A native of New York, New York, CAPT Victor M. Diaz enlisted in the Navy in 1991 under the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) program. Following recruit training and completion of BOOST, he attended Jacksonville University on a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) scholarship and received his bachelor’s degree in nursing and commission in 1996.
He began his career as a staff nurse on the Cardiothoracic and Telemetry unit at Naval Medical Center San Diego, California and departed in 1999, for his first overseas tour in Guam as a critical care nurse.
In 2001, Diaz was competitively selected for the Navy Nurse Corps Anesthesia Program (NNCAP) and attended the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland. He earned a master’s degree in 2003 and reported to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA for his utilization tour as a nurse anesthetist (CRNA).
Operationally, he has deployed as a CRNA with the 2nd MLG, Surgical Shock Trauma Platoon in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF-II). He served as the sole anesthesia provider on Fleet Surgical Team Six and completed deployments aboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5) and USS Nassau (LHA 4). Diaz has also served on humanitarian missions to Latin America aboard the USNS Comfort (T-AH 20).
Diaz has served in a variety of leadership positions to include division officer, chief nurse anesthetist and department head at both small and large, continental and overseas military treatment facilities. Prior to assuming his current duties as executive officer in June 2020, CAPT Diaz served as the director for surgical services at U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, where he oversaw the safe delivery of surgical care in support of the Navy Medicine’s largest, forward deployed hospital.
His personal military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards) and various campaign and unit ribbons. He has also earned the Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer and Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer designations.