By SHARON McINTYRE
NHOH Community Relations
Master Chief Hospital Corpsman Jeffery Dell has reported as the new command master chief at Naval Hospital Oak Harbor (NHOH) in Washington state.
His parents, Dr. O.J. Dell Jr. and June Dell, are residents of Waycross.
Dell has 27 years of experience across the entire spectrum of Navy medicine. In addition, he has worked for aviation and surface commands, the Marine Corps and several military treatment facilities. He is bringing his vast experience from previous diverse commands to build a cohesive team at NHOH.
“Every situation dictates a different approach depending on the circumstances,” Dell said, responding to a question about his leadership style. “I take the necessary time to evaluate each situation. What works, what does not work, and make adjustments as necessary.”
Dell is a firm believer in training and preparing first line leaders for advancement and development of their careers.
“I want all senior enlisted leadership to invest in the first class petty officer all the way down to the junior recruit,” Dell said.
Dell wants his sailors to have the tools to achieve their goals. He says he will equip his senior enlisteds with the skills needed to mentor their subordinates to include the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Chief Petty Officer 365 Program development tool across the deck plate.
Responding to recent changes in Navy medicine, Dell said, “Healthcare is always changing as a result of new technology. Military medicine is constantly making adjustments to provide the most appropriate care available.”
Dell, an independent duty corpsman, believes Navy medicine is the best.
“We need to communicate to our beneficiaries that appropriate care needs to be addressed early and often,” he said. “Many of our sailors wait until they are ready to retire to address their medical issues.”
On the base level, Dell wants to get involved with the entire air station.
“NHOH is a tenant command on this base, however, we are a formidable resource and I want to be an integral part of the whole team, not an outsider looking in,” Dell said. “I want to be approachable with no barriers to the warfighter. At my last duty station, I served as the commander, U.S. Third Fleet Headquarters Senior Enlisted Leader and Fleet Hospital Corpsman. I bring 27 years of credible experience in the medical and fleet field of operation.”
Dell has come full circle. His very first operational tour in the Navy was with Electronic Attack Squadron 135 on Whidbey Island, Wash.
Dell looks forward to making a positive contribution during his tenure at Naval Hospital Oak Harbor and will do his best to promote the command’s mission to “… deliver high-quality, compassionate and personalized health care to all we serve.”
His spouse, Jennifer, will join him in Oak Harbor this spring.