New commander takes charge of Yokosuka’s base hospital
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — With bells and whistles, wise words from Yogi Berra, music from the 7th Fleet Band, and relatives visiting all the way from Cincinnati, Yokosuka’s base hospital changed commanders Friday.
Capt. Adam Robinson, who has been selected for rear admiral, turned over the reins of the largest military hospital on Japan’s mainland to Capt. Charles Taylor in front of a full house at the Fleet Theater.
Robinson, a surgeon who was known as an innovator during his two-plus years at the hospital, with its $33 million budget and 950 or so personnel, is going to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington.
Taylor is the first Navy Nurse Corps officer to lead Yokosuka’s base hospital, which has been in existence since 1950. He most recently served as hospital executive officer.
Taylor joined the Navy in 1967 and served as a hospital corpsman. A decade later, after earning a nursing diploma, he became a commissioned officer.
He has served in naval hospitals in Rhode Island, South Carolina, Washington, Naples, Italy and Iceland.
The ceremony included wise words from Yogi Berra — quoted by Rear Adm. Frederic Ruehe, commander of U.S. Naval Forces, Japan.
“You can see a lot by observing,” Ruehe said, in reference to the excellent work done by Robinson.
Ruehe read a letter written to him by a man whose nose started bleeding profusely on a flight to Japan from Malaysia.
Luckily for him, Robinson was on board and soon had the bleeding under control.
Then, the letter said, “He checked on me all the way to Narita.”