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Navy chief petty officer retires with 20 years of service

By Joycelyn Biggs | | April 11, 2014


Chief Petty Officer Justin Haugland’s newly gained title as retired from the Navy will dictate he  wear khaki pants, white socks, black patent leather shoes, a white T-shirt and the required baseball cap that says Navy retired, according to Master Chief Craig Soleim, senior enlisted leader, directorate, Naval Branch Health Clinics Jacksonville, Fla.      

Soleim told the crowd he looked forward to seeing Haugland in his retired attire during the retirement ceremony held Friday at Covella Pond aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany.

“No clinic in Navy medicine has achieved the level of success as Naval Branch Heath Clinic Albany has since chief’s arrival,” Soleim said of Haugland’s service. “I’m not sure any clinic will be able to match the success of Naval Branch Health Clinic Albany.

 “He is a true role model of a hospital corpsman,” Soleim continued. “He can be described easily as compassionate, concerned, fair, dedicated, engaged, disciplined and steadfast. Chief Haugland always ensured personal and professional development for our sailors.”

Soleim continued by saying, “You stepped up and got the job done; and both the mission and the sailors are better off today for it.”

Because of his dedicated service, Haugland received letters appreciation from Rick Scott, governor of Florida, and Jimbo Fisher, head football coach for Florida State University.

Wiping tears from his eyes, Haugland spoke softly thanking everyone for sharing in his ceremony.  He advised the staff he would leave behind to be cognizant of choices, attitudes and investments as it relates to both their personal and professional development.

Haugland said this occasion was very meaningful.

“Every person involved in this ceremony is important in my life. I felt it necessary to involve people who are special to me be a part of this special occasion,” he said.

One special person was his son. Cadet Seaman Recruit Bradley Haugland was promoted to the rank of cadet seaman apprentice in the Lincoln High School, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, Tallahassee, Fla., during the ceremony.

Haugland’s wife, Melissa, said, “I have had the pleasure of walking beside him for 18 years of this journey, and I am just so proud of him,” she said. “I am looking forward to living together in Tallahassee as a family unit again.”

Once in Tallahassee, Fla., Haugland said he is considering a career in real estate.

Haugland is retiring with 20 years of service to the Navy. His career began on May 4, 1994.

His first stop was in Great Lakes, Ill., to complete boot camp and Naval Hospital Corps School.

From there, Haugland reported to Naval Hospital in Charleston, S.C., then on to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, to attend Respiratory Therapy School.

After completing his education and graduating, Haugland’s next adventure would place him in the Naval Hospital Naples, Italy, for three years. He served in the internal medicine department and earned his certified respiratory therapist credentials.

After earning his credentials, Haugland was promoted to petty officer second class and later reported  to the naval hospital aboard Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, N.C. While stationed there, Haugland was promoted to petty officer first class.

Haugland, not shying away from a challenge, obtained orders to Fleet Surgical Team 8 as the only respiratory therapist. In that role, he provided relief efforts to Hurricane Katrina and humanitarian support off the coast of Lebanon and Israel.

Haugland later volunteered to take an individual augmentee assignment in Afghanistan, where he served as the senior respiratory therapist and leading petty officer of the intensive care unit at Camp Bastian, Afghanistan. Again, he was promoted to chief petty officer and obtained the title as leading chief petty officer of staff education and training.

Haugland’s final tour of duty would take place at Naval Branch Health Clinic Albany, where he served as the senior enlisted leader. Additionally, he held the title as acting officer-in-charge, emergency management officer, anti-terrorism officer and department head.