HMC USN(RET) Karl E. Van Leeuwen
Chief Hospital Corpsman Van Leeuwen grew up in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. He graduated from Northwestern Senior High in 1972 and entered the Navy shortly after. Upon completion of recruit training in Great Lakes, IL. he reported to schools command in San Diego, CA. for basic Hospital Corpsman training.
Follow on assignments have included Naval Hospital Bethesda, Naval Air Facility Washington D.C., Naval Aerospace Medical School Pensacola FL, where he received training as an Aerospace Medical Technician (8406) with subsequent assignment to Attack Squadron 203 (VA203) at Naval Air Station Cecil Field Fl. After promotion to Chief Petty Officer, "Chief" reported to the Commanding Officer, Naval Reserve Personnel Command (NRPC), New Orleans as a rating assignment specialist.
Chief completed his Naval career within additional assignments with the Fourth Marines and training in North Carolina as a Fleet Marine Corpsman (8404) and a final assignment returning him to NRPC and New Orleans where he and his wife Tracy decided to retire.
And Now For The Present:
Throughout my Naval Service, I enjoyed teaching personnel in all aspects of their jobs as well as life. I began teaching here at Pearl River in 2000 and have enjoyed, what I hope is a long and meaningful, second career. My goal has and remains to be to instill the following in my students. HONOR, COURAGE, COMMITMENT, DEDICATION TO SELF AND COMMUNITY, and last but certainly not least INTEGRITY in all they do. As member of the JROTC team I have had the opportunity to meet many promising young men and women that will, I hope, go onto great things.
As we in the team do our best, I am constantly reminded of one thing stated to me by Mr. Mike Winkler, Principal and that is "Chief provide an experience to these kids that they would not normally receive and you have done your job." and this is what I strive to do each and every day. Keep up the good work and realize your dreams.
Naval Science Instructor