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‘Gung Ho’ sailor wins award

By Joycelyn Biggs | | May 5, 2014

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Many may be referred to as “gung ho,” but Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan Nguyen, career counselor, Naval Branch Clinic Albany, has the award to prove it.

Intellectual honesty, moral courage, tenacity, self-discipline and a can-do attitude are just some of the characteristics required to achieve gung ho status from the Jacksonville Semper Fidelis Society, Jacksonville, Fla.

The society is a non-profit organization of honorably-discharged Marines, Navy corpsmen, chaplains and surgeons who             served with Fleet Marine Forces and chose     to continue an adherence to the core values of the U.S. Marines, according to website, www.jaxsemperfidelis.org.

Each year, the society presents the prestigious Gung Ho Award to outstanding corpsmen and Marines.       

According to Lt. Cmdr. Raymond Bristol, officer-in-charge, NBHC Albany, Nguyen was the perfect recipient. He received the Gung Ho Award, April 10, in Jacksonville, Fla. 

“He is an outstanding sailor,” Bristol said.  “He takes great pride in everything he does.”

During the last physical training testing, Bristol said Nguyen was the only person from NBHC Albany to obtain outstanding ratings.

Nguyen’s moral courage, tenacity and can-do attitude was on display while he served in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with combat distinguishing device for his bravery after a suicide bomber attacked his position.

The award states after extracting a wounded Afghan border patrolman from the tower and performing first aid, Nguyen relentlessly provided life-saving treatment to his critically- injured patient while under heavy fire.

“He has lived the experience in combat and has definitely proven his ability to take care of his Marines,” Bristol said. “He is a Marine’s corpsman.”

In some of his many roles at NHBC Albany, Nguyen’s responsibilities include career counseling for sailors and assisting new arrivals in their transition to the clinic.

Seaman Rodney Fredrick, radiation health technician, NBHC Albany, stated Nguyen has been extremely helpful with both his transition to Albany and career planning.

“He really went above and beyond in making me comfortable with my transition here,” Fredrick explained. “Two weeks before I checked in, he called me and talked with me about the base and made himself available to me if I had any questions. Once I got here, he showed me around and made sure I had all the amenities I needed. I didn’t have that experience before, so it definitely left an impression on me.   

“(Petty Officer 2nd Class) Nguyen doesn’t just give advice that will best suit the military,” Fredrick said. “He is very open and gives an honest overview of all options that are available.”

Nguyen has made many positive impressions since arriving at NBHC Albany in May 2012. During his tenure here, he has achieved distinctions as Sailor of the Year in 2012 and 2013, Sailor of the Quarter for the 3rd quarter 2013, Junior Sailor of the Quarter for the 1st quarter 2013 and is the reigning Sailor of the Quarter for Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s 1st Quarter 2014.


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