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.
“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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