Corpsmen Four To The Fore At Naval Hospital Bremerton
by U.S. Navy Douglas Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs
May 23, 2019
It’s not infrequent for hospital corpsmen in varied career stages
to share a common connection.
Such proved to be the case for
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Chad Galvin, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class
Blake Chastain, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Dylan Stuart, and
Hospitalman Richard Medina.
The quartet were all selected
for Naval Hospital Bremerton’s Sailor of the Quarter, for the first
quarter of Fiscal Year 2019.
Naval Hospital Bremerton's (NHB) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Blake Chastain was selected as the command's Sailor of the Quarter for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2019. The Cleveland, TN native and Bradley Central High School graduate is the leading petty officer for NHB’s Orthopedic Department and also an orthopedic cast technician. Also recognized were Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Chad Galvin from western Michigan, Director for Medical Services Leading Petty Officer, as Senior Sailor of the Quarter; Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Dylan Stuart of Revere, Mass., Clinical Support Services’ Physical Therapy Department, as Junior Sailor of the Quarter; and Inglewood, Calif. native Hospitalman Richard Medina from the Directorate of Nursing Service and Multi-Service Unit as Blue Jacket of the Quarter. (U.S. Navy photo by Douglas Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs
- February 6, 2019)
The Senior Sailor of the Quarter was HM1 Galvin, Director
for Medical Services Leading Petty Officer (LPO); Sailor of the
Quarter was HM2 Chastain, Director for Surgical Services and
Orthopedics Department LPO; Junior Sailor of the Quarter was HM3
Stuart, Clinical Support Services’ Physical Therapy Department; and
Blue Jacket of the Quarter was HN Medina from the Directorate of
Nursing Service and Multi-Service Unit (MSU).
Medina, an Inglewood, Calif. native and Morningside High
graduate, is currently assigned to NHB’s MSU where he uses his
clinical skills to aid patients back to full health. Providing such
patient-centered care has been the most rewarding aspect of his
approximately two years in the Navy.
“The most gratifying
moment I have experienced since I've joined the Navy has to be the
recognition I get from the patients I've helped whilst there stay on
the ward. Their satisfaction with the care I provide assures me I am
doing my absolute best,” said Medina.
His best memory so far
in his relatively short career?
“I'd have to say the best
memory I've had since joining the Navy Medicine team is the time I
assisted one of our providers on our Labor and Delivery floor with a
delivering a baby,” related Medina.
When asked ‘what does
being in the Navy mean to you,’ Medina replied, “Being in the Navy,
to me, means that I am part of a bigger force that not only keeps
our country safe but is also willing to help those in need. We are
one big, strong, family, who are all connected through three things:
honor, courage, and commitment,” he said.
include being able to advance on his career and hopefully beyond.
“One of my main goals, someday soon, is to continue my naval
career as a Navy Nurse Corps officer,” he said.
a Revere, Mass. native and Revere High School graduate with six
years in the Navy, NHB is his second assignment after an initial
tour at Branch Health Clinic Iwakuni, Japan.
rewarding aspect of his career has been interacting and helping
others he has worked for and worked with during his assigned duties.
“The relationships formed with my peers throughout the years
has been the most gratifying. And saying goodbye to those people
that I’ve grown close to and having to form new relationship has
been the most difficult,” shared Stuart, the leading petty officer
of NHB’s Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy department.
Stuart’s duty in the Far East has provided him his favorite
memory as part of Navy Medicine.
“As a lead emergency
medical technician instructor at Iwakuni, I was seeing the students
I taught put their knowledge to good use and work together to take
care of our Sailors, Marines and their families,” Stuart said.
Although Stuart is transitioning in several years back to Revere
to work for the fire department, he plans to continue to do all he
can to assist others with their goals.
“There are two other
third class petty officers in my department. My goal before I
separate is to help them both advance in rate,” stated Stuart.
Cleveland, Tenn. native and Bradley Central High School graduate
Chastain is the leading petty officer for NHB’s Orthopedic
Department and also an orthopedic cast technician.
orthopedic tech, I work closely with orthopedic surgeons to evaluate
and treat orthopedics and sports medicine related injuries. As the
leading petty officer, I work with six other Sailors guiding and
mentoring them through their career choices,” explained Chastain,
adding that helping younger Sailors find their way in life has been
the most gratifying facet of his Navy career.
“Being in the
Navy means service to my fellow man and I’m grateful for the
opportunities I’ve had. Been able to see the world has been
amazing,” Chastain said.
Galvin’s Navy career encapsulates
the diverse responsibilities of being a Navy hospital corpsman.
Before his current position leading Sailors in accomplishing
multiple responsibilities, sharing his technical knowhow and
assisting command leadership with administrative and communication
tasks, he served as an instructor for the Joint Navy/Army
respiratory therapist program at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He has
been assigned to Navy platforms in Groton, Conn., and Charleston,
S.C., and deployed with Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 8 out of Norfolk,
“The most gratifying part of my Navy career has been
deploying, and the most difficult part of my career has been
deploying,” remarked Galvin, a Western Michigan native from Hesperia
Galvin has continued to demonstrate Navy
corpsmen traits of being able to serve in a score of environments
and handle the most advanced technology and sciences to support
Sailors, Marines and their families. During his time with FST 8, he
did two deployments – that included providing emergency care -
between Sept. 2011 and Nov. 2013. He also deployed three times on
the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) to
provide humanitarian assistance to those in need.
also added an Associate in Applied Science Degree from Thomas Edison
University to his Navy schooling.
The common connection
amongst the four goes well beyond being recognized as Sailor of the
Quarter. Each observes the Hospital Corps pledge to hold the care of
those sick and injured to be a sacred trust, as well as dedicate
heart, mind, strength to their work, and do all within their power
to carry themselves as an example of all this is honorable and good
throughout their Navy career.
“Congratulations on your
selection and thanks for your hard work, dedication and sustained
superior performance! Our Sailors, Marines and their families depend
on you. You deliver readiness and safe high quality healthcare on a
daily basis. Keep up the great work,” said Capt. Jeffrey Bitterman,
NHB commanding officer.