YOKOSUKA, Japan- A Clermont, Florida, native and 2016 East Ridge High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy with U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka (USNH Yokosuka).
Hospitalman Amber Carmona is serving with USNH Yokosuka, operating out of Yokosuka, Japan.
A Navy hospitalman is responsible for the prevention and treatment of disease and injury, assisting health care professionals in providing medical care to personnel, conducting preliminary physical examinations, performing medical administrative, supply and accounting procedures, and maintaining treatment records and reports.
Carmona is proud to serve in the Pacific and fondly recalls memories of Clermont.
“I learned from my mom to be more independent and to always work hard for what you want,” said Carmona. “Sometimes if a job doesn’t get done you have to take over and make sure the job gets done right.”
Moments like that makes it worth serving around the world ready at all times to defend America’s interests. With more than 50 percent of the world’s shipping tonnage and a third of the world’s crude oil passing through the region, the United States has historic and enduring interests in this part of the world. The Navy’s presence in Yokosuka is part of that long-standing commitment, explained Navy officials.
USNH Yokosuka is the largest U.S. military treatment facility on mainland Japan: a 47-bed core hospital in Yokosuka, near Tokyo. Branch health annexes are located at Camp Fuji and Hario, while Branch health clinics are located in Sasebo, Iwakuni, and Atsugi in mainland Japan; Chinhae, Korea on the southern tip of South Korea; and Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.
“You make a difference every day,” said Deputy Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Joey Dodgen. “We are the most prepared, highly trained and the most capable force in the Indo Pacific. Our carriers, amphibious assault ships, aircraft and most importantly, our people, are ready today to face regional challenges and lead our Navy’s forces in this theater, just as the officers and sailors of 7th Fleet have done for 75 years. So thank you for all that you do.”
USNH Yokosuka serves 42,000 beneficiaries throughout the Western Pacific by caring for readiness. USNH Yokosuka strives to be the premier provider of healthcare to active duty forces and their families in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region through Joint Partnerships.
“Being forward deployed here you know that there’s a set schedule, so you know what to expect,” said Carmona.
Carmona is also proud of that she was able to utilize what she had learned in training and brought it to the workplace. She felt accomplished because when was able to prove to herself and others that she worked hard and retained the information. Her training plays a vital role in the overall mission of supporting Sailors through the right medical care.
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Carmona and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.
“The Navy has given me tougher skin. I’ve learned a lot, especially critical thinking,” said Carmona. “I enjoy this command because of the different opportunities I’ve had through work as well as travel. I love traveling and new experiences, being stationed here has given me the opportunity to do all of that.”
Seventh Fleet, which is celebrating its 75th year in 2018, spans more than 124 million square kilometers, stretching from the International Date Line to the India/Pakistan border; and from the Kuril Islands in the North to the Antarctic in the South. Seventh Fleet’s area of operation encompasses 36 maritime countries and 50 percent of the world’s population with between 50-70 U.S. ships and submarines, 140 aircraft, and approximately 20,000 sailors in the 7th Fleet.