By Rick Burke
U.S. Navy Office of
JACKSONVILLE – Petty Officer 2nd Class L’Oreal Bibbs, a resident of Fort Worth, Texas, is playing a critical role in the U.S. Navy’s efforts to maintain a healthy and ready fighting force in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic.
As a yeoman serving with Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth (NAS JRB), Texas, Bibbs is one of the 139 service members assigned to Task Force Southeast – Jacksonville, the primary Department of Defense (DoD) support organization for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) response to COVID-19.
“I am the lead yeoman of Vaccine Support Team 3 responsible for keeping track of 40 sailors and keeping track of the number of vaccinations administered in Jacksonville, Florida,” said Bibbs. “I draft and submit these numbers to our chain of command, so they are able to submit these numbers to the General.”
The DOD remains committed to breaking the cycle of transmission as it provides support to approved FEMA requests. Task Force Southeast – Jacksonville protects against COVID-19 outbreak and conducts response operations within FEMA regions III & IV.
“All of our Navy personnel here at the Jacksonville Community Vaccination Center are uniquely capable of providing immediate medical expertise and training to help counter the threat of the pandemic to our Nation,” said Capt. David Barrows, medical officer-in-charge of Task Force Southeast – Jacksonville and executive officer, Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Jacksonville. “We are proud and privileged to serve our country and community in time of need, right here at home.”
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According to Bibbs, a 2004 graduate of Morningside High School in Inglewood, California, the values required to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Inglewood.
“Growing up in my hometown of Inglewood, I learned that having a positive attitude, regardless of what challenges you may be faced with, will always serve you best in the long run,” said Bibbs. “This is why I wake up every day and ready to serve my country, even if it means making someone’s day by a simple smile and hello.
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As a member of the U.S. Navy, Bibbs, as well as other sailors, know they are a part of a service tradition that dates back centuries. Their efforts, especially during this time of challenge brought on by the Coronavirus, will have a lasting effect around the globe and for generations of sailors who provide the Navy the nation needs.
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“I am always proud to put on my uniform but during this trying time in our country, I am even more proud to wear the uniform and determined to do my part to help our country get through this, especially for my young son, Kameron Lee, and other children like him who deserve a life without the threat of a pandemic negatively affecting their future,” added Bibbs.