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    DeShazo reports as NMLC’s DFA, promoted to lieutenant commander

    DeShazo Reports as NMLC’s DFA, promoted to Lieutenant Commander

    Photo By Julius Evans | Jackson, 11, and Blake, 7, pin their dad’s new collar devices on during a ceremony...... read more read more



    Story by Julius Evans 

    Naval Medical Logistics Command

    FREDERICK, Md. - In two separate events, Naval Medical Logistics Command (NMLC), on Fort Detrick, in Frederick, Maryland, welcomed its new director for administration and then March 1 promoted him to lieutenant commander.

    Lt. Matthew DeShazo reported for duty in February 2015. As the director for administration, his responsibilities include managing a staff of administrative professionals who coordinate all command correspondence, maintain and track all official documentation through both internal and external channels and manage the workflow of all administrative tasks assigned to NMLC.

    Shortly after reporting to NMLC, DeShazo achieved a significant milestone in a naval officer’s career when he was promoted to lieutenant commander. This rank is the Navy's first commissioned officer rank, in the promotion structure, selected by peers.

    “I am happy to preside over today’s ceremony. This is a tremendous accomplishment for Lt. Cmdr. DeShazo because this is the first time his service record was reviewed by a board of his peers. He was selected among a certain number of people who were chosen to be promoted,” said Capt. Mary S. Seymour, NMLC’s commanding officer. “During the short time he has been here, it is evident why he was selected. He is highly motivated and has hit the ground running in full gear. He is a welcome member of our family and we are happy he is here.”

    DeShazo is a native of western Maryland, having graduated from Frederick High School. He then graduated from Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and began his career in the private sector healthcare market. During his 11 years of private and public healthcare management experience, DeShazo gained significant managed-care leadership experience working with the renowned medical systems of Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland.

    In December 2005, he completed a master’s degree in Health Systems Management from the University of Baltimore. In September 2006, he was commissioned a lieutenant junior grade in the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps through the Direct Accession Program. He went on to complete tours of duty at several other commands and then, while serving at the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, DeShazo was accepted in the U.S. Naval War College, College of Distance Learning Program leading to his completion of a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.

    During his ceremony, he thanked members from his previous command that traveled from Pennsylvania and Maryland in recognition of his promotion. “

    If it weren’t for you, your work ethic and your professionalism, I would not be standing here today,” DeShazo said, directing his comments to his fellow recruiters. “You were the keys in making my recruiting tour successful. You were my “dream team,” and I want to thank you for making me shine during the critical performance evaluation periods leading up to my peer review board in the spring of 2014.”

    While at Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Philadelphia, he served as both a division officer for enlisted recruiting production and as the Medical Service Corps medical program director. DeShazo was recognized for his outstanding leadership in December 2013 and again in December 2014, as NRD Philadelphia’s Division Officer of the Year. His recruiting division was selected as the NRD Philadelphia FY14 Division of the Year. He departed recruiting duty with the Navy Recruiting Ribbon and 11 Gold Wreath production awards.

    He then thanked his wife and daughter who stood by as sons Jackson, 11, and Blake, 7, pinned on their dad’s new collar device to the delight of the audience. Then, addressing the audience, DeShazo recognized Master Chief Hospital Corpsman David Hall, who was his Sea daddy at National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) Bethesda during his first tour in the Navy.

    “As a senior chief, he helped me start my career as a junior officer. At Officer Development School, they told us to ‘find the chief’ for guidance when you report to your first duty station. Senior Chief Hall was one of the chiefs that taught me what it meant to be an officer in the Navy.”



    Date Taken: 03.05.2015
    Date Posted: 03.11.2015 08:45
    Story ID: 156615
    Location: FREDERICK, MD, US 
    Hometown: FREDERICK, MD, US

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