Dr. Tyrone Krause, 63, is a heart surgeon from Skillman, New Jersey. Instead of sipping margueritas from his backyard lounge chair in retirement, he’s decided to join the US Navy Reserves because his skills are in demand.
“Sometimes I say to myself, ‘How did I get into this? Why don’t I just relax and sit in my backyard and drink some beer?’ But that’s not my style. I’ve always been on the move. And hopefully I’ll always be on the move…I feel, surgically, I’m in my prime. I could still operate very well, and if I can give back and help some of our young men and women in the military, that’s what I want to do.” Dr Krause
The Navy issued a waiver to the Doctor, according to the Navy Times, and his daughter, Ensign Laura Krause, swore him in as a Cmdr at his commissioning on Friday. The ceremony took place aboard the Arleigh-Burker class guided missile destroyer USS Ramage. Ensign Krause is the Assistant Chief Engineer aboard the ship.
“It feels great, I’m just going to soak it in right now. It’s an honor to be on a Navy destroyer let alone being sworn in, by your daughter.” Cmdr. Krause to 13 News Now.
Part of his entry into the Navy had to do with connecting to his daughter, the other part a desire to help our military.
Stars and Stripes reported,
The two have always shared a close bond that has included climbing Mount Kilimanjaro together and watching sports. He was inspired to join the Navy after speaking with his daughter’s recruiter, who was in the medical corps and mentioned that the Navy had a shortage of surgeons.
He saw it as one more way to connect with his daughter while also helping others.
“I don’t ever see this man ever retiring,” Laura Krause told her shipmates on the Ramage’s flight deck.
She has good reason to believe that.
After all, her father had already worked in private medical practice for decades when he earned a law degree at night after his hospital shifts while he was in his 50s. He also moonlighted as a philosophy professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Krause hopes to use his skills to teach young hospital corpsmen about treating trauma. He alos hopes to one day serve aboard a hospital ship like the USNS Comfort. At this point, he will serve one day a week at a Navy clinic in Sandy Hook, New Jersey.
“A lot of people don’t even know you can join the Reserves and contribute. A lot of people in the private sector have a lot of skills they can bring to the Navy and military in general. You can be 40 years old, 50 years old and your profession may be something that’s necessary in the military. You can certainly give back by joining the Reserves.” Dr. Krause