Packers welcome alumna home from Afghanistan
Katrina Destree, MD ’11 (in uniform), celebrates her homecoming at Lambeau Field with her family on
Upon returning to the U.S. following a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan as a Marine Corps regimental surgeon, Katrina Destree, MD ’11, was treated to a very special homecoming. The Green Bay Packers invited her onto the field for pre-game warm-ups and a special recognition in front of 80,000 fans attending the Sept. 15 game vs. the Washington Redskins. An essay her husband wrote to the team’s Operation Fan Mail program about her service and Packers spirit led to the unique experience.
“Though it felt as if I was living a dream with these celebrities so close, it was also a very humbling experience because as I was walking around the field, I learned the meaning of ‘we support our troops,’” she said. “So many people were coming up to shake my hand or shouting from the stands to say ‘thank you for your service.’ These are people that did not know me or what I do, but people who cared about our military.”
Dr. Destree is currently stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Service in her words
“My name is Katrina Destree, and I have the best job in the world. Not only do I get to provide medical care to military personnel but I get to serve my country doing what I love. In January 2013, I deployed with the U.S. Marine Corps to Afghanistan where I remained for seven months. I deployed as the regimental surgeon for approximately 1,200 Marines and Sailors. As a regimental surgeon, my role was to ensure that appropriate health care was provided to all active duty members on base, that health care polices were set, and to provide the commanding officer the information that he needed to know about the care that we were providing and about the health of his Marines/Sailors.
“During these seven months, I learned a lot about the behind-the-scenes of medicine, about the military, and how to provide expeditionary medicine. It was a great experience that no textbook or class could ever replace.
“Now, I am stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. I am continuing to work with the Marines as a regimental surgeon. In garrison, my responsibilities are to run the Regimental Aid Station and provide primary care to the Marines/Sailors of my command. Most days are spent doing sick call and scheduled appointments in the afternoon.”
Dr. Destree earned her MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2011. She completed a transitional year at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in 2012 and subsequently was stationed at Camp Lejeune as a General Medical Officer.
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