Hospital Corpsman S. Ross was at the Greenville Airport today as three Chinook helicopters landed at Majors Field and about thirty soldiers got off and enjoyed a welcome relief stop and snacks provided by the City of Greenville and Hunt County News. Corpsman Ross re-enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve for six years while airborne above Hunt County. Ross is a corpsman with Navy NMCB 22, a Battalion of the 1st Naval Construction Regiment. NMCB–22 is a deployable unit and deploys with the 1st Air Cavalry Division based at Ft. Hood, Texas. The helicopters were taking part in a training exercise and stopped in Greenville for fuel. Ross was invited to fly aboard by Major Bocanegra, United States Army, to administer the Oath of Enlistment. HM2 Ross works at the Greenville VA Clinic when she is not at JRB Fort Worth with the Heavy Maintenance and Construction Battalion (Seabees).
Hospital corpsmen work in a wide variety of capacities that include naval hospitals and clinics, aboard ships, and are the primary medical caregivers for sailors while underway. Hospital corpsmen are frequently the only medical caregiver available in many fleets or Marine units on extended deployment missions. Hospital corpsmen perform duties as assistants to physicians treating disease, injury, and often assist healthcare professionals by providing medical care to sailors and their families.