U.S. Navy Students to Graduate from Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Thomas Nelson Community College


Published: August 4, 2006

Six of the Graduating Students Served as Hospital Corpsmen in Iraq and Afghanistan:
The Virginia Peninsula – On Wednesday, August 9, at 8:30 a.m., 32 U.S. Navy students will be graduating from the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Thomas Nelson Community College. The ceremony will take place at the Mary T. Christian Auditorium on the Thomas Nelson Hampton campus.

Six of the graduating students served in Iraq and Afghanistan supporting the U.S. Marine Corps as hospital corpsmen prior to convening for school at Thomas Nelson Community College. Hospital corpsmen play a key role in rendering emergency medical treatment to U.S. Marines in a combat environment. Upon graduation, these U.S. Navy students will be sent around the world to serve as Med Lab Technicians in U.S. Navy facilities where medical laboratories are available.

The keynote speaker is Captain R. Gregory Craigmiles, Executive Officer, Naval School of Health Sciences Portsmouth, Va.

The graduating class will receive the Thomas Nelson Medical Laboratory Technician Certificate and will be awarded the Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) HM 8506. In addition, 13 of the graduating students have also completed the requirements for their Associate in Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology.

This is the fourteenth class to graduate from Thomas Nelson Community College since the U.S. Navy first awarded the contract to Thomas Nelson in 1998. Four hundred and thirty-two students have graduated from the program. The program calls for an accelerated 60-credit hour MLT certificate to be completed in 54 weeks. Students complete seven months of their training at Thomas Nelson and five months of clinical med lab internship at the Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth.

Twenty-nine of the graduating students are re-enlisting in the U.S. Navy for a minimum of three years to a maximum of six years. These students will be receiving selective re-enlistment bonuses for obligating additional service to the U.S. Navy. The total monetary amount to be paid to these sailors exceeds $500,000.

RANK Name HOMETOWN
HM3 LAURA ARTIS SUFFOLK, VA
HM2 MARCO BLOW RICHMOND, VA
HN FREDDRICKA BOWENS COLUMBIA, MS
HM2 JASON BROBESONG KOROR, PALAU
HM3 MATTHEW BROOKS CHILLICOTHE, OH
HM2 RACHEL CARR BRISTOL, TN
HM2 CANDYCE CLARK BRONX, NY
HM3 CHAD CONTRANCHIS NEW ORLEANS, LA
HM2 GALE COVINGTON HUGO, OK
HM2 DEMETRIC DIXON STRONG, AR
HM3 NETTIE GORDAN BROOKLYN, NY
HM3 ANGELA JENNINGS DANVILLE, VA
HM3 EMILY KINNEY ATCHISON, KS
HM2 FRANCIS LEWIS LONG BEACH, CA
HM3 AARON LOBATOLEWIS BELLFLOWER, CA
HM2 EFRAIN LOPEZ SODUS, NY
HM2 PATRICK MCDOUGAL SAINT PETERSBURG, FL
HM2 TAMESHA MCKINNON PELHAM, GA
HM2 ABELARDO MENDOZA PHOENIX, AZ
HM3 DAWN MESSER AKRON, OH
HM3 GLORIA MILLINE FORTLAUDERDALE, FL
HM3 TUN MIN HANOVERPARK, IL
HM3 DINA MOLTRUP TUSCON, AZ
HM2 MIGUEL MONTOYA FRESNO, CA
HM3 JEFFREY NUNEZ MANILA, PHILLIPINES
HM3 BABATUNDE ONIGBANJO NEWCARROLLTON, MD
HN RAYMOND PAGUILIGAN BULACAN, PHILLIPINES
HM2 THERICA REYNOLDS JERSEY CITY, NJ
HN EMILY ROSS PULASKI, PA
HM3 FRANCISCO SEGURA EAGLE PASS, TX
HM3 CLIFTON TURNER FORTWORTH, TX
HM3 ROBERT VAUSE TALLAHASSEE, FL

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