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    I am Navy Medicine: Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Janmichael Cartano

    I am Navy Medicine: Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Janmichael Cartano

    Photo By Petty Officer 3rd Class Haydn Smith | 200220-N-HS181-1002 BREMERTON, Wash (Feb. 20, 2020) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class...... read more read more



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    Naval Hospital Bremerton

    By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Haydn N. Smith, for NMRTC Bremerton -- There are a plethora of jobs in the military. Some service members choose their job because it sounds exciting, others choose theirs for the career opportunities.

    Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Janmichael Cartano, assigned to Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) Bremerton, chose his job to help others.

    “I knew I wanted to help people when growing up,” said Cartano. “I was always involved with community services and volunteering. When the idea of going into the medical field came about, I realized there were many career options within this field that involved allowing me to do what I love and help others.”

    Cartano, from Sunnyvale, California, graduated from Fremont High School in 2005, and went on to San Francisco State University and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology and a minor in Microbiology and Chemistry. He then promptly started his career in Navy Medicine.

    “What fascinated me most about Navy Medicine was the fact that it has the most diverse range of work environments within the Navy, and it will likely take you all over the world far out of your own comfort zone,” said Cartano. “As a hospital corpsman, we can be assigned to a Navy medical treatment facility, like an on-base hospital or clinic, work on an aircraft carrier in the middle of the ocean, a submarine far within the depths of the sea, or even on the advanced technical or tactical field in extreme and sometimes dangerous conditions. I love how there were many options available within Navy Medicine and that whatever route I choose, it will be an amazing and very challenging experience.”

    Cartano enlisted as a hospital corpsman in August 2013, and spent the next six months in training to prepare him before his first duty station, where he was able to check off an item from his bucket list.

    “My first four years in the Navy gave me the opportunity to live overseas in Japan, which was always my dream destination to travel to,” said Cartano. “I was stationed in Branch Health Clinic Sasebo and worked in a variety of departments.”

    During his time in Japan, Cartano got qualified as dental technician, prophylaxis technician, and orthodontic technician before finishing his time in Sasebo as an optician and moving to his new duty station at NMRTC Bremerton, where he works in the Health Promotion & Wellness Department as a ShipShape coordinator and instructor.

    “Through ShipShape, the official weight management program of the Navy, I am able to assist active duty and reserve military service members, beneficiaries, and government civilians with making healthy behavior changes in order to lose, or maintain healthy weight,” said Cartano. “It’s really fulfilling when you’re able to make a positive impact in someone’s life.”

    For the last seven months, he has taught over 200 active-duty service members and 74 civilians and Department of Defense beneficiaries. He has also impacted the Fitness Enhancement Program with 87 percent of active-duty personnel advancing out of the program.

    “Being part of this organization that puts emphasis on improving operational readiness allows our Sailors to be mission ready, while at the same time taking care of its staff and beneficiaries,” said Cartano. “It doesn’t get better than this!”

    Cartano expressed his gratitude for the variety of mentors he has had throughout his career.

    “I am very fortunate to have been blessed with the knowledge and experience I have gained from the many people who have impacted my life, both within Navy Medicine and outside of the Navy,” said Cartano. “I’m very thankful for the opportunities I have been given.”

    When asked how he would sum up his Navy career, Cartano answered, “All the good people that I happen to meet along this journey and the memories I build with those people are just some of the treasures I can take with me for a lifetime. I will continue this journey to the best of my ability for as long as I can.”



    Date Taken: 02.20.2020
    Date Posted: 02.21.2020 16:12
    Story ID: 363658
    Location: BREMERTON, WA, US 

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