First female takes command of Field Medical Training Battalion East at Camp Johnson


CAMP JOHNSON, N.C. (WNCT) – A change of command ceremony took place Friday at Camp Johnson in Jacksonville recognizing the first female to command the battalion.

The Commanding Officer of Field Medical Training Battalion East, Captain Richard Jehue passed the torch to Captain Jennifer Smith, who has the honor of calling herself the first female to command this battalion at Camp Johnson.

“I never thought of myself as special, I just do my job,” said Capt. Smith.

Captain Smith enlisted in the Navy in 1982 as a hospital corpsman and was commissioned in 1995 after receiving her Bachelors of Science, which she says helps her relate to her Marine and sailor students.

“Have them understand that I know where they’re coming from I’ve been in their shoes, I’ve walked those hills, I’ve done the PT,” said Capt. Smith.

She most recently served as the Executive Officer of the 3rd Medical Battalion in Okinawa, Japan.

Her family was in attendance at Friday’s ceremony, including her mother, husband and one of her grandchildren.

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