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CMC(Ret) Tyrone Willis: Shipboard Medicine Insights and Positively Impacting Military Careers

Tyrone is a retired Command Master Chief after completing 32 years of service in Navy Medicine. In this episode, CMC Willis discusses his pathway to becoming a Navy Corpsman and the unique aspects of delivering shipboard medical and Marine Medical Care. He deployed to both Desert Storm/Desert Shield and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He discusses the role of the Corpsman in combat and the preparations for combat care. He also gives excellent insight into Senior Enlisted Leadership and the challenges and his tips on handling difficult leaders and positively shaping subordinates who may not fully understand the mission. He finally discusses why he volunteered to join the board of WarDocs and how he hopes this organization will help positively impact military medicine, capture history, and increase public awareness.

CMC(Ret) Willis has held several senior enlisted positions at all levels, retiring as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Defense Health Agency, Capital Region Directorate. He has deployed several times around the world to include Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom with Marines and sailors. He received his BS and MBA from Grantham University. He is currently employed at the Uniformed Service University of Health Sciences as a Recruitment Specialist for Diversity. He has had unique and interesting experiences during his distinguished Navy Medicine career and beyond. He shares important lessons learned and recommendations through engaging stories and personal reflection.


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