Recruiting and Accessions
Lieutenant Commander Koa J. Thomas
Nurse Corps, United States Navy
Lieutenant Commander Thomas is a graduate from Hampton University in Hampton, VA where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She was commissioned through the Navy Reserve Officers Training Program in May 2007.
In June 2007, she reported to National Naval Medical
Center Bethesda, MD. She held multiple positions as Staff Nurse/Charge Nurse, Inpatient Medical/Surgical ward; Hospital Falls Committee Chair and Staff Nurse, Emergency Department. In October 2009, she deployed as an Individual Augmentee to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit (MMU), Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She served as staff nurse on a Multi-Service Ward and Charge Nurse for the Urgent Care Tent providing life-saving support to Coalition Forces and Local Nationals. In September 2010, she reported to U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan. She served as a Charge Nurse, Emergency Room and Staff Nurse/Charge Nurse, Maternal/Infant Care Unit. She was accepted into the U.S. Navy Perioperative Program and attrition through the course at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Camp Pendleton, CA from September 2012 through November 2012. Upon completion, she reported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Bethesda, MD. At WRNMMC, she held positions as General Surgery and Ophthalmology Service Nurse and Team Lead for Cardiothoracic, DaVinci (Robotics), Vascular and Urology services. She also became a Certified Nurse in the Operating Room (CNOR) and earned a Master of Science Degree in Human Services from Walden University. In addition, she managed the only Navy Midshipmen Training program at WRNMMC leading over 35 future Nurse Corps Officers. In July 2015, she returned to the NATO Role 3 MMU, Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of Operation Resolute Support. She served as Department Head, Main Operating Room and led fifteen personnel in the provision of trauma services to Coalition Forces, Afghanistan National Police and Military. Upon completion of her nine-month deployment, she reported to Fleet Surgical Team One, San Diego, CA in May 2016. As subject matter expert for the Operating Room and Technical Liaison Officer, she maintained Level-2 surgical readiness across PHIBRON THREE-Amphibious Readiness Group during RIMPAC and a WESTPAC work-up cycle and deployment. She accepted promotion to Lieutenant Commander in June 2017 and earned her Surface Warfare Qualification. In June 2018, she reported to Fort Belvoir Community Hospital where she is currently serving as the Clinical Nurse Officer in Charge of Orthopedics and Podiatry. Her personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3) and various unit awards and citations.