George Washington corpsmen celebrate 115 years of service
Hospital corpsmen aboard the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) held a remembrance ceremony to celebrate their 115-year heritage, June 17.
“Corpsmen represent the only group of people who have helped our soldiers, Sailors and Marines during significant conflicts that laid the foundation for our country,” said Capt. Russell Hays, George Washington’s senior medical officer. “Corpsmen are very proud of what they do because of the impact they’ve had in history over the last 115 years.”
Hospital corpsmen are assigned duty to a wide variety of assignments and locations worldwide, including ships, hospitals and deploy alongside Marines and special operations forces.
“It’s important to remember that we have to do our job, and our heritage requires that we ensure everyone is taken care of on a daily basis,” said George Washington Medical Department Leading Chief Petty Officer Senior Chief Hospital Corpsmen Floreen Johnson.
During the ceremony, Hospital Corpsmen 1st Class David Cano, from San Antonio, Texas, read a memorial poem and Hospitalman Elizabeth Pena, from Roscoe, Texas, recited the Corpsmen’s Oath to honor of the corpsmen’s rich history.
“I have always wanted to become a health care provider,” said Pena. “I feel like I’m helping people. I love my job even if sometimes it can get stressful, but being a corpsmen teaches me discipline and prepares me for real-world scenarios that I can face.”
Ten officers and 30 enlisted corpsmen work diligently year round to ensure the more than 3,300 George Washington and 1,200 air wing personnel are mission ready.
“Motivation, enthusiasm and sacrifice,” said Hospital Corpsmen 1st Class Alexis Price, from New Orleans. “These are three things every good corpsmen believes in. With the Marines or on the ship, corpsmen have to be disciplined and be ready to do the job every day.”