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Command Leadership

COMMANDING OFFICER
CAPTAIN Romeo T. Tizon, Jr.
Medical Service Corps,
United States Navy

A native of the Philippines, Captain Tizon enlisted in the U.S. Navy at Naval Station Subic Bay in 1984. He completed Navy Recruit Training, Hospital Corps School and Pharmacy Technician School in San Diego, CA. Following graduation, he reported to Naval Hospital Long Beach, CA in 1985. In 1988, he transferred to U.S. Naval Hospital Subic Bay, Philippines. In 1992, he reported to U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan where he served as the Pharmacy Department Leading Petty Officer. During this tour, he was promoted to the rank of Chief Hospital Corpsman. He transferred to Naval Hospital Pensacola, FL in 1995 where he served as Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Director for Nursing Services.   In 1997, he was commissioned an Ensign under the Medical Service Corps In-service Procurement Program for Healthcare Administration.

After graduating with distinction from Officer Indoctrination School in Newport, RI, in 1997, Tizon reported to the 3rd Dental Battalion, 3d Force Service Support Group, Okinawa, Japan where he served as Executive Officer and Deputy Director for Administration for the Headquarters and Service Company. In 2000, he transferred to U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan where he served as Medical Construction Liaison Officer, Public Affairs Officer, and Operating Management Department Head. In 2003, he graduated with honors from the Navy Medicine Fiscal and Material Management Training Course in Bethesda, MD.  He was designated a Medical Logistician and Fiscal Officer.

In 2003, Tizon transferred to Blount Island Command, Jacksonville, FL, serving as the Officer-in-Charge of the Medical Logistics Branch, U.S. Marine Corps Maritime Prepositioning Force Program. In 2006, he reported to the 3rd Supply Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Groups, Okinawa, Japan where he served as Commanding Officer of the 3rd Medical Logistics Company and as Senior Medical Logistics Planner for the III Marine Expeditionary Force. In 2010, Tizon reported to Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, MD as the Director for Administration. In 2013, he reported for duty as the Regional Logistician and Interim Deputy Chief of Staff M4, Installations and Logistics Directorate, Navy Medicine East. In 2016, he reported to U.S. Naval Hospital Naples, Italy where he served as Director for Administration.  He was promoted to the rank of Captain on September 1, 2018.

Captain Tizon reported to Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms, CA in June 2019, where he served as the Executive Officer.  On June 25, 2021, he assumed command of Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command/Naval Health Clinic Lemoore.

Captain Tizon holds a Master of Science in Management from Troy University, a Master of Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Healthcare Executives of Southern California.

His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (6), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Fleet Marine Force Officer Qualification, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Device, and several service and unit awards.
EXECUTIVE OFFICER
CAPTAIN Afshin Afarin

Medical Corps
United States Navy

A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Captain Afarin graduated magna cum laude from Hope College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry/Chemistry. Subsequently, he attended Indiana University School of Medicine under the Health Professions Scholarship. In summer of 2003 he reported to his first duty station with the Marines at Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan as the General Medical Officer for 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Force Service Support Group. Follow on tour was to Bangor, Washington in support of the submarine community.

During his time at Bangor, Washington, he deployed with the Army as an individual augmentee from 2005-2006 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Farah, Afghanistan simultaneously serving as a Medical Officer and S1 officer. He helped coordinate medical care for his teammates, coalition team, Afghan national forces, and civilians in an austere environment while forging relationships with Afghan clinics and hospitals as a medical asset for the Provincial Reconstruction Team. He was recognized by his command for his humanitarian efforts having paved the way for first class health care for severely burned Afghan children.

Dr. Afarin commenced radiology residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) in 2008 and was selected by his peers and staff to become co-chief resident during his senior year. He successfully became board certified by The American Board of Radiology in 2012. CAPT Afarin would stay on at NMCP as Staff and served as Assistant Ultrasound Department Head. As a mentor, teacher, and researcher he was granted Assistant Professor of Radiology/Radiological Sciences at USUHS.

In 2013, CAPT Afarin arrived at Naval Hospital Bremerton focused on patient safety with radiation dose reduction and implementing the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force low dose CT lung cancer screening protocol. Various memberships within the Medical Executive Committee (MEC) including Vice Chair of MEC gave him critical perspective of the hospital’s health care operations prior to being promoted to interim Chief Medical Officer (CMO).

As Radiology department head and interim CMO, he navigated the department and command through the adoption and implementation of the new electronic health record, MHS GENESIS (MHSG) as an initial operating capability (IOC) site effectively collaborating with other IOC sites CMOs and mitigating potential patient safety issues in real time. His follow-on accession to Director of Clinical Support Services laid the foundational blueprint for Tri-services radiologic coverage in MHSG and successful command Tri-annual Joint Commission Survey.

He reported to Naval Health Clinic Annapolis as the command’s Chief Medical Officer in 2019. His keen focus on people, processes, and patient safety were key during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mobilized, coordinated, and executed innumerable mass COIVD-19 testing evolutions for the Brigade of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy, and implemented risk mitigation strategies to meet beneficiary medical needs. As Chief Medical Informatics Officer, the foundational work and formation of the informatics steering team led to the successful pre-deployment planning and execution of MHSG.

Captain Afarin’s military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Fleet Marine Force Ribbon, and various service awards.
COMMAND MASTER CHIEF
CHRISTINA WOOD

HMCM (FMF)
United States Navy

HMCM (FMF) Christina Wood, a native of Wasco, California, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October 1994, and completed Recruit Training and Hospital Corpsman “A” School in Great Lakes, Illinois. Her first duty station was Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida. Next, she reported to Field Medical Service School, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. After completion of FMSS, she reported to 2nd Force Service Support Group Camp Lejeune, N.C., where she served with 2nd Medical Battalion, Charlie Company. She had successful tours at Naval Hospital Lemoore, Calif. and Branch Health Clinic Atsugi, Japan. In November 2005, HM1 Wood was selected as Individual Augmentee for an Embedded Training Team headed to Afghanistan.

In August 2007, HM1 Wood was selected to Chief Petty Officer, and completed induction and pinned her anchors on September 21, 2007.  HMC Wood reported to Naval Hospital Lemoore, Calif., where she was assigned as the Directorate for Administration Senior Enlisted Leader. In June 2011, she attended the Senior Enlisted Academy en route to 3rd Marine Logistics Group, 3rd Medical Battalion, Okinawa, Japan. She was selected to Senior Chief while attached to 3rd Medical Battalion.

She reported to Naval Medical Center San Diego, where she was assigned to Directorate for Administration, Operations Management Department and then as the Department of Nursing Service Senior Enlisted Leader.  In May 2017, she reported to 1st Marine Logistics Group, 1st Medical Battalion, Camp Pendleton, Calif., where she served as Headquarters & Service Company Senior Enlisted Leader.

In May 2018, she was selected for Master Chief and frocked in a ceremony held on Camp Pendleton, Calif. She assumed duty as Command Master Chief, 1st Medical Battalion, on September 24, 2018.

In January 2020, she reported to Naval Health Clinic Lemoore and assumed the duties of Directorate for Health Services, Senior Enlisted Leader.  Currently she is serving as the Command Master Chief of Naval Health Clinic/Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Lemoore.

She holds a Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration from Trident University International (Cum Laude), a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services Management and an Associate’s Degree in Allied Health Sciences from the University of Phoenix.  She is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 160.

Her personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Commendation Medal (five), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two) and Good Conduct Medal (eight).  She has also earned campaign awards from various tours and deployments.
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