Presentation of a wreath and playing of Taps honored our military during a Veterans Day Ceremony in Reynolda Hall that included a talk by Vice Adm. C. Forrest Faison III (’80, SCD ’18, P ’23), who has served as the U.S. Navy’s Surgeon General since 2015.
Faison is a doctor who teaches pediatrics and military medicine and who was responsible for all health care operations in Kuwait, Qatar and Southern Iraq, including all medical logistics support throughout U.S. Central Command, among his many posts. His numerous medals include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal twice and the Legion of Merit six times.
Faison praised the troops who put themselves in harm’s way to defend and support freedom. He told of serving in Iraq with a hospital corpsman who saved the lives of three in his platoon when they were shot as they tried to root out insurgents terrorizing a town. The corpsman stabilized the three men, dragged them to safety and was shot twice himself while rescuing a fourth platoon member. The corpsman would not accept treatment or evacuation until the others were evacuated. “Those Marines are alive and home with their families,” thanks to heroism performed “not for fame, not for glory, not for any other reason than to serve others and to serve this nation,” Faison said.
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