About Us

Command Leadership

CAPT Kim P. Shaughnessy-Granger
Nurse Corps, United States Navy

Captain Kim Shaughnessy-Granger was born and raised in Hanover, Massachusetts, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Villanova University in 1997. She was commissioned in 1997 through Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps.

Captain Shaughnessy-Granger began her career at Naval Medical Center San Diego, as a staff nurse in the Cardiac and Intensive Care Units. In November 1999, she transferred to Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, and served as a Labor and Delivery Staff Nurse and Charge Nurse, Mother Baby/Level II Nursery Division Officer, and Business Manager for Women’s Health & Maternal Infant Services. In 2003, she selected for Navy Duty Under Instruction (DUINS) and attended Georgetown University, where she earned a Master of Science as a Certified Nurse Midwife, and was inducted into the nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau.

Upon graduation, Captain Shaughnessy-Granger was assigned to Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton for her first tour as a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). In August 2007, she transferred to US Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan, and served as Department Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN), and as the first Nurse Corps Officer to be appointed as both Assistant Director and Director of Surgical Services. In August 2010, she transferred to US Naval Hospital Okinawa as Assistant Department Head for OB/GYN. While in Okinawa, she coordinated the local response for pregnant women and families evacuated from Yokosuka during Operation Tomodachi following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. She also deployed with the Marine Corps 3rd Medical Battalion in support of the Cambodia Interoperability Program 2011, providing outreach clinical care and education to rural communities, and training in obstetric and neonatal emergencies to 50 Cambodian military physicians, midwives, and nurses.

In 2012 she returned to the National Capital Region and was assigned as Chief of Midwifery Services at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda. In August 2014 she transferred to Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, having been competitively selected as the first Nurse Corps officer to be appointed as Department Head for Obstetrics and Gynecology. In August 2017, she reported to the Office of Women’s Health at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), then went on to serve as the Director of Secondary and Specialty Care, Deputy Assistant Deputy Chief for Healthcare Operations, Assistant Deputy Chief for Medical Operations, senior advisor to the Navy Surgeon General supporting Military Health System (MHS) Governance and reform, and as Navy Medicine Liaison to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. Among her accomplishments during this time, she spearheaded development of the Surgeon General’s first Female Force Readiness Strategy, helped design and shape the future of the Military Health System, and laid the foundation for organizational restructuring of BUMED to better align with Fleet requirements. Most recently, she served as Executive Officer of Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Quantico, Virginia. She assumed Command of Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command and Naval Health Clinic Annapolis in July 2023.

Her military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Navy Expert Pistol and Rifle Medals, and various service and campaign awards. She earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Villanova University in 2017, was selected as a 2017 Tillman Scholar by the Pat Tillman Foundation, and in 2019 received the prestigious MHS Award for Nursing Leadership Excellence. She is board certified as both a Nurse Midwife and Healthcare Executive, is a Fellow of the American College of Nurse Midwives and the American College of Healthcare Executives, and in 2021 was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing.
CAPT Frank O. Axelsen
Medical Corps, United States Navy
Captain Axelsen entered the Navy as an E-1 in 1990. In 1995, he entered the Enlisted Education Advancement Program and attended Old Dominion University, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1997. He was commissioned to the rank of Ensign and matriculated into medical school at the Uniformed Service University of the Health Science, graduating in 2001. He completed his internship and residency training in Family Medicine at Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville, FL.

CAPT Axelsen served as the Senior Medical Officer (SMO) at Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Pascagoula, MS from July 2004 through June 2006.  He then completed a Fellowship in Sports Medicine at NH Camp Pendleton. After his fellowship he served in a variety of leadership roles to include SMO and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island.  CAPT Axelsen also completed tours as Battalion Surgeon, 2D Marine Special Operations Battalion, United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC), and as Surgeon, Special Operations Task Force-West, Afghanistan. Upon his return in March 2011, he was assigned to serve as Surgeon, Marine Special Operations School.

Following his time with the Marines, he served as Family Physician and Vice Chair, Executive Committee of the Medical/Dental Staff (Navy Reserves), Navy Medical Education and Training Command, Jacksonville, FL.  In January 2014, CAPT Axelsen assumed the position of SMO and Medical Department Head of USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) in Sasebo, Japan and was the acting Surgeon, Commander Amphibious Task Force, 7th Fleet.  From 2017 to 2018, he served as SMO at NBHC Bahrain, then transferred to Navy Medicine Readiness & Training Command (NMRTC) Jacksonville serving as Operational Forces Medical Liaison Officer; he subsequently deployed to Dallas County, TX in support of a 250-bed COVID-19 facility. CAPT Axelsen was assigned from July 2020 to July 2022 as Chief Medical Officer, Naval Health Clinic/NMRTC, Patuxent River, Maryland. During his tour, he completed a 9-month deployment to Joint Task Force, Joint Medical Group, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism.

CAPT Axelsen served as the Director, N3, Operations, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery from July 2022 to Aug 2023, and assumed his current role as Executive Officer NMRTC Annapolis/Deputy Director NHC Annapolis September 2023
Captain Axelsen’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (seven awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and Good Conduct Medal (two awards).  He has earned his Fleet Marine Force Warfare Officer and Surface Warfare Medical Officer Qualifications.
Owen T. Hondorf
HMCM, Command Master Chief

Hospital Corspman Master Chief Owen T. Hondorf, a native of Rochester, New York, enlisted in the United States Navy on July 7, 2003. Upon completion of boot camp from RTC Great Lakes, IL, Master Chief Hondorf attended Electronics Technician (ET) Nuclear Field "A" School and Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, Charleston, SC. Upon completion of "A" School, he was advanced to Third Class Petty Officer, and served in the command's transitional personnel section awaiting class up to Nuclear Power School for two and a half years before being force-converted into the Hospital Corpsman pipeline.

Master Chief Hondorf reported to Naval School Health Sciences, Great Lakes, IL, for Hospital Corpsman "A" School in the summer of 2006. Upon graduation in November, 2006, he was selected to attend Biomedical Equipment Repair Technician "C" School at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, TX. After serving  PSI duty at Naval Hospital Charleston, Master Chief Hondorf reported to "C" School in March 2007. During his "C" School coursework, he was frocked to Second Class Petty Officer.

After completion of "C" School, Master Chief Hondorf reported aboard USS IWO JIMA as an independent BMET afloat. During this tour he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, surged in support of Continuing Promise 2010 and Presidential visit to Ghana, earned Enlisted Surface and Aviation Warfare Specialist Designation, and advanced to First Class Petty Officer.

Master Chief Hondorf was then assigned to Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, serving as Leading Petty Officer for Medical Equipment Maintenance Branch and part of a "Plank Owner" crew that opened the first joint hospital in military medicine. During this tour, Master Chief Hondorf deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a member of Expeditionary Medical Facility Camp Lemonier Djibouti, Africa, earning the designation in Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare. He returned to Fort Belvoir for the remainder of his tour and was selected for Chief Petty Officer.

Upon completion of a very successful and rewarding tour, Master Chief Hondorf transferred to US Naval Hospital Sigonella in Sicily, Italy. There he served as the Directorate for Administration Senior Enlisted Leader. His tour in Signella offered diverse professional opportunities for growth and development, as well as unique and immersive cultural experiences. Additionally, he completed requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Electronics. During this tour, he was selected to Senior Chief Petty Officer and graduated from the US Navy Senior Enlisted Academy.

Master Chief Hondorf was then detailed to Commander Naval Surfaces Forces Pacific and served as the Pacific Fleet BMET. In this role, he supported three separate Type Commanders by training, equipping, and inspecting afloat medical departments for operational commitments throughout the Pacific Fleet area of responsibility.

Finally, Master Chief Hondorf was assigned to Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command in Annapolis serving as the Directorate for Administration Senior Enlisted Leader and Senior Enlisted Leader for Bancroft Hall Medical/Dental before being selected Master Chief Petty Officer.

Master Chief Hondorf assumed the position of Command Master Chief, NMRTC Annapolis in August of 2021. His personal awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal (one award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal (four awards). He is married going on 19 years and has two children ages 12 and 10.



Surgeon General's Priorities



Our military and civilian workforce is our greatest strength.
  • We enhance performance by improving training and skills sustainment
  • We capitalize on talent and shape our force accordingly.
  • We ensure our force maintains the highest standards of performance and behavior. Mutual respect is our baseline and excellence is our habit.


Our equipment and capability sets required by our warfighters
  • We focus on modernizing and maintaining our equipment sets, increasing speed, flexibility, and interoperability while reducing fielding time and increasing survivability.
  • We train to our new and emerging platforms, ever increasing our operational acumen, providing the capabilities necessary to support the warfighter.
  • We deploy cohesive teams, on optimized platforms, supporting all phases of operations and operating across the range of military operations at the speed of our warfighters


Our performance is measured by our support to our warfighters
  • We ensure our personnel meet and exceed military medical knowledge, skill, and ability standards
  • We leverage high reliability principles, appreciative inquiry, artificial intelligence, and partnerships at all levels across our organization
  • We use data driven decisions to optimize a medically ready force and prepare a ready medical force.


Medical power projections will increase survivability
  • We integrate elements of the Navy Medicine enterprise to increase power. Every action and investment we take will contribute to our core mission of producing force medical readiness and medical force readiness.
  • We leverage our world-class research enterprise to stay on the cutting edge of medical knowledge, rapidly developing solutions for the warfighter.
Maintain a ready medical force, optimize the heath of those entrusted to our care, and support the Brigade of Midshipmen.
To be the premier choice for patients and staff, promoting excellence in readiness, health and partnerships.
Readiness Ensure the medical capabilities of our operational units and platforms are ready. Health Provide the best care our nation can offer to Sailors, Marines, and their families to keep them healthy, ready and on the job. Partnership Expand and strengthen our partnerships to maximize readiness and health. Communication Enhance our communication scheme as a strategic enabler for patients and staff members.
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