Thursday, September 24, 2009

Support Command welcomes new commander

(photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Arthur N. De La Cruz)
Chief for Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Vice Adm. Adam Robinson Jr., Chief of the Dental Corps Rear Adm. Richard Vinci, new Naval Medical Support Command Commander Rear Adm. Eleanor Valentin, and chaplain Lt. Justin Top salute the national ensign during the NMSC change of command ceremony held aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville Friday.
Rear Adm. Eleanor Valentin became the new commander of the Naval Medical Support Command (NMSC) Friday.

Valentin, who is relieving Rear Adm. Richard Vinci, reports from Navy Medicine National Capital Area, where she served as the chief of staff since May 2008.

Valentin will assume duties as chief of the Medical Service Corps Oct. 1, a position she will hold simultaneously as NMSC commander.

Vinci had commanded NMSC and simultaneously served as chief of the Dental Corps since 2007. He will now report to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) in D.C. as the deputy chief of installations and logistics. He will also continue to serve as the Dental Corps director.

NMSC is one of four echelon-3 regional commands in Navy Medicine, each commanded by a flag officer. NMSC manages all of Navy Medicine’s environmental, population and public health, research and development, information management and technology, supply, logistics, purchasing and contracting, and manpower, personnel, education and training.

NMSC has subordinate commands with more than 4,000 personnel in nine countries, 12 states and D.C.

(A Naval Medicine Support Command release).