MIL-OSI Security: Defense News: A Family Affair: Father Enlists Daughter into Naval Service


Source: United States Navy

“In my first year of college, I was considering what I wanted to do in service and who I wanted to help. When I found the Naval Nurse Corps, I started thinking I could help people who helped me growing up and I could pay it forward,” said Madeline Velez. “I was born in a Naval hospital, I’ve been treated at U.S. Navy hospitals, and I felt like bringing it back full circle.”

The Navy Nurse Corps provides direct support to Navy and Marine Corps commands, squadrons, battalions, and units. Navy nurses deploy in support of combat operations, disaster relief, and humanitarian assistance missions, providing the best care our nation can offer ashore and afloat.

“In my 30-plus years of service, I’ve had the honor of enlisting, commissioning and promoting hundreds of Sailors, but nothing has ever come close to the pride I felt yesterday as I enlisted my daughter, Madeline, in the Navy Nurse Candidate Program on board the USS George H.W. Bush,” said Rear Adm. Dennis Velez.

“I am so proud that she has decided to serve our Sailors and Marines and can’t wait to see her start her own Navy adventure after she graduates from the University of Virginia next summer,” he continued.

Madeline Velez recently finished her third year as a student at the University of Virginia. She will continue working toward completing her nursing degree and required certifications before transitioning to Officer Development School (ODS) – eventually commissioning as a Navy nurse.

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