2018 Inductees

Rear Admiral Michael D. Weahkee

Rear Admiral Michael D. Weahkee

Dr. Justin L. Hazen, MD, FACEP

Dr. Justin L. Hazen, MD, FACEP

Rear Admiral Michael D. Weahkee

RADM Michael D. Weahkee graduated from Aztec High School in 1988. He was active
in FBLA, inducted in NHS, captain of the Wrestling Team, placing 3rd in 1988, and ran
on the Inaugural Cross Country Team. He also graduated with Honors.
After high school he wrestled at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, but
after a year decided to pursue his goals from an academic stance. He graduated from
San Juan College with an associate’s degree in 1991 and enlisted into the United State
Air Force. He was deployed as part of Operation Safe Haven to the Republic of Panama
where he was recognized with several USAF commendations. He left the Air Force and
entered Southern Illinois University where he graduated in 1996 with a BS in Health
Care Management. He received both his Master of Health Services Administration and
Master of Business Administration degrees from ASU in 1998.
Upon completing graduate studies, Michael was commissioned as a United States
Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officer. He received an early promotion to
the rank of Captain in 2016, while serving as the Chief Executive Officer at the Phoenix
Indian Health Center. In 2017 he was appointed by President Trump as the acting
Director of the Indian Health Service, where he is in charge of the health care of
approximately 2.2 million American Indians and Alaskan Natives in hospitals, clinics
and other health related settings throughout the United States. He was promoted to
the rank of Rear Admiral in the USPHS on January 1, 2017.
Michael is a second generation AHS graduate. He has had many aunts, uncles,
brothers and cousins who attended as well. He is a proud remember of the Zuni Tribe.
He believes that anyone can accomplish what they desire no matter whom or what
they are, if they put in the hard work and ensure that they are ready when
opportunity knocks.

Dr. Justin L. Hazen, MD, FACEP

Dr. Justin Hazen graduated from Aztec High School in 1991 with honors, and he was elected Student Body President. Justin was extremely busy while attending high school. He was in National Honor Society, SADD and PEER Ed. He also lettered in football and track and was an All District selection for the position of center for football twice, all while battling leukemia his senior year. After graduating from high school, an award called the Justin Hazen Middle School Academic Athlete was started in his name.
While attending UNM as an undergraduate, Justin had a relapse with leukemia his junior year, but he still graduated in 1995 with honors and was accepted into UNM School of Medicine. Justin graduated from medical school in 2001 earning the honor of Outstanding Medical Student despite having a third leukemia relapse. He went on to complete an emergency medicine residency and fellowship at UNM. During his residency, Justin found time to graduate from the Department of Energy’s SWAT School, be commissioned as an Albuquerque police officer, and has been responding to SWAT and Bomb calls since 2002. He currently works as an attending physician at the VA Hospital and serves as medical director for many fire, police, and EMS agencies in New Mexico. He is an advocate for the Stop the Bleed Campaign, which provides students and teachers free tactical/medical training on how to survive traumatic injuries. One of his crowning achievements has been the development of the Albuquerque Police Department’s Tactical Emergency Medical Team that provides tactical emergency medical assistance at any time or place in New Mexico.
Justin has been cancer free since 2000 and resides in Tijeras with his wife Kristi and daughter Addison. He believes a tireless effort helping his community, state, and schools leads to a safer and a better place to live.