Alumni in the Military / Fleet Week

Today, I have some news and pictures that were shared with me by our Alumni Association. It is always great to learn more about the paths that our graduates are taking in their careers. We are so proud of the service of our alumni and the impact they are making in their communities.

In September, Naval Dental Officers of the 1st Dental Battalion/Naval Dental Center Camp Pendleton and alumni of the Dugoni School posed for a picture to celebrate Dr. Jerome Ragadio's promotion to Captain. Here are some of our alumni (pictured left to right):  LT Adam Gluskin (Class of 2017), CDR Sherry Caraveo (Class of 2004), CAPT Jerome Ragadio (Class of 2003), LT Michael Lawrence (Class of 2016), LCDR Eric Frederiksen (Class of 2011). Not pictured is LCDR Michael DeFazio (Class of 2013).

One month later, Sherry Caraveo was also promoted to Captain. Here is a picture of her with CAPT Jerome Ragadio.

CAPT Caraveo currently serves as the Executive Officer and CAPT Ragadio serves as the Director for Dental Services. The 1st Dental Battalion/Naval Dental Center Camp Pendleton is composed of 10 dental clinics on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and five others throughout Southern California and Arizona. It services over 50,000 Marines and Sailors.

In his message sent to the Alumni Association, CAPT Ragadio remarked that Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni's and the Dugoni School's model of humanistic leadership, service, inspiration, and excellence spreads and thrives in the military setting. What a wonderful testimonial about the impact of Dr. Dugoni and the impact that each of you make on the lives of our graduates and the people who they serve in their communities and in this case the individuals they serve in our military.

This news reminds me that Fleet Week in San Francisco is just about to start. It has always been a well-attended experience for the community, however this year the events have gone virtual due to the pandemic. You can experience the virtual events on the San Francisco Fleet Week website between October 9 to 11. To learn more, visit the Fleet Week website here.

To stay with the theme of the message today, I will end with a quote from General Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. Army.

''The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.''

Be well, and thank you for continuing to do the right things every day.