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Dayton Native Serves at Naval Hospital Jacksonville

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda Rae Moreno, Navy Office of Community Outreach

(Jacksonville, Fla.) – A 1977 Dixie High School in New Lebanon, Ohio, graduate and Dayton, Ohio, native is serving at Naval Hospital Jacksonville and Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Jacksonville.

Red Cross Volunteer Julia Johnston helps patients and the hospital personnel connect with Red Cross services.

Johnston credits their hometown for giving opportunities they would not have had otherwise experienced that have helped in serving with the Navy.

“My family taught me ‘when the going gets tough, the tough gets going,’” said Johnston. “My family was very active civically in the community.”

Johnston has a spouse currently serving and previously served on active duty as well. During her active duty time, she was able to participate in the Seaman to Admiral Program. She is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Naval Hospital Jacksonville and Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (MNRTC) Jacksonville deliver quality health care, in an integrated system of readiness and health. Naval Hospital Jacksonville includes five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia. It serves 163,000 active-duty and retired sailors, Marines, soldiers, airmen, guardsmen, and their families, including about 83,000 patients who are enrolled with a primary care manager.

Johnston is now a part of a long-standing tradition of serving the Navy our nation needs. Johnston said they are proud to be part of a warfighting team that readily defends America at all times.

“The Red Cross in the command supports active duty personnel interested in becoming nurses,” said Johnston. “We vet sailors interested in making the transition so they can start shadowing a nurse.”

Johnston is playing an important part in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.

“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.”

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon capital assets, Johnston and others know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes.

“Our 2,400 staff (military, civilian, contract, and volunteer) are integral to keeping our Navy and Marine Corps family ready, healthy, and on the job,” said Capt. Matthew Case, Naval Hospital Jacksonville commander and NMRTC Jacksonville commanding officer.

“After 41 years of service in and out of uniform, I am very supportive of people who want to progress in their career,” said Johnston. “As a Red Cross Volunteer, indirectly I am able to support the mission of the hospital and the Navy.”

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