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Walk at Lunch Day

Held at HHS headquarters, the fourth National Walk at Lunch Day – co-sponsored by Federal Occupational Health and the BlueCross/BlueShield Association – demonstrated how easy it is to incorporate physical activity into the work day. National Walk@Lunch Day was sponsored nationwide in all 50 states and Puerto Rico in order to promote the benefits of walking.

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Haiti: Love-A-Child Orphanage

The Love A Child orphanage is a Christian humanitarian organization situated in Fond Parisien, near the Dominican border. This orphanage volunteered to transform part of their grounds into a relief station resembling a Field Medical Station (FMS). Here, a broad coalition of international government and non-government organizations worked to provide a medical care, including on-site surgical procedures, and convalescent care for patients discharged from the USNS Comfort. USPHS participation in this mission was not anticipated at the outset, but when several IRCT logistics officers learned of a need for physical and occupational therapists, LCDR Joe Christ and LT Carlos Estevez volunteered to provide patient care.

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Haiti: Field- Based Medical Care

The logistics team set up, supplied, and eventually decommissioned several medical sites around Port au Prince. Photos from these missions were used by the German News Agency ZDF to highlight this aspect of the relief effort. The facilities we serviced include, Gheskio, Termainl Vareux, Pétionville, and a morgue.

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Haiti: the Logistics

As the logistics team, our challenge was to receive medical supplies from ships and planes and distribute them to health clinics around Port au Prince. This seemingly straightforward task was complicated by the extensive damage to the seaport of the Baie de Port-au-Prince and warehouse facilities. The US Coast Guard and Department of Defense components successfully restored a level of functionality to the maritime facilities by repairing docks and implementing the use of amphibious landing craft to shuttle supplies inland from cargo ships.

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Haiti: The US Embassy

As the US Public Health Service logistics team, we enjoyed the relative comforts of the US embassy (known as the “Embassy Suites” by team members based out of more austere sites). We had a secure perimeter, a constant breeze to subdue malaria-carrying mosquitoes, a clean parking lot for our tent floor, showers, and air conditioning in the nearby buildings to temporarily relieve the blistering heat. However, these unexpected comforts were matched by the extraordinary physical exertion needed to organize, maintain, and deploy the incessant influx and efflux of supplies.

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Haiti: The Streets of Port au Prince

Our team spent significant time on the street of Port au Prince as we delivered supplies to sites throughout the city. This offered a unique experience of observing daily life after the earthquake. We were usually greeted with thankful reception, but reports of sporadic violence necessitated the use of armed escorts.

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Haiti: Mobilization

Haitians are no strangers to hard times. For centuries, these resolute people battled earthquakes, tsunamis, and viscous Caribbean storms. As recently as 2008, a serious of hurricanes and tropical storms claimed the lives of nearly 800 Haitians. These devastations, still fresh in mourning minds, were eclipsed by the February 2010 earthquake that proved to be one of the worst disasters in modern history.

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DC Commissioned Officer's Association Holiday Party

One of the best things about being a Commissioned Corps officer in the DC area is the social networking. No, not Facebook. Real faces. Real people. Real interactions. There is no substitute for opportunities to build relationships beyond voices on a teleconference call. Case in point: the holiday party for the DC Metropolitan area branch of the Commissioned Officer’s Association. Yeah, it was at a bowling alley, but it really was cool. Trust me. As an unintended bonus, we got to chip away at a symbol of modern isolationism.

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Catherine and Scott's Wedding (Sort of)

Okay, I know this looks like a wedding, it sounds like a wedding, it even smells like a wedding. But Catherine and Scott actually got married back in May. It turns out that love couldn’t wait through the months of wedding prep, so thy tied the knot in an informal ceremony, and had the full gala a few months later . Michele Drumm and I teamed up for this out-of towner.

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Joon and Younga's Wedding

When Joon, my bud from grad school, asked me to be his best man, I was hugely honored. I must admit, though, that I was hoping to be able to take some photos at his wedding. The best of both worlds converged when he asked me to shoot the Koren wedding (preceding the American one), as well as the gettin’ ready shots. Score.

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Portraits of Surgeon General RADM Steven Galson

LTJG David Schwab and I were invited to photograph Acting Surgeon General RADM Steven Galson to commemorate his service during his final days in office. We headed to HHS Headquarters, armed with an assortment of photography equipment. The shoot was scheduled to begin at 1:30pm so we planned to arrive early enough to setup our mobile studio. After winding our way through downtown DC from our Rockville office, we found our designated parking area and schlepped our not-so-portable equipment across the street to the Humphrey Building. Once our elaborate assortment of gear cleared security, we were able to head upstairs to the Surgeon General’s suite.

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Kim and Chris' engagement shoot

Kim, Chris and I met up in Old Town Alexandria for their engagement photo session. Congrats again guys! You two are awesome together, which made my job very easy, by the way ;) This part of Alexandria is really amazing. Every street feels thoroughly matured thought decades of history, love, and trials. A great place to kick off a marriage, if you ask me!

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Maternity Abstract

I admit it, I’m a procrastinator. I’ve had nine months to photograph my wife’s maternity portraits, but the cobbler’s family has gone barefoot again. Until now. I was NOT going to miss this. No matter that she was in labor, we were gonna get this thing done!

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Rain Portraits

A year ago Stephen decided to change his physique. And he did. 70 lbs later, he’s got a new body, a career managing one of the coolest gyms in Maryland, and a schedule rapidly filling with modeling gigs. When the gym asked for some before and after images for a collage of physique stories, he knew he wanted an image as dramatic as his transformation. Oh, and he needed it within 48 hours.

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