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    I Am Navy Medicine – and Chief Hospital Corpsman Weldekiros Aregawi – of NMRTC Bremerton

    I Am Navy Medicine – and Chief Hospital Corpsman Weldekiros Aregawi – of NMRTC Bremerton

    Photo By Douglas Stutz | Chief Hospital Corpsman Weldekiros Aregawi was one of four Sailors assigned to Navy...... read more read more

    With the announcement that four Sailors assigned to Navy Medicine Readiness Training Command Bremerton were selected for advancement to the rank of chief petty officer for Fiscal Year 2024, we asked each to reflect on their designation.

    Weldekiros Aregawi has reached a point during his Navy career where the notion of service before self is even more pronounced than it was before.

    Such reasoning is born from a Navy Medicine career of 19 and a half years which has always been predicated on helping deliver healthcare to those in need.

    “At this stage of my career, I’m not here for myself. I’m here to help junior Sailors and the operational mission,” said Aregawi, who professes he specifically joined the Navy to become a hospital corpsman and take care of patients.

    Consider that original goal accomplished and then some.

    Along with his specialty training as a respiratory therapy technician, Aregawi has branched out to include such collateral duties as being part of the command’s financial specialist and command resilience team(s). Yet all of those responsibilities – and more - came to a sudden, unexpected halt the morning of August 21, 2023 upon hearing he was selected to become a chief petty officer.

    “I was waiting for seven years to hear my name on the list. It was a surreal experience. I am grateful to be selected,” related Aregawi. “The executive officer, command master chief, director of administration and all the Chief’s Mess walked into my office to notify me. After waiting for so long arriving this moment is heartwarming experience.”

    Aregawi readily acknowledges that advancing to the rank of chief brings an entire different level of accountability.

    “It is a huge responsibility. Chief in the Navy is a subject matter expert and a humble servant,” stated Aregawi, acknowledging that his life will go through a number of overlapping changes once he becomes a chief.

    “Everything I do affects all the Chief’s Mess,” stated Aregawi, who opening credits two leading chief petty officers, Senior Chiefs Hospital Corpsmen Romualdo Humarang and Alexander Burkhart for helping groom him to follow in their footsteps. “Being a genuine human being, committed to always doing the right thing and be humble are what I strive to do.”

    The expectations for Aregawi and three other hospital corpsman first class petty officers assigned to NHB/NMRTC Bremerton loom large. There’s a reason why a common phrase heard throughout the Navy Fleet I, ‘go ask the chief.’ Chiefs are subject matter experts, chiefs have operational readiness experience and chiefs are demonstratively the personification of Navy core values of ‘honor, courage and commitment.’

    “It is going to be challenging. I will continue to read and learn from everyone I work with and work for,” said Aregawi, born in Ethiopia before moving to St. Paul, Minnesota in Dec 2002. He is married “married to my beautiful wife Asteddar and we have two children, Adonay and Tsiyon. He joined the Navy in April 2004.

    After joining the Navy in 2004, his duty stations include Camp Pendleton, Fleet Surgical Team One, Naval Medical Center San Diego, and NMRTC Bremerton with deployments in 2005 to Iraq and 2011 and 2017 to Afghanistan and two in the Indo-Pacific theater of operation.

    The best part of his career leading up to this point?

    “Meeting people from different corners of the world, trying local cuisines and visiting many tourist attraction sights,” he said, listing a who’s who of notable global travel destinations he has visited all as part of Navy Medicine; Guam; Sydney, Perth and Darwin, Australia; Dubai in the United Arab Emirates; Bahrain, Jordan, Thailand, Singapore; Santiago, Chile; Lima, Peru and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    When asked to sum up his experience with Navy Medicine in one sentence, Aregawi replied, “working together, we are one team.”



    Date Taken: 09.29.2023
    Date Posted: 09.30.2023 13:16
    Story ID: 454777
    Location: BREMERTON, WA, US

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