Navy Hospitalman Apprentice Patrick R. Gravel, son of retired Navy Petty Officer 1st Class and Mrs. Charles A. Gravel of Auburn, has graduated from the Basic Hospital Corps School at Naval Hospital Corps School, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the 14-week course, Gravel learned a range of medical procedures used to provide first aid and assist Navy doctors and nurses.

Gravel also received an introductory instruction for service in a variety of medical environments, from fleet hospitals and shipboard medical departments to fleet Marine forces and medical administration offices.

Gravel’s first assignment after school will involve direct patient care, but with his training, Gravel can work in several areas, including first aid and assisting with minor surgery, pharmacy and laboratory analysis, patient transportation and food service inspections.

Gravel is a 1999 graduate of Edward Little High School of Auburn and joined the Navy in September 2003.

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