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During his recent series of Admiral's Calls, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) Commander Rear Adm. Alton L. Stocks, reflected on the five months since Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center combined to form the nation's leading military treatment facility. He recognized how each worked together to overcome the challenges that arose when the two distinct organizations merged as one.

"We continue to improve every day, and it will take our continued commitment for us to be successful," he said. Stocks charged staffers to remember the difference one person can make in the smallest act, whether it be positive or negative, when they focus on the mission to provide healing.

The Journal asked WRNMMC staffers what the statement, "What I do matters," meant to them.

Aaron Stewart, a medical assistant in the Ophthalmology Department, What I do matters: "It really depends on how we take our jobs seriously in helping the patients out.we're there to be helpful for them. Patients first."

Susan Kiarie, a Health Systems Specialist for the Occupational Medicine Department, What I do matters: "It is my job to make sure the employees within the clinic are comfortable so they can do a superb job when it comes to the patient. I [also] feel that the supervisor should make time to listen to their people."

Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Jose Naranjilla, senior surgical technician for the main operating room, weekend shift, What I do matters: "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. It's very important that every single one in any given command or unit feels that what they do matters simply because it does. There is no such thing as 'a more important job' because at the end of the day, it becomes a collective TEAM effort. We must not only recognize our own self-worth but that of those who work [alongside] us. This is the true spirit of the military."

Army Sgt. Albin T. Eldeen, assistant noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the medical ward, 5-Center: What I do matters: "Absolutely. I would hope and pray that all of the staff have the same satisfaction that I do when I walk through my battle space. I see all around me men and women, Soldiers, Sailors and civilians, officers and enlisted, working toward one common goal. Yes, we all have our hiccups every now and then, however, I honestly feel that the staff here on 5 Center feel and agree with the statement 'What I do matters.'