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    NMTSC Sailor Named BUMED Shore-Based BMET of the Year

    NMTSC Sailor Named BUMED Shore-Based BMET of the Year

    Courtesy Photo | Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Joseph McBride, an instructor with the Bio-medical...... read more read more

    SAN ANTONIO (June 1, 2020) – The Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) announced its 2019 Medical Logistics Award winners, May 29.

    Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Joseph McBride, an instructor at the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC), was named the Shore-based Bio-medical Equipment Technician (BMET) of the Year for 2019.

    This award is one of three enlisted, individual achievement awards.

    Chief Hospital Corpsman Mark Francesco, BMET Navy enlisted service lead, expressed how proud he was to see HM1 McBride’s selection as Navy Medicine’s BMET of the Year.

    “He would be the first to tell you that this was a team effort,” said Francesco. “Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, he was here every day – side by side with all of the instructors. He supported the mission by pushing classes forward, while ensuring his staff and students were in good health while doing so. His presence, character, and leadership left no doubt in our mind he is truly worthy of the ‘best of the best’ recognition. I’m extremely happy to see all of his hard work pay off.”

    McBride, a native of Cornelius, Oregon, joined the Navy on Oct. 11, 2006. He is currently assigned to Navy Medicine Training Support Center (NMTSC), where he serves as the BMET Navy Senior Instructor and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of 85 tri-service and civilian instructors.

    “The BMET program consists of 13 basic and 5 advanced courses,” said McBride. “Navy students are the only students who complete both the BMET basic and advanced courses while their Army and Air Force classmates graduate upon completion of the basic. Each class has about 20 seats per iteration with new classes starting every 17 days. The average student throughput through the program each year is 440.”

    In the fleet, BMETs are responsible for maintaining medical and patient-care equipment. These technicians often work independently, depending on their specialized training to aide in saving lives. Here at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, the next generation of BMETs are trained.

    “Honestly, I was surprised and extremely thrilled to find out that I was selected as BMET of the Year,” said McBride. “Luckily, when I heard of the news, I was already surrounded by the leadership and brothers who helped make my selection possible.”

    A recent message delivered by Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham, BUMED Chief, revealed that Navy Medicine logisticians play a significant role in job planning, equipment acquisition, and sustainment of essential resources that are needed to maintain an effective and efficient medical force.

    “The Bureau of Medicine and Surgery would like to honor the outstanding logistics support provided worldwide by officers, enlisted, and civilian members of the logistics community by recognizing those individuals who have distinguished themselves above their peers during calendar year 2019,” stated Gillingham.

    “HM1 McBride is truly deserving of this recognition,” said Capt. Maryann Mattonen, Commanding Officer of NMTSC. “He is part of an amazing team of professionals training the next generation of BMETs. I am so proud of him!”

    NMTSC is the Navy component command providing administrative and operational control over Navy staff and students assigned to the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) and other medical programs in the San Antonio area.

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    Date Taken: 06.18.2020
    Date Posted: 07.02.2020 14:27
    Story ID: 372830
    Location: SAN ANTONIO, TX, US 
    Hometown: CORNELIUS, OR, US

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