BETHESDA, Md. — Lima native, Navy Capt. Dr. Sean M. Hussey was recently appointed the Brigade Commander of Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland.
Hussey became USU’s top military leader during the June 19 ceremony.
Prior to the appointment, Hussey served as the surgeon for the First Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Pendleton, California.
Hussey is a 1989 graduate of Bath High School. He went on to do his undergraduate work at Miami University of Ohio and received his medical school training at Ohio State University in Columbus.
He signed up for Naval service in 1993 while still at Miami University.
Hussey has fond memories of growing up in Lima. He was active on the Bath High School basketball and tennis teams. The foundation he received here helped him later in life.
“It provided a pretty big part of who I am today. Looking back on it now, I can say folks in Lima were extremely hard working. They were very humble. They basically took everyone at face value and respected everybody. When I was growing up, I didn’t really realize that. I obviously didn’t know anything else. So I thought that was the norm, and to some extent it is, but as I traveled around the country and around the world as an adult, I’ve come to realize and appreciate exactly how special that is and what the folks of Lima did for my foundation to succeed,” said Hussey.
He’s been deployed with the Marines to Kuwait and Iraq, but he didn’t see a lot of action, as things were dying down then militarily.
“I was also in Haiti in 2010 after the earthquake. That was actually probably more of a combat zone than where I was in Iraq, to be quite honest with you. That was another experience that, while no one was shooting at us, the level of human misery was probably much worse,” he said.
His role as Brigade Commander at Uniformed Services University is something he’s still trying to figure out.
“I just got here a month ago. The way it’s set up in the structure here, there’s a civilian president and there are civilian deans who control the curriculum of the medical school and the nursing school. All of the students and some of the faculty are active duty military, and so they basically need a military command structure, and that’s where I come in. I’m the commanding officer. I’m in charge of all of the administrative issues that come up with our brigade members, pay and leave and awards and recognizing folks for jobs well done and then doing the opposite, which is, perhaps, doing judicial punishments of those who screw up, so it’s all of that sort of senior-level CEO type activities,” he said.
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