Captain Herzig, a native of Houston, Texas, graduated from Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in pharmacology in 1992 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Before entering the Navy, Captain Herzig completed three postdoctoral fellowships during 1992-1996. In 2004, Captain Herzig graduated with a Master of Science degree in project management from George Washington University School of Business, and received his project management professional certification in 2005. He completed Joint Professional Military Captain Herzig was commissioned as a Lieutenant in 1996, and reported as a research physiologist to the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute in Bethesda, MD. Other medical support assignments include assistant professor in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; executive officer at the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory in Groton, CT; and while assigned to the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego he served as head of the warfighter performance and the behavioral sciences & epidemiology departments, the director of operational readiness, and finally as the director of research and development.
Captain Herzig’s staff tours include the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, helping to establish the Future Plans and Strategies (M5) function, and serving as the US Navy representative to the NATO Biological Medical Advisory Council and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Medical Working Group; and serving as the deputy force surgeon and chief medical planner for the Commander, Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet. His operational assignments include deployment for one year to Baghdad, Iraq, as the chief medical planner for Multi-National Force Iraq, coordinating health service support for coalition forces. In addition, he worked with the health attaché at the US Embassy, aiding the Iraqi Ministry of Health in building healthcare capacity. Captain Herzig was requested by name to support OPERATION TOMODACHI, a disaster relief mission following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19). Accordingly, he is a member of the Navy Global Health Engagement team with professional level status.
Captain Herzig’s last assignment was commanding officer of the Naval Medical Research Unit San Antonio where he provided innovative, translational research to optimize warfighter readiness and save lives. He currently serves as commandant of the Medical Education and Training Campus.
Captain Herzig’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Gold Stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Joint Service Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, in addition to various campaign medals, unit and service awards.