Captain Randy Panke enlisted in the United States Navy in 1982 and was commissioned in 1998. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences and Sports Medicine from Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, WV, in 1998 and Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant studies from University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2003. Throughout 2010-2012 he attended the Marine Corps University, Command and Staff College Distance Education Program earning his diploma to meet JPME PHASE 1 requirements.
CAPT Panke’s enlisted career began at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL. After basic training, he attended the Basic Enlisted Submarine School, in Groton CT, and upon graduation, reported for duty as a non-rated seaman “striker” onboard the USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN 640), home ported in Charleston, SC. In 1984, he completed Hospital Corpsman “A” School at Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL. Other enlisted active duty and reserve assignments included NH Charleston, SC, BMC NAS Brunswick, ME, NAVHOSP Orlando 808, NR&MRC ORL, NR Fleet Hospital 500, DET G, NR&MCRC ORL, NH Orlando, NR NAS MED, Dallas, TX, NRNH Charleston DET 506, Cumberland, MD, and NNMC Bethesda, MD.
In 1998, CAPT Panke attended Officer Indoctrination School at Newport, RI. Upon completion, he reported for duty at NH Guam, GU working in the clinics and participating in various humanitarian missions throughout Micronesia. In 2002 he transferred to NH Naples, Italy and was assigned to Branch Health Clinic, Capodichino. In 2004 he reported for duty at Naval Health Branch Clinic Everett, WA where he worked as a provider while assigned as the command’s emergency manager. He deployed for 5 months with EMF Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to provide health and preventive services for the operational forces.
In 2007, CAPT Panke reported for duty onboard the USS George Washington where he provided a full range of operational health service support while completing a homeport change from VA to Japan. In 2010, he transferred to 3d Medical Battalion, Okinawa, Japan and served in various staff roles to include S-3 Training OIC, Battalion Surgeon, Senior Medical Officer, Chief of Professional Affairs, and Company Commander of Headquarters and Service Company. In addition, he planned and participated in various exercises throughout the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command area of responsibility.
In 2013 CAPT Panke accepted orders to the Naval Undersea Medical Institute, in Groton, CT. He was assigned as the Department Head and Submarine IDC Program Manager, responsible for developing and training Sailors for independent medical duty onboard submarines. In 2015, he was selected as the 3d Marine Logistics Group Deputy Surgeon. Throughout his tenure he participated in multiple exercises within the region and served simultaneously in various Kinser Marine Centered Medical Home clinical leadership roles to include Officer-in-Charge and Senior Medical Officer. In August 2018 he reported to Camp Johnson, NC as the Executive Officer for Field Medical Training Battalion-East. In November 2019 he assumed command of the battalion until his departure in spring of 2020.
CAPT Panke is designated as a Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer and Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer. He has earned the Enlisted Submarine Warfare device and SSBN Deterrent Patrol Submarine insignia with one gold star. His personnel awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, Navy Commendation Medal with three gold Stars, Navy Achievement Medal with one gold star and various other campaign, unit and service awards.