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Gregory Gonzales, HM3, CPhT

Gregory Gonzales, HM3, CPhT

As a CPhT onboard a ship, I was the authority on ensuring over 10,000 medications were properly prepacked for our missions in Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Philippines.

One of my greatest challenges was a humanitarian mission deployment overseas. As a CPhT onboard a ship, I was the authority on ensuring over 10,000 medications were properly prepacked for our missions in Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Philippines. Once in country, I was tasked with designing and setting up an operational pharmacy out of a small classroom. I used translators to counsel patients on proper administration of medications, some of whom had never taken western medications before. Being a CPhT in the military means I am always a Corpsman first. While in Vietnam, I was the Lead Corpsman for two CB units and rendered first aid to four sailors and one child. 

- Gregory Gonzales, HM3, CPhT

Corpsman/Pharmacy Tech, US Navy

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