emergency room. As a Nationwide Exportable Tactical Combat Casualty Care Instructor I have instructed courses around the country," remarked Bruderer.
"As OHSU Bremerton's Operations LPO I was able to be on the planning committee for a joint exercise (for) innovative readiness training with multiple commands from the Navy, Air Force, Army, Air National Guard and Navy Reserve," added Bruderer. "I was able to prepare and plan for medical treatment to civilians in a poverty stricken part of the U.S. The impact to the community really hit home with me, as did the joint training that all members of the military received during this same time. I did not attended the exercise, but received the most reward from being able to be in the planning phase."
Bruderer helped Lt. Cmdr. Vicki Bolton, officer in charge for the exercise, prepare and plan for the exercise in conjunction with the Air Force 446th Aeromedical Staging Squadron to improve operational readiness in a joint environment for Sailors and Airmen. During the two week exercise in a leadership role, Bruderer was the senior enlisted leader overseeing the planning and implementation of three tactical combat casualty care courses, three trauma nurse core courses, burn lectures, burn, as well as patient simulation labs, and patient movement.
"Readiness is more important in today's world then it has ever been," said Bruderer. "With the need to be ready to deploy at a moment's notice, this training prepares Sailors and Airmen to treat life threatening injuries at the point of impact and ongoing patient care at hospitals. With the ever changing threat of injuries to not only military members but also civilian casualties that this country is facing, we are training members to save lives and be prepared for military and civilian readiness."
When asked to sum up his experience with Navy Medicine in one sentence, Bruderer replied, "The best part about my career in Navy Medicine has been the opportunity to expand my knowledge in the medical field. Limited to emergency medicine on the civilian side of my career, Navy Medicine has provided the opportunity to expand my knowledge without limits. I have also been fortunate to be able to travel as an instructor and see parts of the country I would otherwise not see. I love teaching and passing my knowledge of medicine to corpsmen, nurses and providers that may make a difference and save a life in the near future."
Note: OHSU Bremerton's mission is to ensure all Sailors can rapidly respond to the needs of Naval Hospital Bremerton, Navy Medicine and the nation by keeping themselves and those assigned in a constant state of readiness; professionally, physically and mentally. OHSU Bremerton ensures force health protection of all Sailors by assisting Navy Operational Support Centers throughout three regions Northwest, Midwest and Southwest - by completion of physical health assessment's and dental exams. OHSU detachments can be found in Anchorage, Alaska; Whidbey, Kitsap, Spokane and Everett, Wash.; Portland and Springfield, Ore.; Boise, Idaho; Helena and Billings, Mont.; Cheyenne, Wyo., Fargo, N.D. and Sioux Falls, S.D.; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Denver and Fort Carson, Colo.