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NEWS | March 6, 2019

NBA Point Guard Dejounte Murray Tours the METC

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shayla D. Hamilton

Members of the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) and the Navy Medicine Training Support Center (NMTSC) at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston (JBSA-FSH) gave NBA player Dejounte Murray a hands-on demonstration of some of the training hospital corpsmen receive at the METC, Feb. 28. 

The point guard, who wears jersey number-five for the San Antonio Spurs, visited the campus’ Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) training lab where he watched a simulated version of a casualty situation. NMTSC Navy instructors taught Murray how to place a chest seal and tourniquet, which he practiced on a training manikin. 

Murray also visit the Shipboard Inpatient Nursing Lab where he and recent Hospital Corpsman Basic (HCB) program graduates provided care to a manikin ‘patient,’ administering CPR chest compressions.

The final stop on the tour was Smith Hall, where the Surgical Technician (ST) program is housed. Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jeremiah Hays, an ST program instructor, performed a simulated appendix-removal surgery on a manikin with Murray alongside after donning a surgical gown to observe the procedure.

The visit concluded with Murray observing NMTSC Sailors reciting the “Sailor’s Creed” and singing “Anchors Aweigh” before signing autographs and taking photos with those in attendance. 

Murray said it was fun getting the opportunity to see and participate in the training. He also said, he’s always open to learning what’s going on outside of the NBA, adding that it gives him a different perspective on life. 

“Everybody’s got a lot of hard work to do, and [being] here is just showing me it’s bigger than me,” Murray said. “I’m always open to learning these types of things, and it made me respect all the stuff they [service members] do around here even more.” 

 

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