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A copy image of an aerial view of the US Navy (USN) Naval Medical Center San Diego (Balboa Hospital) (NMCSD). The exact date photo taken is unknown

ENSIGN Joe Koshiol, NC, a nurse with the cardiac care unit of the Naval Medical Center San Diego, briefs Harold Hill on coronary bypass procedures

Hospital Corpsman Second Class (HM2) Larry McMinn of Naval Medical Center San Diego (Left) and HM2 Edward Miller of Branch Medical Clinic Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) prepare to unroll camouflage to cover the field hospital during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton is a biannual Commander-in-CHIEF Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet training exercise (FLEETEX) focused on operational/tactical training of Commander, Third Fleet (C3F)/ I Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) and Commander, Amphibious Group 3 (CPG-3)/ 1ST Marine Division (MARDIV). KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the...

Hospitalman Alonso Rogero, left, a staff member at Naval Medical Center San Diego, shakes hands with U.S. President George W. Bush after being awarded the Purple Heart.

Crewmembers of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), participate in a command-wide blood drive on the pier next to the carrier.

The Department of Defense has confirmed that Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Fernando A. Mendezaceves.

Cmdr. Arden Chan is interviewed by KUSI Channel 9 News before his flight leaves from San Diego, Calif., to Singapore where he will add to the doctors, nurses and medical personnel .

Naval Medical Center San Diego, Culinary Specialist Apprentice Brett Curry, hands out commemorative coins to veterans at a WWII 60th anniversary ceremony.

U.S. Navy Ens. Frank Percy, right, a physician�s assistant from Naval Medical Center San Diego, works along side a medical student from University of Southern California Medical Center to remove jewelry.

An injured Sailor speaks with a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer during a visit to Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD).

An injured Marine speaks with a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer during a visit to Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD). Approximately 150 LAPD officers drove in squad cars, motorcycles and were flown in by helicopter to handout the truckloads of presents to NMCSD patients and family members staying at the Fisher House

An injured Marine speaks with a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer during a visit to Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD).

An injured Marine speaks with a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer during a visit to Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD). Approximately 150 LAPD officers drove in squad cars, motorcycles and were flown in by helicopter to handout the truckloads of presents to NMCSD patients and family members staying at the Fisher House

A Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer sorts through gifts to be donated to patients and family members at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD).

US Navy (USN) Rear Admiral (RDML) (lower half) Brian G. Brannman, SENIOR Health Care Executive, USN, Commander, Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), shows the Honorable, Dr. Donald C. Winter (right), Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), a beautiful garden area at Balboa NMCSD, developed to give patients and family members a quiet area to sit and collect their thoughts. SECNAV is in Southern California to get a first-hand look at the work being done by the USN Sailors and US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines stationed in the region

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Letra Simmons, from Arlington, Texas, gives Storekeeper Seaman Dwuan Chandler a purified protein derivative (PPD) shot.

A member of San Diego's Navy Environmental Preventative Medical Unit Five (NEPMU-5) checks Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Robert Connor's purified protein derivative (PPD) shot.

Michael Berwald (left), a registered nurse and U. S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Chad Bemmerl tends to an incubated baby on Nov. 15, 2006, during a simulated disaster drill at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), Calif. NMCSD conducted the drill to train medical staff and prepare for situations that could occur during an actual emergency. (U. S. Navy PHOTO by Mass Communication SPECIALIST 3rd Class S. C. Irwin) (Released)

Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) staff attempt to diagnose a patient during a simulated disaster drill on Nov. 15, 2006. NMCSD conducted the drill to train medical staff and prepare for situations that could occur during an actual emergency. (U. S. Navy PHOTO by Mass Communication SPECIALIST 3rd Class S. C. Irwin) (Released)

Children from Naval Medical Center San Diego, soar above Southern San Diego in the SANYO blimp, part of the �Believe in Tomorrow's Hands on Adventures� program for critically ill children.

A 12-year-old patient at Naval Medical Center San Diego, observes the San Diego area from aboard the SANYO blimp gondola.

A 12-year-old patient at the U.S. Naval Medical Center San Diego, Cailf, observes the San Diego area from aboard the SANYO blimp gondola. Children fighting life-threatening illnesses soared above Southern San Diego in the blimp as part of the'Believe in Tomorrow's Hands on Adventures'program for critically ill children, designed to provide patients and their families with positive, unique experiences. (U.S. Navy PHOTO by Mass Communication SPECIALIST SEAMAN Daniel A. Barker) (Released)

Children from Naval Medical Center San Diego, Calif., soar above Southern San Diego in the SANYO blimp, part of the'Believe in Tomorrow's Hands on Adventures'program for critically ill children. The SANYO blimp is one of the largest passenger-carrying blimps in the nation and the ride is part of a program designed to provide children fighting life-threatening diseases and their families with positive, unique experiences. (U.S. Navy PHOTO by Mass Communication SPECIALIST 3rd Class Sean P. Lenahan) (Released)

A little boy has his face painted military style at the Welcoming Arms Festival hosted by Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Lt. j.g. Orlando Rivera and Lt. j.g. Natalie Derfus organize medication at the Taviran Elementary School during a medical civil assistance program (MEDCAP). Rivera and Derfus, attached to Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Chief Hospital Corpsman Joanna Miclat, attached to Naval Medical Center San Diego, explains the dosage of a prescribed medication to a Filipino woman during a medical civil assistance program (MEDCAP) at the Sandakan Elementary School.

Rear Adm. Christine Hunter, commanding officer of Naval Medical Center San Diego and parade grand marshal, waves to the crowd at the 59th Annual Coronado 4th of July parade

Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Schiemel from Naval Medical Center San Diego, explains to an interpreter how patients will receive treatment at Bunabun Health Center.

Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Schiemel, from Naval Medical Center San Diego, escorts a number of local residents who will be seen by the medical team assigned to work at Bunabun Health Center.

Lt. David King from Naval Medical Center San Diego, examines a child during a medical civil-assistance program (MEDCAP) at Josephstaal Medical Clinic.

Capt. Scott McClatchey from Naval Medical Center San Diego removes a cataract from a Papua New Guinea patient aboard the amphibious assault USS Peleliu (LHA 5).

Ensign Stacy Syrstad, a nurse practitioner from Naval Medical Center San Diego, calms a child after a vaccination at a medical civil-assistance program (MEDCAP) at Ileg Clinic near Madang.

Spc. Saul Martinez, who has sustained injury during combat, climbs the new 30-foot wall in the Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care (C5) facility at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

U.S. Spc. Saul Martinez, who has sustained injury during combat, climbs the new 30-foot rock-climbing wall in the Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care (C5) facility at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Coast Guard Fireman Brice A. Brokaw uses the medicine ball for abdominal training during therapy in the new Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care (C5) facility at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Military members cut a ribbon signifying the Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care (C5) Grand Opening at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Air Force Capt. David K. Berling performs abdominal training with a medicine ball during routine therapy in the new Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care (C5) at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Trevor Dallas-Orr hands blankets and pillows to Personnel Specialist 1st Class William Clincy and his wife for their stay at the temporary evacuation site on base.

Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Noah Rose, attached to the Naval Medical Center San Diego, conducts a routine check on a dog which is one of several animals held in a makeshift kennel during the San Diego wildfires.

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Chris Burdhardt consults with Jayson Napolitano, a student at University of California San Diego, about the correct dosage for a patient at a medical tent in Qualcomm Stadium.

Local Wal-Mart store manager Casey O'Kane and fellow employees present Bell Esposito, manager of Naval Medical Center San Diego's (NMCSD) Fisher House, with a $5,000 donation from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) Sailors, Marines and staff meet with former U.S. Marine Corps drill instructor turned Golden Globe-nominated actor R. Lee Emery during his visit to the hospital.

Patients from Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital and local Veterans Administration hospitals prepare to submerge during the Scuba Diving Experience and Training class at NMCSD.

Naval Medical Center San Diego began the New Year with the arrival of the first baby born in 2008.

Actor Owen Wilson speaks with Marine Cpl. Christopher Lawrence at the Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care (C5) facility in Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Adm. Jonathan Greenert, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, greets Army Spc. Joseph Serino during his tour of the Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care facility at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Rear Adm. Christine Hunter, commander of Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), speaks with Spc. Joseph Serino before his participation in the final section of the Soldier Ride Golden State Challenge.

Rear Adm. Christine Hunter, commander of Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) and Cmdr. Ronald J. Boucher, vice chairman of the radiology department, cut a ceremonial ribbon.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Joe R. Campa Jr. speaks to U.S. Army Spec. Joseph Serino after meeting with chief petty officers during a chief petty officer call at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Dustin Carter, a quadruple amputee wrestler, carries his coach, Scott Goodpaster, on his shoulders to demonstrate some of his unique training techniques during a wrestling clinic for wounded warriors at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Erica Monk measures the pupilary distance of U.S. Army Solider, Charles M. Michael, III.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Joe R. Campa Jr. meets with chief petty officer selectees.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Joe R. Campa Jr. congratulates the new chief petty officers after the pinning ceremony at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Newly pinned chief petty officer stand in formation after receiving their anchors and donning of their hat.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Joe R. Campa Jr. addresses the chief petty officer selectees during a pinning ceremony held at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

The Navy's newest chief petty officers march in front of the audience after receiving their anchors and combination cover.

Sailors gather to watch the chief petty officer selectee pinning ceremony held at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Lead Mammography Technologist Carmen Waters assists a patient.

Guests cut the ribbon at Naval Medical Center San Diego for the grand opening of the second Fisher House.

Wheelchair volleyball participants enjoy a game.

Ensign Darcy Endicott, a Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) staff nurse, oversees medical personnel as they prepare to move a simulated patient on an Evacusled during a Golden Guardian 2008 drill.

Orthopedic surgery intern Lt. James Bailey, left, and general surgery resident Lt. Bryan Alvarez, unveil an honorary Prisoner of War plaque given to Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Rear Adm. Christine S. Hunter, commander of Naval Medical Center San Diego, and Capt. Gregory Blaschke, Medical and Surgical Simulation Center medical director, cut a ribbon.

Lt. Cmdr. Kristina Moroccodemonstrates the Mobile Obstetric Education System (MOES) for emergency situations.

R. Lee Ermey signs an autograph for Postal Clerk 2nd Class Maurice Elmore.

R. Lee Ermey joins Santa Claus to put toys into the

Rear Adm. Christine S. Hunter, commander, Naval Medical Center San Diego, presents the Bronze Star medal to Cmdr. Joey Swartz.

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Karlojo D. Atienza, leading petty officer of the pharmacy department, checks the expiration dates and ensures that the correct medications are ready to be administered to patients at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

An operating team at Naval Medical Center San Diego performs a thoracotomy to remove a cancerous portion of a lung.

Melissa Canedo scans the World Health Organization (WHO) Surgical Check List before proceeding to the next phase in the operating procedure.

Orthopedic surgeon Capt. Dana Covey, chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego, performs a postoperative range of motion test at the orthopedic sports clinic.

Orthopedic surgeon Capt. Dana Covey, chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego, explains an injury to a patient.

Capt. Gregory Blaschke, medical director, Medical and Surgical Simulation Center at Naval Medical Center San Diego, right, demonstrates the mobile child trainer.

Rear Adm. Christine S. Hunter inspects Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Sheryl Rodil during a routine uniform inspection.

Cmdr. Craig Salt, department head of plastic surgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego, examines the nasal cavity of Lance Cpl. Anthony Guererro.

The Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) Blood Bank confirms the blood type of each blood product donated to ensure patients receive the correct specimen.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Glen Mulkey donates a blood sample in the Mobile Blood Bank at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD).

t. Joselyn C. Mercado, an obstetrician/gynecologist resident assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego, sings the national anthem at Petco Park in San Diego, Calif.

A mock set-up of the new pod design in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) is on display during an open house.

Staff and patients participate in a healthy cooking class at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Fred Fusilier, lead personal trainer at Naval Medical Center San Diego, leads a fitness aerobics class during the Health and Wellness Department Fitness Expo.

Gen. David H. Petreaus, commander, U.S. Central Command, speaks to wounded Soldiers, Sailors and Marines during a visit to Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Rear Adm. Christine M. Bruzek-Kohler and Brig. Gen. Robert B. Abrams, sign the Warrior Healthcare Covenant to show continuous support for the wounded Soldiers.

Sailors assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) parade the national ensign during a Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony.

Chief hospital Corpsman Keren M. Lemas has her anchors pinned on by her daughter during the 2009 chief petty officer pinning ceremony at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

A family member pins anchors to a newly promoted chief petty officer at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Lynn A. Boulanger, a Naval Medical Center San Diego occupational therapist, assists Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jesse A. Cottle, a bilateral amputee, while he practices swimming during endurance training.

Lyn A. Boulanger, a Naval Medical Center San Diego occupational therapist, assists Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jesse A. Cottle, a bilateral amputee, while he practices swimming during endurance training.

Rear Adm. Christine M. Bruzek-Kohler, commander of Naval Medical Center San Diego, presents the Bronze Star medal to Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Phillip A. Azevedo.

Retired Army Spc. Chester Triplett, left, who is legally blind, and Reserve Marine Col. Gregg Moore, a volunteer, ride around the San Diego Velodrome track at Balboa Park, San Diego.

Jordan Bird, paralympics track and field coach, takes a practice lap around the San Diego Velodrome track at Balboa Park, San Diego.

Naval Medical Center San Diego hosted the United States Olympic Committee Paralympic Military Sports camp.

Los Angeles Lakers players Derek Fisher, left, Luke Walton, Ron Artest and Lamar Odom visit with Marine Lance Cpl. Mattew McKim at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Los Angeles Lakers players Luke Walton, left, Lamar Odom, Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher visit with Marine Sgt. Cassandra Becker and her mother at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Allan Antonio, front right, instructs Hospitalman Apprentice Christopher Gatpandan on the proper technique of 360 degree security during an in-coming drill at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Capt. Ted J. Lucas, commodore, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 1, presents the Purple Heart medal to Staff Sgt. Jesse A. Cottle at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Medical staff at Naval Medical Center San Diego are nearly outnumbered in their operating room by casualties during a command-wide mass casualty drill.

Command Master Chief Kathleen A. Hansen, assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), hugs retired Chief Electricians Mate Stuart Hedley, a Pearl Harbor survivor.

Command Master Chief Kathleen A. Hansen, assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego, presents an American flag to retired Chief Electrician's Mate Stuart Hedley, a Pearl Harbor survivor.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Victoria A. Cruz administers the H1N1 flu vaccine to Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Ronald Dizon at Naval Medical Center San Diego.