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WKU graduate leads U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps, promoted to rear admiral

Terry J. Moulton, a 1982 WKU graduate from Hendersonville, Tenn., recently assumed duties as the 17th chief of the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps and was promoted to the rank of rear admiral.

Terry J. Moulton

Rear Adm. Moulton relieved Rear Adm. Eleanor V. Valentin as chief of MSC during a change of command ceremony on Aug. 30 at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington, Va. Moulton also will assume the responsibilities as the deputy chief of medical operations for the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED).

The MSC is an integral component of the Navy Medicine enterprise and is made up of more than 2,900 active duty and Reserve officers who are serving in 31 specialties ranging from clinical providers to scientists to health care administrators.

Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan, surgeon general of the U.S. Navy and chief of BUMED, served as the presiding officer during the ceremony.

Moulton thanked Valentin for her service and Nathan for his trust, confidence and the opportunity to continue to serve and reiterated to the audience his core focuses and values for the future of the MSC family.

“Our professionalism is our strength,” Moulton said. “As military medicine and Navy Medicine move forward in the joint environment, MSC must continue to develop the competencies and work with and learn about the cultures of the Navy’s sister services and veterans affairs and understand the differences and embrace similarities as they move the system forward.”

He challenged the MSC to ensure they continue to do their very best while also maintaining the vital balance between their lives, families, responsibilities and professional careers. “Serving our country and our Navy and Marine Corps family and our own families is why we do this,” he said.

Following the change of office ceremony Moulton was promoted to the rank of rear admiral (lower half) by Nathan. Prior to reporting to his most recent assignment as executive assistant to Nathan in 2011, Moulton served as the commanding officer of U.S. Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan, the Navy’s largest overseas hospital serving the Western Pacific.

Moulton, a 1978 graduate of Greenbrier (Tenn.) High School, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration from WKU and a Masters in Business Administration from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii. Moulton is also a graduate of the Naval War College non-resident program. Moulton received his commission as an Ensign in the Medical Service Corps in 1983.

Moulton has served in various assignments throughout the world including positions in Philadelphia, Pa.; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Cherry Point, N.C.; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and Pensacola, Fla., as well as Okinawa, Japan. He also deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Storm aboard aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

His personal decorations include: Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (Six awards) one of which notes his actions as a first responder during the attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. He also holds the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various other service and units awards and Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer Qualification.

U.S. Navy Medicine is a global healthcare network of 63,000 Navy medical personnel around the world who provide high quality health care to more than one million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ship, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.

Read more: U.S. Navy news release

For more on the U.S. Navy, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy. For more news from Navy Medicine, visit www.navy.mil/local/mednews/.

Contact: Joshua Wick, (703) 681-5530

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