Captain Gail Hathaway is a native of Minnesota and 1985 graduate of the University of Minnesota. She holds three sub-specialties in the Medical Service Corps: Industrial Hygiene, Aerospace Physiology, and Plans Operations and Medical Intelligence (POMI) and is joint-duty qualified.
Her career as a Medical Service Corps officer began on initial assignment as an Industrial Hygiene Officer at NAS North Island. In 1988, she was selected for aviation training and reported to Pensacola, Fla., for re-designation as a pilot under instruction. A year later, she began initial training as a Naval Aerospace Physiologist and received her Aerospace Physiology “Wings of Gold” in July 1989. She assumed Department Head duties at Aviation Physiology Training Unit, NAS Pensacola, Fla.
In 1991, Captain Hathaway reported for a cross-service tour with the US Air Force at the 55th Medical Group at Offutt AFB, Neb., and was selected for joint duty a year later at the newly-designated United States Strategic Command as the first Deputy Command Surgeon and Director of Human Factors. She reported in April 1996 to Marine Aircraft Group 31 in Beaufort, SC as Aeromedical Safety Officer and deployed onboard USS George Washington (CVN-73) to Operation Southern Watch with Marine Fighter-Attack Squadron 251 (VMFA-251).Her staff positions include Detailer for Medical Service Corps Operational Specialties and Physician Assistants and Executive Assistant to the Assistant Chief, BUMED, for Operational Medicine and Fleet Support (MED-02). She also served as the Surgeon General’s Specialty Leader for Aerospace Physiology, Navy Program Manager for the Naval Aerospace Physiology Program and the Chief of Naval Operation’s Training Agent for Naval Aviation Survival Training (OPNAV N789).Captain Hathaway’s Executive and senior Operational Medicine assignments include Officer in Charge, Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit No. 6 (NEPMU-6), Pearl Harbor, HI, Deputy Fleet Surgeon and Joint Task Force-519 Surgeon, U. S. Pacific Fleet, and Navy Liaison to Joint Task Force Homeland Defense. She assumed Command of U. S. Naval Medical Research Unit Number Two (NAMRU-2) in 2010, following the Command’s urgent relocation from Jakarta, Indonesia to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
In 2012, Captain Hathaway was selected as the second Deputy Commandant and Chief of Staff (first from Navy) of the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. She assumed her current assignment as the inaugural Commander of NMETC in July 2012, upon the Command’s relocation from Jacksonville, Florida to San Antonio, Texas.Captain Hathaway holds a Masters degree in Industrial Safety and is a graduate of Naval Postgraduate School’s Aviation Safety School in Monterey, Calif. She is board certified in Aerospace Physiology.
Her personal decorations include the Legion of Merit with one gold star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and numerous campaign and unit awards.