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Military Medicine and Leadership: Conversations with Retired Navy RADM Terry Moulton

Leadership, they say, is not just about being in charge. It's about taking care of those in your charge. One of the greatest examples of this ethos can be found in the distinguished career of retired Navy Rear Admiral Terry J. Moulton. Having served an exceptional 37-year-long career in the Navy, RADM (Ret) Moulton's leadership journey deserves exploration.


In this episode, Terry discusses his career trajectory, which ranged from deployment on the USS Nimitz during Operation Desert Storm to being at the Pentagon on 9/11. He speaks candidly about his experiences, providing invaluable insights into leadership and military medicine.


Early Leadership Lessons


In his early years in the Navy, RADM (Ret) Moulton quickly learned about the responsibilities and leadership challenges of an elevated role. The USS Midway fire was a memorable event that significantly influenced his approach to medical readiness.


Leadership Challenges and Patient Safety


During his tenure in Okinawa, RADM (Ret) Moulton faced challenges around patient safety. In his approach, he made sure to address all concerns raised by the staff and made significant improvements in their working environment. This experience taught him the importance of trusting his staff and taking a performance-based approach to promotions.


Leadership in Multiservice Market


One of RADM (Ret) Moulton's significant leadership roles was leading the Tidewater Multiservice Market Office. He successfully united the three services and aligned them with the needs of the MHS. His advice to the DHA directors and MTF directors on effective communication and understanding their dual responsibilities is noteworthy.


Guidance for Future Leaders


RADM (Ret) Moulton advises future leaders to trust their people and be involved in important decision-making processes. He also emphasizes the need for clear communication of priorities and the importance of understanding one's roles and responsibilities.

  His experiences offer significant leadership guidance and provide a rare insight into military medicine. His story is not just captivating but inspiring. His journey from the USS Nimitz to the Pentagon offers invaluable leadership lessons for those seeking to grow in their careers and leadership roles. As he aptly puts it, leadership is about trust, clear communication, and understanding roles and responsibilities.

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