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US Navy Surgeon General And Hospital Corps Force Master Chief Visit Egypt Research Center

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Navy Surgeon General, Force Master Chief Applaud Science, Collaboration at U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3 Cairo, Egypt

By Capt. Dora Lockwood, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs
CAIRO, Egypt (NNS) — The Navy’s surgeon general and Hospital Corps force master chief (FORCM) completed a visit to U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3 (NAMRU-3), Feb. 17.

Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan, Navy surgeon general and chief, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, and FORCM Sherman Boss received an overview of current projects and ongoing infectious disease surveillance efforts in Egypt and Africa while visiting NAMRU-3 facilities.

During an all-hands call with Sailors, civilians and Egyptian scientists, Nathan applauded the research and scientific work being done by the employees at NAMRU-3.

“I am humbled by your work, your knowledge,” said Nathan. “I want you to know how much I appreciate what you do here. I want you, the Egyptians, the military and the civilians, to understand that even though my office is very far away, I’m very much aware of what you do.”

Nathan emphasized the importance of the work and the significant impact the scientific research has on global health.

“There are so many diseases in the world. Some diseases are carried by birds, some by mosquitoes, some by the water, some in the soil and some are transmitted from person to person,” said Nathan. “This region and more and more of the world are depending on you to identify, to understand and to help prevent these diseases. There are so many people around the world who do not know you, yet whose lives will be changed for the better because of you and what you do.”

Nathan concluded by expressing his appreciation for the long-standing collaboration between the U.S. Navy and the Egyptian scientists.

“You have kept the science and the goodness of the NAMRU in Egypt going for many, many years,” said Nathan. “Thank you for being great partners and great examples of what different nations can do when they come together for the rest of the world. You make the world a better place.”

NAMRU-3, established in 1946, is the oldest Department of Defense overseas military medical research facility and one of the largest research laboratories in the North Africa-Middle East region. The NAMRU conducts research and surveillance to support military personnel deployed to Africa, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia. NAMRU-3 works closely with the Egyptian Ministry of Health, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

U.S. Navy Medicine is a global health care 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.

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