John Prepodnik

Mr. Prepodnik joined the U.S. Navy on June 10, 1999, during peacetime. After 9/11, he served in the Global War on Terror. Beginning in mid-2002, he served on the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman.

Mr. Prepodnik trained at Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes, Illinois, and attended Hospital Corpsman “A” School at the Naval Training Center, also in Great Lakes. Mr. Prepodnik was subsequently stationed at the Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, and assigned to the Field Medical Service School at Camp Johnson there.

After 9/11, he was assigned to security at the Naval Hospital. In the spring and summer of 2002, he attended Preventive Medicine Technician “C” School at the Naval School of Health Sciences.

In 2002, he was assigned to the medical department of the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman (CVN – 75) in 2002. The ship deployed to the Mediterranean Sea in December 2002 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Toward the end of 2004, it was deployed to the Persian Gulf in a show of strength.

Source: Information received from veteran (see below)

On June 10th 1999, I arrived at recruit training command, Great Lakes IL for basic training. Following basic training I attended Hospital Corpsman “A” school at the Naval Training Center in Great Lakes IL. Upon completion I was stationed at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL. During that time I was sent to field medical service school at Camp Johnson in Jacksonville, NC. I was on active duty in the family practice clinic performing clinical duties during the attacks of September 11th.

The morning of September 11th, I was sent to security and spent the next several months performing security duties at the hospital. During the security work, the uniform was the BDU’s.

Following the tour at the hospital, I attended preventive medicine technician “C” school at the Naval School of Health Sciences in the spring and summer of 2002. Following completion of this school I was assigned to the medical department of the USS Harry S Truman (CVN – 75). During the tour on the ship my duties included running the preventive medicine program on the ship, food sanitation, vaccine programs, water quality control, and TB control programs in addition to clinical responsibilities and emergency medical technician responsibilities.

During the time on board I was present for two deployments:

The first began in December of 2002, and I was in the eastern Mediterranean for operation Iraqi freedom.

The second began in late 2004, where the ship was present in the Persian Gulf for a show of military strength and support. The cruise jacket was purchased during the first deployment, and was present on the ship during the final month of the deployment.

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