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   Commander Commander Charles Wilhite
   Medical Service Corps, United States Navy, MSPH, CIH, CSP   

 

 
CDR Wilhite is a native of Springfield, Mo.  He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1993 and reported to Recruit Training Command, San Diego, CA.  He attended Hospital Corpsman “A” School at Naval School of Health Sciences, Naval Hospital Balboa and earned the “Distinguished Student Award.”  In May 1994, he graduated from Preventive Medicine Technician “C” School, Naval School of Health Sciences, Naval Hospital Oak Knoll, CA with honors and distinction.

For his first sea tour, CDR Wilhite reported to USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) in Norfolk, VA.  On the first deployment, the ship participated in air combat missions in support of the Bosnian conflict and defended the “no-fly” zone in Iraq.  His meticulous work with the air wing and SEAL Team 8 lead him to be Command Advanced to HM2 and was selected for the 1996 HMCM Steven Brown Award:  “The Best Preventive Medicine Technician in the Navy.”
After his sea tour, CDR Wilhite reported to Navy Environmental Preventive Medicine Unit No. 2 in Norfolk, VA.  He was recognized as “Sailor of the Quarter” and then in 1998, was selected for the HSCP Commissioning Program.

In Dec 2000, CDR Wilhite reported to Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan for his first Officer tour.  He conducted Industrial Hygiene Surveys for all Marine Corps commands and was the acting 1st Marine Air Wing IHO. 

CDR Wilhite then reported to the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) and rapidly deployed for war in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.  He qualified as a Force Protection Watch Officer and was the only Medical Officer onboard with “weapons release” authority while on station in both combat zones.  His last year onboard was in a complex overhaul at Newport News Shipyard in which the crew had zero class A or B occupational mishaps.

In 2005, CDR Wilhite was selected for Duty Under Instruction at the University of South Florida where he obtained his Masters of Science in Public Health.  He completed Hand-Arm Vibration research that was specific to Sailors operating pneumatic tools; his results are referenced for DoD PPE selection and Policy.

In 2007, he reported to the USS EMORY S. LAND (AS 39) as Safety Officer in Sardinia, Italy.  He sailed with the ship via a homeport change to Bremerton, WA for a two year dry-dock availability.  Under his guidance the ship was awarded consecutive CNO Safety Awards for ‘outstanding mishap prevention efforts’.
He then reported to President, Board of Inspection and Survey for his 4th sea duty as the Fleet Medical, NAVOSH, Supply and Environmental Inspector.  He qualified for all inspection teams and inspected over 65 different vessels to include newly commissioned ships, MSC vessels, combatant ships and submarines.  Due to his expertise, he served on DoD, CNO, NAVSEA, and BUMED working groups to create, modify and change OSHA/Afloat Medical policy.

In 2012, CDR Wilhite reported to Navy Environmental Preventive Medicine Unit. No. 6, ADDU to Commander, Submarine Forces, Pacific Fleet.  He led the successful implementation of a comprehensive TYCOM Safety Management System encompassing 11 ISICs and 63 units Safety and Environmental Programs in five geographical areas.  His efforts lead to SUBPAC winning 3 SECNAV and over 20 CNO Safety and Environmental Awards.

In 2016, CDR Wilhite reported to Navy Personnel Command as Physician Assistant and Health Care Scientist Detailer where he detailed over 1000 Officers and new accessions world-wide.  Additionally, he provided career, education and leadership advice to all ranks throughout the various echelons of medical and line commands.

In 2018-2021, CDR Wilhite reported to NEPMU-6, Pearl Harbor, HI as Officer in Charge.  His command is noted as INDOPACOM and PACFLT’s medical command of choice to execute Global Health Engagements and preventive medicine support to theater campaign plans and ensure the highest level of Fleet readiness.  NEPMU-6 was instrumental in providing expert public health advice to PACFLT and minimizing COVID-19 effects throughout the AOR and Hawaii.

His Awards include:  (3) Meritorious Service Medals, (3) Navy Commendation Medals and (3) Navy Achievement Medals and many other command and campaign medals/awards.

CDR Wilhite is married to Mrs. Caroline Wilhite from Hagerstown, Md. and has four adult children.

 

 




 

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