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Almond to Lead Navy Flight Surgeons

June 25, 2020

Almond to Lead Navy Flight Surgeons

CAPT Nathaniel Almond is the incoming 2020–2021 president of the Society of U.S. Naval Flight Surgeons (SUSNFS).

   A native of San Diego, CA, he moved around the country many times as the son of a Navy Physician. He graduated from Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach, VA in 1992. He graduated from Duke University in Durham, NC, with a degree in Mathematics in 1996 and was commissioned through NROTC.
   CAPT Almond completed his Doctor of Medicine from the Uniformed Services University in 2000. He completed an internship in Family Practice at Camp Pendleton, CA, before reporting to Pensacola, FL, for flight surgery training. In 2002, he was designated a Naval Flight Surgeon before serving as a staff physician at the Physical Exams department at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute. He completed a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and General Preventive Medicine residency training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007 prior to transferring to Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit FIVE in San Diego, CA, where he served as a Preventive Medicine Officer and Officer in Charge of Forward Deployable Preventive Medicine Unit Team 5. During this tour he also served at Expeditionary Medical Facility Kuwait as Director of Public Health.
   In 2010 CAPT Almond transferred to Pensacola, FL, for further graduate medical education, completing residency training in Aerospace Medicine and Occupational Medicine. He then served for 6 months as Associate Program Director of the Army’s Occupational Medicine Residency while awaiting orders. In 2013, he transferred to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) as head of the medical department. In 2015, he then reported to the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute as the Associate Program Director for the Navy Residency in Aerospace Medicine (RAM). He was chosen after a year in that position to become the Program Director and is now in his fourth year as the Program Director.
   CAPT Almond is board certified in Aerospace Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and General Preventive Medicine. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2); Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3); and the Naval Volunteer Medal.