A native of Martinsville, Illinois, CAPT Cornwell is a graduate of Martinsville High and a 1988 graduate of the School of Public Health from Indiana University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Baylor University.
Seaman Recruit Cornwell enlisted in the U.S. Navy May of 1975. After Basic Training, Hospital Corps “A” School, Field Medical Service School, and Respiratory Therapy “C” School; HM2 Cornwell was released from Active Duty to attend Indiana University. Upon graduation from the IU School of Public Health ENS Cornwell was commissioned December 1988.
After OIS in Newport, Rhode Island, ENS Cornwell reported to Naval Hospital San Diego. He held various positions including Patient Administration Officer and Administrative Assistant to the Director for Administration. During Desert Shield & Desert Storm LTJG Cornwell supported the USS Iwo Jima and the Administrative Support Unit, Bahrain as the Medical Admin Officer and Medical Regulator. Upon his return to Naval Hospital San Diego LT Cornwell was selected for out-service training for the Masters of Healthcare Administration Program at Baylor University.
Upon graduation LT Cornwell was assigned as the Assistant Director for Branch Medical Clinic Makalapa, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Following Hawaii he transferred to Naval Hospital Naples, Italy where he served as the Disaster Planning Officer, Public Affairs Officer, and the Strategic Management Planning Officer.
LCDR Cornwell then transferred to U.S. Joint Forces Command as one of the Joint Regional Medical Planners assigned to FEMA and the U.S. Public Health Service. In this position LCDR Cornwell served as the DoD Medical Liaison to FEMA Region IX; California, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii. Working very closely with city, county, state, and federal health officials LCDR Cornwell was instrumental in the success of the Federal Response Plan; after two years with FEMA and the U.S. Public Health Service LCDR Cornwell returned to Navy Medicine as the Director for Administration at the Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, California.
November 2003 CDR Cornwell received orders to Branch Medical Clinic, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona as the Officer-In-Charge. During this tour CDR Cornwell was selected as an Individual Augmentee; April 2007 through March 2008, he was a member of the Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team, Fallujah, Iraq. CDR Cornwell was responsible for the rebirth of the Public Healthcare System for the city of Fallujah.
After his deployment CDR Cornwell received orders to Field Medical Training Battalion, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California as the Executive Officer. Two years later, July 2010, CAPT Cornwell was selected as the Officer-In-Charge, Branch Health Clinic, Naval Support Facility, Diego Garcia BIOT. From one island to another, CAPT Cornwell transferred in April 2011 to Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam as the Executive Officer of Naval Health Clinic Hawaii.
7 June 2013, CAPT Cornwell assumed Command of Field Medical Training Battalion-West, Camp Pendleton, California.
CAPT Cornwell’s military awards include: Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (4 Awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 Awards) and the Combat Action Ribbon.