Captain Chad McKenzie is a native of Bellefontaine, Ohio. He attended the University of Toledo where he graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps.
McKenzie’s first assignment was the National Naval Medical Center where he served as the Assistant Division Officer in Outpatient Pharmacy, and later as the Division Officer of Pharmacy Supply and Administration. In 1999, McKenzie reported to U.S. Naval Hospital Keflavik, Iceland where he served as the Pharmacy Department Head. In 2000, he transferred to Naval Hospital Bremerton, where he served as Division Officer in both Outpatient and Inpatient Pharmacy, and later led Pharmacy Clinical Operations in the Family Practice and Internal Medicine clinics. During his tour in Bremerton, he completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree through Idaho State University. With a broad pharmacy practice experience, McKenzie continued to serve in pharmacy leadership positions at Naval Hospitals Camp Pendleton and Oak Harbor. Additionally, in 2009, he was appointed as Director for Healthcare Business at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, and in 2012 Director for Clinical Support Services at Naval Hospital Oak Harbor. McKenzie gained operational leadership experience in 2010 while deployed as the Pharmacy Mentor to the Afghan National Army under NATO Training Mission Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In addition to his primary duties at Camp Pendleton, McKenzie was accepted into the Naval Postgraduate School Executive Master of Business Administration program, from which he graduated in 2011. Selected in 2014 to attend the U.S. Army War college resident program in Carlisle, PA as a full-time graduate student, he received a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies in June 2015. Upon graduation, McKenzie was assigned to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery where he served as both Assistant Deputy Chief of BUMED for Information Management and technology, and Director of Communications and Change Management for Information Management and Technology.
From June 2017 through June 2018, McKenzie served as the Officer in Charge, Branch Health Clinic Diego Garcia where he led the delivery of primary care services in support of U.S. and British military forces operating in and around the British Indian Ocean Territory. In addition, he provided Emergency Medical Services and Preventive Medicine support to 2,500 personnel across the installation.
McKenzie most recently served as the Executive Officer, Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, Maryland. In June 2020, he became the Commanding Officer of U.S. Naval Hospital Naples, Italy, the largest naval hospital in Europe.
Captain McKenzie is board-certified in pharmacotherapy by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties and is the recipient of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, and five Navy Commendation medals, in addition to unit, service, and campaign awards.
Captain Kathleen Cooperman is a native of Arlington, Virginia, Captain Cooperman entered into Naval Service under the Healthcare Scholarship Collegiate Program (HSCP) in 1998, and commissioned in 2000 as a U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps officer.
Captain Cooperman’s first assignment was to the Naval Medical Center, San Diego as Resource Sharing Program Manager. Upon completion of her tour in San Diego, she transferred to the U.S. Naval Hospital, Rota, Spain, serving as the Operations Officer and supported the first Navy-led medical and dental humanitarian mission (MEDFLAG) in Er Rachidia, Morocco, in September 2003. In May 2004, she was selected for Duty Under Instruction at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.
Captain Cooperman subsequently completed three prominent tours in Washington, D.C. which included a post graduate utilization tour at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), followed by Special Assistant for Health Affairs, Military Manpower & Personnel, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower & Reserve Affairs) and, Deputy Executive Assistant, Chief, BUMED and the Navy Surgeon General’s office. During her time in Washington, she was a key architect for Navy Medicine manpower programming and planning and, highly instrumental in shaping shore based and operational medical manpower platform capabilities.
In 2015, she served as Officer-In-Charge (OIC), Admiral Joel T. Boone, Branch Health Clinic aligned to the then, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Virginia. As OIC, she led one of the largest and top performing Branch Health Clinics on the East Coast. In 2018, Captain Cooperman assumed the role of Deputy Chief, Manpower and Personnel (M1), Naval Medical Forces Atlantic, Portsmouth, Virginia. She provided analytic manpower and personnel support to over 22 geographically distributed commands in the execution of BUMED human capital strategy for operationally ready medical forces.
Cooperman currently serves as the Executive Officer at U.S. Naval Hospital Naples, the largest naval hospital in Europe with branches in Italy and Germany, providing world class care to over 9,000 enrolled beneficiaries and over 29,000 operational forces in the EUCOM, AFRICOM, and CENTCOM areas of responsibility.
Captain Cooperman holds a Master of Science Management, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, a Master of Healthcare Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and a Bachelor of Arts, VCU. She completed the Naval War College Joint Professional Military Education (Phase I), a medical administration internship at Potomac Hospital, Woodbridge, Virginia, and the University of Virginia’s Hispanic Studies Program in Valencia, Spain.
She is Board Certified in Healthcare Management and previously served a three year assignment as the Federal Sector’s District 6, Regent-At-Large for Diversity and Inclusion, American College of Healthcare Executives. She received the Senior Level Healthcare Excellence Regent’s Award 2015, and was recognized by the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (DCNO) with the Admiral J. M. Boorda Award for Outstanding Integration of Analysis for humanitarian manpower mission planning. Her personal decorations include five Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, and two Navy and the Marine Corps Achievement Medals.
Master Chief Petty Officer
Command Master Chief Greg Garcia is a native of California. He enlisted in the Delayed Entry Program in 1988 and completed Basic Training at Naval Training Center, San Diego, CA. He served in the following aviation units: Helicopter Anti-submarine Light Squadron THREE FIVE (HSL 35), Helicopter Anti-submarine Light Squadron FOUR NINE (HSL-49), Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD), Sea Control Squadron TWO ONE (VS-21), Helicopter Mine-counter Measure Squadron ONE FIVE (HM 15), and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron FOURTEEN (HS 14).
He served onboard/deployed with the following units: USS BAGLEY (FF 1069), USS FOX (CG 33), USS VINCENNES (CG 49), Carrier Air Wing FIVE (CVW 5) onboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63), USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73), USS FREEDOM (LCS 1); supporting Operation DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM and numerous other campaigns.
He served four years as a Recruit Division Commander and completed the following tours as a Command Enlisted Leader: PCU MILWAUKEE (LCS 5), Coastal Riverine Group TWO Bahrain Unit and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron THREE FIVE (HSM 35).
He earned the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, Master Training Specialist and achieved his Enlisted Expeditionary Warfare qualification. His personal decorations include: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), and various other unit and campaign awards.
Master Chief Garcia is currently serving as Command Master Chief, Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command/U.S. Naval Hospital Naples, Italy.
USNH Naples Command Philosophy Statement:
Our mission is focused on readiness – medical readiness of Service members and their families, and the skills readiness of our staff. While we employ many different knowledge sets, skills, and tools to accomplish the mission, we subscribe to four ideals that build the foundation for everything we do – readiness first, integrity always, empowered leaders, and respect for others. Every member of this command has something unique and valuable to contribute to the mission and to the lives of others, and no individual is any more important than another. I challenge every member of the command to reflect on how these ideals connect to your individual duties and responsibilities, how they will enhance your development as a person and as a leader, and how they will help the command reach the next level of excellence in everything we do.
Readiness first. Readiness is why we exist and must be the focus of everything we do as a military health care organization. Ensuring the medical readiness of those we serve and enhancing the readiness of our medical force are interdependent. When making decisions, readiness bears greater value in balancing mission requirements.
Integrity always. We do the right thing, even when no one is watching. Our actions on and off duty are aligned with Navy core values, our professional oaths, and ethical standards. We have the courage to speak up and help others to do the right thing.
Empowered leaders. We work at the speed of the problem by employing critical thinking and making informed decisions within the scope of our knowledge, experience, and authority. We seek input from those closest to the problem, and in unfamiliar situations we ask for help to learn and grow.
Respect for others. We give respect to all who cross our paths, both up and down the chain of command and to those whom we provide care. We use respect to overcome bias, build trust, and grow as a team.