Spotlight Sailor – CDR Michael Thornton

February 09, 2015
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CDR Michael Thornton

Navy Reserve Spotlight Sailor


Michael Thornton


Commander, Selected Reserve

Civilian Job

Physician, Senior Partner / Assistant Chief for Utilization Management, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, The Permanente Medical Group in Stockton, California


Sacramento, CA

CDR Michael Thornton

CDR Michael Thornton

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Spotlight Highlight

Commander Thornton’s first involvement with the Navy was as a Sea Cadet – a program that the Navy League created to help introduce the Navy’s core values to young children.  When he graduated from high school he enlisted in the Navy.  During his time as an enlisted Sailor, Thornton served as a Navy corpsman and later after completing Sea, Air, Land training and graduating with Class 130, he became a Combatant Swimmer with the Navy SEALs.  In 1989, he left active duty and joined the Navy Reserve where he served with Naval Special Warfare Unit One and Special Boat Unit Eleven.  In 1996 he left the Navy Reserve to attend medical school.  After earning his Associate of Science degree in Chemistry from the College of San Mateo in 1992, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Entomology from the University of California, Davis in 1994, a Doctor of Medicine degree from St George’s University School of Medicine in 2000 and his residency in Internal Medicine at Seton Hall University in 2003 he received his direct commission into the Navy Reserve in 2004.  He was mobilized August 2006 as the Assistance Task Force Surgeon for the Military Police of 3rd Battalion 14th Marines, a major subordinate command of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, deploying to Anbar Province.

How have you benefited from your service in the Navy Reserve?

Through the Navy Reserve, I have experienced the joy, satisfaction, and fulfillment of a job well done serving at home and abroad ensuring the safety of my family, friends, community and country.

Why did you choose to join the Navy Reserve?

I joined the Navy Reserve to maintain contact with friends and colleagues forged on active duty and create new ones with people who share a common purpose and bond. I enjoy the special camaraderie that only exists among those who serve.

In my Navy…

In my Navy, you can take your skills to another level, be part of something bigger than yourself and make an impact on the world. In my Navy Reserve, you can apply knowledge, experience, intuition, and critical thinking gained in uniform to your private life and career.

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