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SUMMER 2017

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7 Association of the United States Navy ENLISTED AFFAIRS I am a Soldier, and a proud one. But I was a believer in the power of working with my Joint Force brothers and sisters long before I joined the Defense Health Agency as the third senior enlisted advisor in its history. I have spent 33-1/2 years in uniform, almost half of that overseas. I've been a combat medic, served two combat tours in Iraq and worked in the nicest CONUS hospitals you could imagine. What I've learned is that I need my Navy, Marine, Air Force and Coast Guard colleagues to do my job well, and they need the Army to do theirs. VADM Bono likes to show a photo of a crowded combat hospital surgical ward in Iraq – dozens of joint- force medical personnel, saving lives. She points out that you can't tell what service they're from unless you look at their boots. For darned sure, the patients on those tables don't care what uniform the docs and nurses wear. At DHA, we have personnel from every service, and we provide essential support to all the services, as well as the Joint Staff and the combatant commands. It's a great vantage point from which to see how our force gets more joint, and more effective, every day. I've been very impressed by the Navy medical personnel I've met, who shi so effortlessly "from blue to green" to support their Navy and Marine Corps comrades. And I get the chance to work side by side with sailors every day, from senior NCOs to VADM Bono, who is without a doubt among the most impressive leaders I've met in my three decades in uniform. Building trust and transparency in peace time is essential to carrying out our mission. In my tours of duty around the world, I've worked with Army, Navy and Air Force personnel of every rank. Beyond that, I've worked with personnel from a host of U.S. govern- ment partners, allies and partner nations in combat operations and in global health engagements – host country troops, NATO forces, State Department diplomats and NIH health experts. Every one of these experiences is a chance to foster relationships, make maximum use of the strength of our forces, enhance interoperability with partners and allies and help build medical capacity around the world. e "so power" of military medicine is a real and powerful thing, and building those relationships makes our nation safer by building bridges to friends around the world. Command Sgt. Maj. Robert C. Luciano assumed responsibility as the third senior enlisted advisor to the Defense Health Agency in 2016. He is the personal advisor to the Director of the Defense Health Agency on all issues associated with the readiness, morale, welfare and utilization for the 2,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Civilian personnel assigned at 29 locations world- wide supporting the Defense Health Agency. He has served in the U.S. Army since 1984. Joint Military Health Team Building trust and transparency By Command Sgt. Maj. Robert C. Luciano US ARMY; BROOKE P. BEERS U.S. Army, Air Force and Navy personnel move a Marine patient from his bed to a stretcher to transport him to Kadena Air Base from U. S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, on Camp Lester, Japan.

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