Dr. Valentine completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Naval Medical Center San Diego in 2006 and reported to Naval Aerospace Medicine Institute in Pensacola, Fla., for training as a flight surgeon. While in Pensacola, she completed an inter-service transfer to the U.S. Navy and was commissioned as a Lieutenant. She received her Naval Flight Surgeon wings in January 2007.
In February 2007, Dr. Valentine reported as the Flight Surgeon to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466 (HMH-466) "Wolfpack" at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, Calif., and provided medical support to more than 250 Marines. While with the "Wolfpack," she completed a deployment to Al Asad, Iraq.
She joined the Blue Angels in September 2008. Her decorations include the Strike/Flight Air Medal and various personal and unit awards.
Interestingly, Dr. Valentine will be flying over to the HSC by helicopter, landing next door at the old OMCT parking lot.
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