Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
Office Location(Building, Room) AFRRI, 3176B
Phone: (301) 319-6991
Captain, Medical Service Corps, United States Navy
Deputy Director OEHS
Captain Maria K. Majar was commissioned as an Ensign in 1988 through the direct commissioning program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health with a concentration in Industrial Hygiene from Oregon State University, a Master of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands, and a Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Washington. She is a Certified Industrial Hygienist by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.
In November 1988, Captain Majar reported for duty at Naval Environmental Preventive Medicine Unit No. Five, San Diego, CA as a staff Industrial Hygiene Officer. In May 1992, she reported to the USS DIXON (AS 37) San Diego, CA as the Safety and Environmental Officer where her safety program was awarded the Commander, Submarine Force Pacific Fleet safety award. Following her shipboard tour, Captain Majar served as the Division Head, Naval Station Industrial Hygiene, Naval Medical Center San Diego, and the Chairman, Environment of Care Committee, from December 1995-September 1999. She spearheaded an extensive air quality study saving $9.6M in life cycle management cost for the USNS DAHL (T-AKR 312).
Captain Majar then reported for Duty Under Instruction at the University of Washington. She earned a Master of Science in Environmental Health with a concentration in Industrial Hygiene. In July 2001, she reported to Branch Medical Clinic Sasebo, Japan where she was the Department Head for both the Administration and the Occupational and Preventive Medicine Departments. In 2002, the command was awarded the Bronze Award for Health Promotions.
In August of 2003, Captain Majar transferred and reported as the Force Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Officer, Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. As a fleet lead, she initiated and directed a major research project evaluating whole body vibration (WBV) exposure during MH-60R flights to pilots and crew. As a direct result of this research, she procured hazard abatement funding of $400K to remove and replace the in-service seat cushion system and $100K for crashworthiness testing.
Captain Majar reported in December 2005 as the Officer in Charge of Naval Branch Health Clinic Ingleside, TX. Her motto of "Mission First People Always" fostered a culture of excellence during her tenure. The Branch Clinic exceeded all productivity goals set by BUMED and sustained a 90% retention rate.
In July 2008, she took command of the Naval Safety and Environmental Training Center. Her efforts to lean forward strategically leveraged information technology and workplace generation drivers, increasing the command's ability to deliver on-line courses and ultimately minimizing cost to the Fleet by reducing travel requirements. Her foresight and emphasis on "training and developing professionals" led to the development of the executive level safety manager course.
Captain Majar reported in July 2011 as the Executive Officer of Navy Medicine Operational Training Center Pensacola, FL. Her forward-leaning strategic leadership, strong analytical problem solving skills, cost effective principles, mission oriented spirit and focusing on quality customer centric training serves as the catalyst for mission readiness.
Her personal awards include Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star.
Interest areas are chemical exposures, noise and whole body vibration occupational exposures.