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Farewell to Medical Group Commander, Col. Corinne Naughton

Col. Corinne Naughton, former commander, 45th Medical Group, shown
with her children, son Riley, 12 (left), and twins Brody and Delaney, 11,
commemorated her retirement Tuesday with a ceremony at The Tides.

Col. Corinne Naughton, former commander, 45th Medical Group, shown with her children, son Riley, 12 (left), and twins Brody and Delaney, 11, commemorated her retirement Tuesday with a ceremony at The Tides.

Patrick AFB, Fla. -- Col. Corinne O'Meara Naughton, former commander of the 45th Medical Group, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. retired Tuesday after almost 37 years of service to the United States of America. Col. Naughton has a broad background in both military and civilian hospitals, including emergency trauma centers.

She received her USAF commission in September 1974. After serving as a clinical nurse
at Sheppard AFB, she separated from the Air Force and continued civilian nursing. Since returning to active duty in 1991, Colonel Naughton served as flight commander and nurse manager in four areas, Senior Nurse Executive, and Chief Nurse. In 2001, she deployed in support of Operation Southern Watch to Eskan Village, Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia, as the 320th Medical Deputy Commander and Chief Nurse. Her previous commands include the 62nd Medical Operations Squadron and 96th Inpatient Operations Squadron.

As the commander of the 45th Medical Group, Col. Naughton was in charge of missions supporting Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., Cape, Canaveral Air Station, Fla., Human Space Flight liaison functions, 35 tenant launch/range partners and the Islands of Antigua and Ascension. The Medical Group team consists of 474 personnel who manage a $25 million budget executing quality patient centered care for 53,000 beneficiaries in Central
Florida. The medical group trains and equips medics to execute contingency requirements of the Air Force and Space Command while mitigating occupational and bioenvironmental risks. According to Col. Naughton, the future of the 45th Medical Group looks promising. "The new improvements on the hospital's facilities allow for better health care experience for patients and providers," she said. "The entire Medical Group team is what makes our success a reality and the new renovations allow them to do better at what they do best. The future looks bright."

To Col. Allison W. Bowden, the next commander of the 45th Medical Group, Col. Naughton leaves you with these words, "The personnel within the Medical Group and throughout our entire wing are hard working, loyal and overall amazing people. You are in good hands and I wish you the best."

Col. Naughton would like to thank her family and friends for making this a memorable experience and she leaves us with saying, "It has been an honor and pleasure to serve with you all."