MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --
Marines don’t often think about the care that goes into their medical services. However, when they get sick or injured, Navy “docs” are always there to patch them up.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Christina Koch, a hospital corpsman with Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point, said the highlight of her job is working with and helping Marines.
“I joined the Navy so I didn’t have to ‘go camping’ with the Marines,” said Koch, a native of Winston-Salem, N.C. “Now that I’ve spent all this time with them, I’d much rather go with them than go be on a ship somewhere.”
Koch and other corpsmen work to support training like the rifle range and the obstacle course, and work alongside 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing and Cherry Point squadrons to maintain unit readiness.
“My time working with the Marine Corps has been fun,” said Koch. “Hospital shifts aren't my favorite, but you can't beat the camaraderie and unit cohesion you find with Marines.”