Story by PO1 David Kolmel on 08/06/2019OINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Aug. 2, 2019) Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command (NMETLC) hosted a cake-cutting ceremony in honor of the Navy Medical Service Corps' (MSC) 72nd birthday.
Rear Admiral Tina Davidson, NMETLC commander and director of the Navy Nurse Corps, addressed the ceremony attendees, describing the MSC's professional diversity.
"I can't think of any place that I have served where there wasn't an MSC officer right beside me," said Davidson. "You have so many specialists and are in every aspect of the healthcare field."
Davidson also penned a personal note to the NMETLC staff July 31, praising the Corps' professional diversity and mission support.
"With a diverse Corps of administrators, clinicians and scientists, you are part of an exemplary group of professionals that ensures warfighter readiness, and cares for them and their families at every level of healthcare delivery," she wrote.
"As a member of the NMETLC team, your efforts provide the foundation and assurance that Sailors, Marines and their Navy healthcare providers remain medically ready to execute our Navy and Marine Corps maritime mission. You are making a difference for those stationed in the U.S. or abroad, deployed with aviation units and ships or submarines at sea, or serving in direct combat. I recognize this, and I deeply appreciate your hard work and dedication to our mission of training and equipping Navy Medicine."
Capt. Tim Richardson, NMETLC deputy commander and an MSC officer, also addressed the significance of the MSC, describing to those attending the cake cutting how MSC officers remain critical to Navy Medicine's mission readiness.
"MSCs, what you do matters," he said. "Whether it be in clinical care, healthcare administration, as healthcare scientists, or serving in executive medicine, each of you are critical to accomplishing the readiness mission."
President Harry S. Truman signed the Army-Navy Medical Service Corps Act on Aug. 4, 1947, to facilitate the need for post-war professional skills and expertise. The MSC began with 251 World War II veterans in four specialties: administration and supply, optometry, pharmacy, and medical allied services.
Today's MSC has more than 3,000 active duty and reserve officers serving in 31 sub-specialties.