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Goldenrath Award: Vincent Musashe

September 03, 2021

Goldenrath Award: Vincent Musashe

Established in memory of CAPT Walter L. Goldenrath, MSC, USN(Ret.), this award is presented for the most significant contribution in the field of aerospace physiology. It was created at the bequest of CAPT Goldenrath and is funded by the Walter and Sylvia Goldenrath Endowed Fund.

Vincent Musashe, M.S., CAsP, FAsMA, CAPT, MSC, USN(Ret.), received the 2021 Walter and Sylvia Goldenrath Award for his unmatched accomplishments as an aerospace physiologist. He was tapped to lead the aerospace physiology career field, providing management to over 100 naval physiologists. He has continued mentoring younger physiologists within the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), spent 20 years representing Aerospace Physiology on the AsMA Council, and is a Past President of the Aerospace Physiology Society. He developed and instituted the Marine Corps Aeromedical Safety Enlisted program, which was the first of its kind, and led the oversight of the residency program in aerospace medicine and the Naval Operational Medical Lessons Learned Center. He also directed a task force to turn the aerospace medicine residency program into an all-inclusive operational medicine advanced program designed to improve the operational culture of senior medical personnel.
   CAPT Musashe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with an emphasis in Physiology from Valdosta State College, GA, USA, and a Master of Science degree in Physiology from the University of Tennessee. He also attended the Naval Postgraduate School, where he completed the Aviation Safety Officer course; Marine Corps Command and Staff College non-residence course; and Armed Forces Staff College, where he completed the Joint and Combined Staff Officer School. He is a board-certified aerospace physiologist (CAsP) and is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA).
   Retired after 30 years (1979–2009) of active duty in the U.S. Navy, CAPT Musashi served operational tours with the Navy, Army, and Marine Corps. He served his joint tour as Director, Joint Regional Medical Planning Program, at U.S. Army Forces Command, U.S. Atlantic Command, before it was renamed U.S. Joint Forces Command. During that assignment he was the Department of Defense Emergency Preparedness Course Director. He has served on the staff of both the Chief of Naval Operations and Commandant of the Marine Corps. He commanded the Naval Operational Medicine Institute in Pensacola, FL, USA, and was the Navy Deputy Director of the Military Health System Office of Transformation before assuming his last active duty assignment as the J5–Director, Plans and Policy, at Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical. As a civilian joint warfighter, he previously served as the Director, Plans and Policy, assigned to the National Capital Region Medical Directorate located on Naval Support Activity, Bethesda, MD, USA, and the Defense Health Agency, Operations Division, Falls Church, VA, USA.
   CAPT Musashi's personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal with one leaf, Legion of Merit Medal with two gold stars, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, Navy Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal. He was selected as the 1980 Naval Aerospace Physiologist of the Year and received the 1991 Special Award in Aerospace Physiology. In 1999 he received the Fred A. Hitchcock Award for Excellence in Aerospace Physiology and in 2000 he received the Harry G. Moseley Award for significant contributions to flight safety.