Military Bios

Rear Admiral Ben F. Gaumer:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Medical Corps Assistant Deputy Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Reserve Affairs
Rear Adm. Gaumer attended Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, from September 1972 to December 1975, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. He was commissioned an Ensign in June 1976 through the Health Professions Scholarship program while attending the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines. He was commissioned a Lieutenant upon graduation in June 1979 after receiving his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree.
Rear Adm. Gaumer reported to Naval Regional Medical Center, Camp Pendleton, Calif., for his internship. Upon completion in 1980, he reported to Branch Hospital, Twenty-nine Palms, Calif., for duty as a General Medical Officer. In July 1981, he was assigned as Battalion Surgeon, 4th Battalion, 11th Marines and served in this capacity until his release from active duty in July, 1983.
He affilliated in the Naval Reserve in August 1983 at the Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center, Des Moines, with Reserve assignments including Naval Hospital 416, Portsmouth; 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines; Administrative Officer/Officer in Charge, Det D, NR Fleet Hospital 23, Minneapolis, Minn. While assigned to FH 23, he also served as Family Practice medical officer, and Head, Emergency Department. In November 1993, he became Director, Medical Services for NR Fleet Hospital 22, Olathe, Kans., and assumed the same position for NR Fleet Hospital 9, Everett, Wash., in January 1996.
In October 1996, he was assigned as Executive Officer, NR Fleet Hospital 22, Ft Dix, N.J. In October 1997, Rear Adm. Gaumer assumed command of NR Fleet Hospital Dallas, Dallas, Tex. Following his command tour, he served as Director, Health Services for NR Readiness Command Mid-Atlantic from October 1999 until September 2002. He is currently assigned as Assistant Deputy Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Reserve Affairs, and Reserve Chief of the Medical Corps, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Naval and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Naval and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and various other unit and service awards.
In his civilian capacity, Rear Adm. Gaumer has practiced Family Medicine in Indianola, Iowa, since his release from active duty in 1983. He is currently the Medical Director for the Mercy Indianola Medical Clinic, as well as being on the Executive Committee of the Board of Medical Directors for Mercy Clinics, Inc, Des Moines. He holds a clinical faculty appointment in Family Practice at Des Moines University-College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Updated: 4 November 2004


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