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Commander Steven E. Gabele
United States Navy
Medical Contingent Commander

A native of Chino, Calif., Commander Steven E. Gabele received his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from the University of California, Riverside in 1978 and his Physicianís and Surgeonís degree from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico in 1982. He completed his internship at Loyola University, Chicago at Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, Ill., followed by a residency in family practice medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford, Illinois in 1987.

CDR Gabele then went into private practice in Hollister, California from 1987 to 1999, where he served on multiple committees to include Chief of Staff of the local hospital.

CDR Gabele initially served in the Navy from 1969 to 1974 as an aviation storekeeper, during which he served in the Gulf of Tonkin, aboard USS MIDWAY (CVA 41). In 1999, he received his commission as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy. His service as an officer began with Primary Care Group, Naval Training Center and Military Health Center at Naval Medical Center, San Diego.

In June, 2000 he served as a medical officer with Fleet Surgical Team One, which included deployments on USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) and USS TARAWA (LHA 1). In August 2002 he was assigned to USS TARAWA (LHA 1) as the senior medical officer.

In September 2004 he served at the senior medical officer at the TriCare Outpatient Clinic in Chula Vista, Calif, as well as acting department head for Operational Forces Medical Liaison at NMCSD.

In February 2006 he served as the officer in charge of Shock Trauma Platoon, Charlie Surgical Company, Marine Logistics Group 1 in Camp Fallujah, Iraq. Upon returning to San Diego, he took over as the department head of the Branch Medical Clinic, Naval Base.

In September 2008 he attained his current position as officer-in-charge of Fleet Surgical Team NINE, COMPHIBRON SEVEN, on board USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6), which has to date included a Western Pacific deployment, Dawn Blitz and RIMPAC exercises. He also currently serves as the EXPEDITIONARY STRIKE GROUP 3 Surgeon.

CDR Gabele is a Board-Certified family physician, a fellow of the American Board of Family Practice, and licensed to practice in California.

Past memberships have included the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Association, representative to the California Medical Association, and he is currently a member of the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians.

His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal in addition to having earned the Surface Warfare Medical Officer and the Fleet Marine Force Officer qualifications.