Green Bay Native Nikolas Lamal Providing Medical Readiness From Navy’s Largest Master Jet Base

Posted on 6-22-2023

By Rick Burke, Navy Office of Community Outreach 

LEMOORE, Calif. – Lt. j.g. Nikolas Lamal, a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, provides beneficiary care and expeditionary medical readiness while serving with Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Lemoore at Naval Health Clinic Lemoore.

Lamal, who joined the Navy 14 years ago, served for 13 years in the enlisted ranks as a hospital corpsman and earned the rank of chief petty officer. Today, Lamal serves as an environmental health officer.

“My grandfather served in the Navy during WWII and I wanted to carry on the family tradition,” said Lamal. “I was also looking for a reason to get out of my hometown and see the world.”

Growing up in Green Bay, Lamal attended Preble High School and graduated in 2008. Lamal later graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2021.

Skills and values similar to those found in Green Bay are important to succeed in the military.

“I learned that no one will ever give you anything,” said Lamal. “You got to put the work in to get it yourself.”

Naval Hospital Lemoore was originally commissioned in July 1968 as a 67-bed hospital by the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington, D.C. In May 2000, the current building was dedicated and in September 2017 it was redesignated as Naval Health Clinic Lemoore.

Naval Health Clinic Lemoore provides quality health care to more than 18,000 people at NAS Lemoore, California and NAS Fallon, Nevada to ensure the Navy and Marine warfighters are medically ready to fight today, tomorrow, and beyond. The command also provides dental care and medical administrative support to Navy, Marine Corps and international students at the Naval Postgraduate School, Defense Language Institute and the Center for Information Dominance in Monterey, California.

With 90 percent of global commerce traveling by sea and access to the internet relying on the security of undersea fiber optic cables, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity of the United States is directly linked to trained sailors and a strong Navy.

“Our mission remains timeless – to provide our fellow citizens with nothing less than the very best Navy: fully combat ready at all times, focused on warfighting excellence, and committed to superior leadership at every single level,” said Adm. Mike Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations. “This is our calling. And I cannot imagine a calling more worthy.”

As a member of the Navy, Lamal is part of a world-class organization focused on maintaining maritime dominance, strengthening partnerships, increasing competitive warfighting capabilities and sustaining combat-ready forces in support of the National Defense Strategy.

“The Navy secures passageways and means of trade across the world, and ensures our way of life,” said Lamal.

Lamal has many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during military service:

“I’m most proud of having the opportunity to mentor junior sailors and take them under my wing,” said Lamal. “Then to hear from them years later, showing their appreciation to me in helping them be successful in their career and personal goals.”

As Lamal and other sailors continue to train and perform missions, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.

“Being in the Navy means having the opportunity to serve the population and having the ability to assume the call that others will not be able to,” said Lamal. “I would like to thank my mentors, Master Chief Way and Senior Chief Lovvorn. They took me under their wing and showed me the correct path to be successful.”

Photo Credit: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Vanessa White