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    Navy Preventive Medicine Unit FIVE Wins 2019 AMSUS Force Health Protection Award



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    Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit Five

    Navy Environmental Preventive Medicine Unit Five (NEPMU-5), has been selected as recipient of the 2019 Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS) Force Health Protection (FHP) Award.

    AMSUS is a professional association of healthcare professionals that honors the contributions of outstanding federal healthcare professionals through their annual awards program.

    The FHP award recognizes the significant contributions made by an organization to ensure exceptional health services are provided to the men and women of the armed services and veterans, thereby ensuring mission readiness and optimal health functionality at all times. Force health protection extends beyond standard military medicine and includes preventive measures to combat diseases often caused by environmental disasters.

    "It's an honor and privilege to receive the BUMED FHP Team Award,” said Cmdr. George Younes, assistant officer in charge, NEPMU-5. “I'm extremely proud to be working side by side with dedicated enlisted, officer and civilian staff who collectively made this happen. Whether in garrison supporting naval vessels, medical commands, Marines, or in theater supporting warfighters, or participating in Pacific Partnership missions, or involved in Global Health Engagements (GHE) delivering public health and humanitarian assistance, NEPMU-5 is leading the charge in providing FHP guidance during mission critical activities to fleet and Marine forces as well as providing support to other countries overseas. The men and women of NEPMU-5 are most deserving of this prestigious award as it highlights their utmost dedication, accomplishments and lasting legacy to FHP and GHE missions.”

    “This award provides NEPMU-5 Sailors the well-deserved recognition that validates the hard work and dedication they do daily,” said Chief Hospital Corpsman JanMichael Columna, senior enlisted leader, NEPMU-5. “Often times, the accomplishments and outstanding services that Sailors in garrison provide to a deploying unit goes unnoticed and awards like this highlights their critical role in operational readiness across the fleet. The success of the unit goes beyond the criteria for this award given the fact that the command is responsible for a wide variety of units encompassing all platforms to include surface, submarine, aviation, and fleet Marine force while conducting worldwide operations and deployments. NEPMU-5 does not only ensure that all ships and Marine Corps units are medically ready to deploy but also provides services that keep the warfighters in the fight. The availability of the Forward Deployed Preventive Medicine Unit (FDPMU) to rapidly deploy in support of global force preservation, provides Navy Medicine an invaluable asset to provide complex services during humanitarian missions, global health engagements, and operational deployments in support of global war on terrorism, aligning with the unit’s motto of “force health protection – anywhere, anytime.”

    The nominated teams must have made a substantial contribution to maintain healthcare readiness during the past year that contributed to a healthy and fit force. Specific areas included disease prevention, curative and restorative therapies, health promotion, operations in direct support of deployed forces, humanitarian and disaster relief operations, and health global operations.

    “NEPMU-5 is dedicated to expanding opportunities to build force sustainment strategies,” said Cmdr. Matthew Humphreys, preventive medicine officer, NEPMU-5. “Our focus on continued improvement ensures deployed personnel accomplish their mission and tasks. This helps us to preserve our medical assets for additional tasks that emphasize health surveillance, deployment health and disease prevention. The promotion and preservation of health, and prevention of illness and injury, can rarely be accomplished by medical channels alone, which is why we remain committed to the development and growth of our partnerships in these efforts.”

    “As part of NEPMU-5, we are very proud to be a recipient of this fabulous honor,” said Georgina Talavera-Veloz, comprehensive industrial hygiene laboratory director, NEPMU-5. “We are a dedicated to the welfare of our Sailors and civilian counterparts to ensure their safety and health through industrial hygiene evaluations of workplace exposures.”

    The awards will be presented during the Association’s Annual Continuing Education Meeting Dinner held on 5 December at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. Each recipient will be presented their award personally by the leadership of their agency and the AMSUS Executive Director.

    “It is my privilege and honor to receive this esteemed award on behalf of every personnel that make up our NEPMU-5 family,” said Capt. Peter Obenauer, officer in charge, NEPMU-5. This award is a reflection of all the great work we have accomplished as a team and I am extremely proud. NEPMU-5 continues to answer the call by providing world-wide preventive medicine support to our deployed forces and supporting the mission by providing specialized public health support.”

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    Date Taken: 10.21.2019
    Date Posted: 10.21.2019 10:58
    Story ID: 348439
    Location: SAN DIEGO, CA, US 

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