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Conemaugh Township grad beginning 18th year in the Navy

April 5, 2019

A Conemaugh Township graduate has been promoted to lieutenant commander in the United States Navy.

Lt. Cmdr. Todd Wentz enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Sept. 17, 2001. After completing basic training in Great Lakes, Illinois, he attended Corpsman Specialty School in Great Lakes, graduating as class valedictorian. He then attended field corpsman training in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Following his field training, Hospitalman Wentz was stationed at a naval medical center in Bethesda, Maryland, where he worked on an internal medicine ward. After being promoted to petty officer third class, Wentz was deployed on board the U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he treated battle casualties.

Wentz was soon selected for the Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Commissioned as an ensign in May 2008, Wentz was then stationed at a naval hospital in Beaufort, South Carolina, and worked on a multiservice ward.

In 2011 newly promoted Lt. j.g. Wentz deployed to Kuwait and worked at the hospital at Camp Arifjan. In December 2011 he was stationed at a naval medical center in San Diego. While there, he was promoted to lieutenant and attended training to be an operating room nurse. While stationed in San Diego, he also traveled on the U.S. Navy hospital ship Hope on a humanitarian mission for several months.

In February 2018 he was promoted to lieutenant commander. He is currently stationed at a naval hospital in Pensacola, Florida.

Wentz is a graduate of Conemaugh Township Area High School and Slippery Rock University.

He is married to Dr. Anna Phillips, of Loretto, and is the son of Roger and Terrie Wentz of Johnstown.