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Captain David Krulak
Commanding Officer
U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan


Captain Krulak was commissioned in the Navy from the NROTC program at Rice University in 1989. After finishing the Nuclear Power pipeline, his initial fleet tour was on the USS Tennessee SSBN 734 (Gold) in King’s Bay, GA. He completed this tour as the Tactical Systems department head – responsible for the Sonar, Fire Control and Torpedo Divisions.

He was then re-commissioned into the Medical Corps and matriculated at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. After graduation, he achieved designation as a Naval Flight Surgeon and was assigned to the “Black Sheep” of VMA-214 in Yuma, AZ where he deployed to Japan in support of the 31st MEU. He completed this tour as interim MAG-13 surgeon.

His next operational assignment was as group surgeon for the Marine Special Operations Support Group in Camp Lejeune, NC. As a plank owner at the Marine Special Operations Command, he created medical infrastructure and directed the multi-disciplinary clinic to sustain 2500 Marines. While attached, he supported a special operations mission for GWOT – Trans-Sahel in central Africa.

He subsequently reported to the USS John C Stennis (CVN 74) as the senior medical officer and Health Services department head. He completed a deployment in that billet, responsible for the operations of the combined Medical and Dental Divisions, a 52-bed inpatient ward, and a three bed ICU.

Upon completion of the CVN tour, he was assigned to Naval Hospital Pensacola and simultaneously served as the director of Branch Health Clinics and director of Public Health, responsible for 750 personnel in ten Naval Branch Health Clinics across five separate states. He subsequently was selected to be the hospital interim executive officer for four consecutive months.

During this tour, he was competitively slated to serve as the deputy commander, Joint Medical Group, JTF-GTMO. Deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, he was responsible for the safe, humane, legal, and transparent medical, dental, and mental health care of both law of war detainees and Joint Task Force Troopers.

He subsequently was assigned as command surgeon, U.S. Marine Forces Pacific, responsible for the care of 89,000 Marines in the largest operational command in the USMC. He synchronously pursued medical diplomacy and global health engagement in support of PACOM theater security cooperation, while providing medical oversight of 3,200 medical professionals in the Asia-Pacific.

Prior to assuming the role of commanding officer, U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, he served as the executive officer of U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, the largest U.S. military treatment facility on mainland Japan. In this command and its five Naval Health Branch Clinics he was responsible for providing medical care and readiness for 42,000 Forward Deployed Naval Forces and their families in three countries, across 6,000 miles.

CAPT Krulak is a graduate of the Navy’s Aerospace Medicine residency in Pensacola, FL and Family Medicine residency in Camp Lejeune, NC. He holds a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma State University.

His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (5 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. His qualifications include Gold Submarine Dolphins, Naval Flight Surgeon Wings, Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer Pin, Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer Pin, Basic Parachutist Wings, Strategic Deterrent Patrol Pin (5 awards), and Silver Submarine Dolphins.
Captain Thomas Hines
Executive Officer
U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan


Captain Hines was raised in Raleigh, NC and graduated from Duke University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Sciences and Policy and a minor in Chemistry. He received a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After two years of private practice, Captain Hines received a direct commission into the Dental Corps, United States Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant in February 2002. He completed his Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD in 2010. He is an honor graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School Executive Master of Business Administration program and received a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy with a Health Strategy Concentration from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.

His operational assignments include Department Head tours on the USS PELELIU LHA 5 from 2004 to 2006 and the USS NIMITZ CVN 68 from 2016-2019 encompassing two WESTPAC deployments. His ashore assignments include Naval Dental Center Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, and Naval Hospital Beaufort in Beaufort, SC where he served as Director for Surgical Services.

Captain Hines is a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business International Honor Society. He holds active licenses in North Carolina and South Carolina and maintains hospital privileges at U. S. Naval Hospital Okinawa.

Captain Hines is a graduate of Marine Corps University Amphibious Warfare School DEP Phase I, Marine Corps University Expeditionary Warfare School DEP Phase II, and Marine Corps University Command and Staff College. His operational qualifications include the Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer Pin, Officer of the Deck Underway (USS PELELIU LHA 5; USS NIMITZ CVN 68), Non-Nuclear Engineering Officer of the Watch (EOOW), and Helicopter Control Officer (HCO).

His military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Battle “E” Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and Sea Service Ribbon.

Captain Hines resides with his wife, Tracey, and two sons, Thomas (14) and Braxton (12). In his free time his hobbies include spending time with his family, sports, and travel. Captain Hines celebrated his 15th wedding anniversary with his wife in January 2020.
Photo of CMDCM Earl JohnsonCMDCM (SW/AW) Earl Johnson
Command Master Chief
U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan

Master Chief Johnson enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in May 1994 at the Tampa MEPS, and attended Boot Camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. His assignments include Marine Corps Security Guard, Marine Corps Security Force Company, Keflavik, Iceland; and Mortarman, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, weapons platoon, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In 2000, he joined the Navy and served as an Electrician’s Mate aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, and Gas Turbine System Technician aboard the destroyer USS Stump, both homeported in Norfolk, Virginia; Gas Turbine System Technician (Electrical) Leading Petty Officer, Assault Craft Unit Four, Little Creek, Virginia; Recruit Division Commander, Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois; Gas Turbine System Technician (Electrical) Leading Chief Petty Officer aboard the destroyer USS Fitzgerald, Yokosuka, Japan; Gas Turbine System Technician (Electrical) Leading Chief Petty Officer aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea, homeported in Mayport, Florida; and Canvass Recruiter, Navy Recruiting District New England, Boston, Massachusetts. In March 2016, he was selected into the Command Master Chief Program and reported to Military Entrance Processing Station, Memphis, Tennessee as the Senior Enlisted Advisor. Before assuming the position of Command Master Chief at U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, he served as Command Master Chief aboard the USS ROSS (DDG 71).

Command Master Chief Johnson’s professional military education includes Navy Senior Enlisted Academy and the Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Leadership Course. He earned an Associate in Science in Marine Engineering from Coastline Community College, Fountain Valley, California.

His military awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal, and various unit and service medals and ribbons.
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