First woman named commander at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (WITN) -History was made today as the first woman commander was welcomed at Camp Lejeune’s Naval Medical Center.

Navy Captain Anja Dabelić took over from Captain Kevin Brown in today’s change of command ceremony at Lejeune.

She last served as commanding officer of the U.S. Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Charleston and director of Naval Health Clinic Charleston.

Dabelić voiced her desire to build on the foundation formed by inspirational women leadership at Camp Lejeune and in the military over the years.

“Their perseverance, resilience, and unwavering dedication have made it possible for me to stand before you as the first female commanding officer of Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune. I accept the weight of this distinction with gratitude and a firm resolve to make the most of this opportunity,” said Dabelić. “Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune is not just a hospital; we are a beacon of hope, a sanctuary of healing, and a symbol of the Military Health System’s unwavering commitment to the well-being of those who serve and their loved ones.”

Brown will soon be promoted to rear admiral, and become commander of Naval Medical Forces Atlantic.