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NEWS | May 5, 2020

NMFSC honors Navy Medicine Civilian Corps birthday

By Petty Officer 1st Class David Kolmel Naval Medical Forces Support Command Public Affairs

The Naval Medical Forces Support Command, or NMFSC, chief of staff honored the Navy Medicine Civilian Corps' third birthday in a teleconference message April 30.

Dr. Rick Dickinson read a letter sent out by Dr. Andrew Jones, director of the Navy Medicine Civilian Corps, to the Navy Medicine civilians during a teleconference at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston to thank them for their service.

“With more than 11,500 civilian personnel serving in all aspects of Navy Medicine, I want you to know that your excellence has never been more apparent than it is during this particularly trying and demanding year,” Jones said. “I extend to every member of the Civilian Corps team my personal thank for your positive impact in accomplishing the Navy Medicine mission. Thank you again for your tireless and selfless service. Happy 3rd anniversary!”

Due to COVID-19, instead of hosting a cake cutting ceremony, Dickinson hosted a teleconference call with NMFSC civilians to introduce himself as the new chief of staff, discuss his vision for the command, and to thank them for their continued hard work.

“I have been with you now for almost three weeks,” Dickinson said. “The professionalism that you all have, the ability to take on whatever mission is set before you, and accomplish it – particularly during this time of the unknown – makes me very honored and humbled to be your chief of staff. 

“I just want to echo Dr. Jones’ comments and tell you how much of an honor it is to serve with you,” Dickinson added. 

Dickinson was recently hired as the new NMFSC chief of staff and served in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corp for 27 years, retiring in 2015 as a colonel. He holds a doctorate in human resources and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.