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Dayton, Ohio Native Supports Nation’s COVID-19 Response on American Soil

Navy Cmdr. Tamera Tuttle, a native of Dayton, Ohio, is serving in Dallas as part of the Department of Defense’s response to COVID-19.

By Lt. Eileen Suarez, Navy Public Affairs Support Element – West

DALLAS – Navy Cmdr. Tamera Tuttle, a native of Dayton, Ohio, is serving in Dallas as part of the Department of Defense’s response to COVID-19, which is being led by U.S. Northern Command.

Tuttle is currently the Director of Nursing Services and is responsible for over 28 nurses and 11 corpsman. She is working with local health authorities as part of the whole-of-government approach to support the community need.
“Protecting the American people and preventing the spread of COVID-19 is our main mission in Dallas,” said Capt. Chad Roe, commanding officer of the Expeditionary Medical Facility-M, which is Tuttle’s unit. “EMF-M brings a team of highly trained medical professionals who are ready to help the City of Dallas flatten the curve while maintaining the health of our Sailors a priority.”
The unit is an integral part of the approximately 8,000 service members from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force, including active duty and reserve component service members, in the U.S. Army North-led Joint Forces Land Component Command who are assisting state and local governments across the continental United States in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I think we have what we call ‘all hands on deck,’” said Tuttle. “It can’t just be the civilian contingent or military contingent, we are all fighting the same battle. The more people we have to fight the battle the more successful we can be.”

“I wouldn’t have spent 23 years in the Navy if I didn’t love what I do,” said Tuttle. “I want to thank the City of Dallas for welcoming us, helping us and really the collegial relationship of working together to make this response effort a success and overall help us as a world to get through this pandemic.”

The U.S. Navy’s EMFs are designed to receive patients from forward medical facilities or directly from combat areas in order to provide full resuscitation and emergency stabilizing surgery. The personnel manning reflects that mission, a full complement that includes 447 physicians, nurses and other medical professionals, enough to care for 150 patients 24 hours a day on a rotating shift schedule.


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