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Captain Joseph Pickel

National Capital Region Medical Directorate

Captain Joseph Pickel, United States Navy is the Director for Business Operations, National Capital Region Medical Directorate located in Bethesda, MD, with more than 28 years of experience leading and managing people and resources in the Military Health System. Captain Pickel plans and coordinates actions necessary to deliver health care by component activities and Medical Treatment Facilities assigned to the Directorate. He develops administrative programs impacting all medical facilities in the National Capital Region with a cumulative enrollment of 282,000 beneficiaries, 12,000 employees, and operating budgets in excess of $1.3 billion.

Captain Pickel previously served as Deputy Comptroller and Acting Comptroller for a period at the United States Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). His responsibilities included assisting the Comptroller in policy and managing financial and manpower resources for a medical enterprise totaling more than $6 billion per year in operating costs. Captain Pickel worked closely with the Defense Health Agency sitting on executive inter-service resources committees reviewing/validating costs and services pertaining to the Shared Services Work Groups. He also led the day to day activities of the BUMED Resource Management staff that consisted of five distinct directorates that executed financial operations via three regional comptrollers.

Captain Pickel received his commission as an ensign in the Medical Service Corps in 1989. With the exception of a few years, CAPT Pickel has devoted almost his entire career in the realm of Resource Management. His first assignment was at Naval Medical Clinic, Kings Bay, Georgia where he served as the Comptroller and Supply Officer. In 1993, he transferred to Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), in Great Lakes and subsequently San Diego where he served as the first BUMED liaison officer within DFAS. From DFAS, he transferred to United States Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where he served as Comptroller/Director for Resources (DFR). He subsequently went to 2nd Force Service Support Group Camp Lejeune, North Carolina with a follow up tour at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune where we served as the DFR. In 2004, Captain Pickel was transferred to BUMED where he became the Financial Controls Analyst and later transferred to Naval Medical Information Management Center, serving as the Chief Staff Officer. In 2008, he transferred to the National Naval Medical Center serving as the Comptroller/DFR with additional duties to the National Capital Region, serving as regional Comptroller. Captain Pickel was instrumental to the $2.1 billion Base Realignment and Closure project, specifically in the financial transition of the Army and Navy facilities into the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda – hailed as the largest military medical integration and construction project in Department of Defense’s history.

Captain Pickel’s personal awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various other service and units awards. A native of Kieler, Wisconsin, Captain Pickel earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.