Captain Herzig, a native of Houston, Texas, graduated from Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology in 1992 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In 2004, Captain Herzig graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Project Management from the George Washington University School of Business, and received his Project Management Professional certification in 2005. He completed Joint Professional Military Education I with the Naval War College seminar program in 2008. He holds professional level status in acquisitions, global health specialist, and as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Medical Specialist.
Captain Herzig was commissioned as a Lieutenant in 1996, and reported as a research physiologist to the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland . Other medical support assignments include: Assistant Professor in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Executive Officer at the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory; Director of Operational Readiness, then as the Director of Research and Development at the Naval Health Research Center; most recently, he served as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Medical Research Unit San Antonio, providing innovative, translational research to optimize Warfighter readiness and save lives. Captain Herzig’s staff tours include the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, helping establish Future Plans and Strategies (M5), and serving as the U.S. Navy representative to NATO for Biological Medical Advisory Council and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Medical Working Group; he served as the Deputy Force Surgeon and Chief Medical Planner for the Commander, Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet. His operational assignments include deployment for one year to Baghdad, Iraq, as the Chief Medical Planner for Multi-National Force-Iraq, coordinating health service support for coalition forces. In addition, he worked with the Health Attaché at the U.S. Embassy, aiding the Iraqi Ministry of Health in building healthcare capacity. Following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Captain Herzig was requested by name to support humanitarian relief operations aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19). Currently, Captain Herzig serves as the Commandant of the Medical Education & Training Campus, leading over 1200 faculty and staff in training 17,000 students per year in 48 allied health programs for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.
His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Gold Stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Joint Service Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, in addition to various campaign medals, unit and service awards.