Navy Capt. James Bass commissioned in the Navy in May 1990 through the Health Professions Scholarship Program. After completing four years of college and four years of obligated service, Bass left the Navy only to have a change of heart soon after.
“I took my youngest son to a Blue Angels air show on Naval Air Station Jacksonville and thought ‘gosh, I really miss this more than I ever thought I would,’” Bass said. The thought brought him to a recruiter’s office only six months after leaving active duty.
Bass joined the Navy Reserve as a general practitioner and served in the role until 2007. He went on to train as a flight surgeon training at Naval Air Station Pensacola supporting the Marine Corps Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 774.
Once the Bass children were grown and out on their own, Bass and his wife moved to Washington State, where they both currently practice medicine in their civilian careers.
There, Bass began a normal medical officer tour with the Operational Health Support Unit Everett, Washington, assisting Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Everett