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Lemoore Naval Hospital commander says goodbye

Cmdr. Julie Hoover

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Cmdr. Julie Hoover is retiring today after an exemplary 30-year career in both enlisted and officer ranks.

She enlisted in the Navy in 1984 after graduating high school. She attended boot camp at Recruit Training Center Orlando, Florida. During her enlisted years as a hospital corpsman, Hoover advanced to the rank of petty officer second class.

She applied and was accepted into to the Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Troy State University, Troy, Ala. After graduation in 1995, she was commissioned an Ensign in the Nurse Corps.

Throughout her career, Hoover was stationed on every coast and overseas.

“But luckily for this base, she has spent close to the last 15 years here at Lemoore Naval Hospital,” said Constancio Alvarez, Naval Hospital Lemoore Customer Service Relations and Public Affairs Officer.

Hoover was actively involved in emergency management and part of medical planning for two air shows during her, Alvarez added. She led the hospital’s Sexual Assault Program Response (SAPR), and helped the air station’s Fleet and Family Support Center train new victim advocates. She also served as a point of contact for guidance and medical support for victims.

When emergency services transitioned from the hospital to Federal Fire, she helped ensure there was not a loss of services.

For the past five years Hoover was the Director of Medical Services, and had an impact on moving the vision of military medicine into the 21st Century.

“She will be greatly missed,” Alvarez said. “Good luck Cmdr. Hoover in your retirement. May you enjoy fair winds and following seas!”

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