Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Walters, an Azusa native and 2008 Upland High School graduate, is currently a hospital corpsman serving with U.S. Native Hospital Yokosuka (USNH Yokosuka), operating out of Yokosuka, Japan.
A Navy hospital corpsman is responsible for the prevention and treatment of disease and injury, assisting health care professionals in providing medical care to personnel, conducting preliminary physical examinations, performing medical administrative, supply, and accounting procedures, and maintaining treatment records and reports.
Walters is proud to serve in the Pacific while embracing fond memories of Azusa. “When I played sports back home, I learned that teamwork is invaluable,” he says. “I’ve brought my team working skills with me into the Navy and it’s made for an easier transition.”
USNH Yokosuka is the largest U.S. military treatment facility on mainland Japan: a 47-bed core hospital in Yokosuka, near Tokyo. It serves 42,000 beneficiaries throughout the Western Pacific, and it strives to be the premier provider of healthcare to active duty forces and their families in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
“We are the most prepared, highly trained and the most capable force in the Indo Pacific,” said Deputy Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Joey Dodgen. “Our carriers, amphibious assault ships, aircraft and most importantly, our people, are ready today to face regional challenges and lead our Navy’s forces in this theater, just as the officers and sailors of 7th Fleet have done for 75 years.”
“At a forward-deployed unit the pace and environment come with the job, but you need to do your job as you are called to do it,” said Walters. He was recently called to be the leading petty officer of the ambulatory procedure unit at his command. As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, he knows that he is part of a legacy that has served and will serve the country beyond his lifetime.
“Serving in the Navy is the best decision I’ve ever made for myself because it’s helped build me into a better person,” said Walters. “I love being stationed here because I’m in the beautiful country of Japan, giving me the chance to experience a different culture in this part of the world.”
Seventh Fleet, which is celebrating its 75th year in 2018, spans more than 124 million square kilometers, stretching from the International Date Line to the India/Pakistan border; and from the Kuril Islands in the North to the Antarctic in the South. Seventh Fleet’s area of operation encompasses 36 maritime countries and 50 percent of the world’s population with between 50-70 U.S. ships and submarines, 140 aircraft, and approximately 20,000 sailors in the 7th Fleet.
Go Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Walters! You’re making Azusa proud!