I grew up in Los Angeles
studying martial arts since
the age of 5, so a lot of discipline
and structure was instilled in me.
A lot of people whom I trained
with were in some part of the military, so it was always something
that made me be curious.
I originally joined the Navy in
2000 to become a SEAL. I’ve always
been very active and that was something that kind of caught my eye.
Everybody dreams of that when
they’re coming in — they like that
kind of stuff — but things change.
I was going to have a family, so I
decided to be a hospital corpsman. I
came in as an undesignated fireman.
I finished No. 1 in my apprentice
school and they offered me a “C”
School. I chose corpsman because
both my mom and dad were registered nurses and the medical [pro-fession] has always been something
that’s been in my family. I wanted to
do something that I knew would
help people, as well as to have something to fall back on when my time
in the military is over.
After Hospital Corpsman School,
my first duty station was at the oncology ward at Naval Medical Center
San Diego. Following that, I went to
Search and Rescue (SAR) School in
Pensacola, Fla., and then was assigned to Pensacola SAR Unit. While
there, I qualified for a Florida paramedic license.
I then attended Navy Dive School,
but blew out my knee. I ended up
back in San Diego to get surgery and
afterward was assigned to Marine
Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego
working with recruits. I attended
Preventative Medicine Technician
School and was able to complete a
bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences
from Trident University.
From 2010 to 2011, I deployed to
Afghanistan with the 3rd Marine
Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air
Station Miramar, Calif. I was utilized
as a CasEvac [casualty evacuation]
corpsman because of my background as an SAR corpsman. I would
fly in helicopters and treat the sick
and wounded until we could get
them to a hospital. Knowing that
you could keep someone alive, that
is personal. You are just happy that
you did your part.
At Naval Environmental and
Preventative Medicine Unit Five
(NEPMU 5), we help with prevent-
ing disease and with operational and
humanitarian assistance and guid-
ance. We are a small unit, specially
trained to go out and handle those
situations. I deployed on [the
amphibious assault ship] USS Peleliu
on the very first Pacific Partnership
deployment for humanitarian assis-
tance missions and disaster relief.
The corpsman rating is the largest
in the Navy, so advancement is hard.
When you pick up rank, there is
more responsibility, and when there
is more responsibility, there are more
people you have to take care of. That
has always been challenging because
it is scary knowing you’re actually
taking care of someone’s career. That
is probably the best experience I’m
getting, knowing that I can help
If you surround yourself by positive people, good people, pretty
much everything will fall in place
from there. Just being genuine, having a good heart, and, as a leader, taking care of people, things will basically turn out for the best in the end.
I thank NEPMU 5 for all of the
opportunities it’s given me, starting
all the way from my chain of command to the guys that I work with
because, without them, nothing is
possible. They do great things and
I want them to be recognized.
Medical is an asset that has
always been needed. You are constantly helping people or helping
to educate people. I really love
being a corpsman. For me, it
is the best job in the Navy.
WWW.SEAPOWERMAGAZINE.ORG SEAPOWER / FEBRUARY 2014
Jason J. Eusebio
HOSPITAL CORPSMAN 1ST CLASS
LEADING PETTY OFFICER, OPERATIONAL SUPPORT DEPARTMENT
NAVAL ENVIRONMENTAL AND PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE UNIT FIVE, SAN DIEGO