Hospitalman Olivia Backstrom, a local of Gainesville, Florida, is serving with Navy Drugs Readiness and Coaching Command San Diego on board Army Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) as a part of Pacific Partnership 2022 (PP22), deployed within the Pacific Ocean.
Mercy departed its homeport in San Diego Could 3, with greater than 800 personnel aboard, together with army medical and engineering personnel, assist workers, accomplice nation representatives and civil service mariners to take part within the largest annual multinational humanitarian help and catastrophe reduction preparedness mission within the Indo-Pacific.
Annually the Pacific Partnership workers works collectively with host and accomplice nations to boost regional interoperability and catastrophe response capabilities, enhance safety and stability within the area, and foster new and enduring friendships.
Backstrom is a hospital corpsman liable for aiding within the prevention and remedy of illness, incapacity and harm utilizing medical support and preventive medication procedures.
“I take a look at affected person specimens with analyzers to assist medical doctors make correct prognosis for remedy,” mentioned Backstrom.
“I’m so proud to be serving alongside Hospitalman Backstrom and this excellent group of sailors as we assist this necessary mission on the biggest floating hospital on the earth,” mentioned U.S. Capt. Hank Kim, PP22 mission commander. “I’m trying ahead to watching this unimaginable crew forge new friendships and strengthen present relationships with the nations in Oceania and the Western Pacific.”
On the invitation of host nations, Backstrom and the Pacific Partnership crew work collectively to conduct tailor-made medical, dental, veterinary, engineering civic motion initiatives, and subject-matter-expert exchanges.
“Being on this train supplies a chance for actual world engagement in mission central operations,” mentioned Backstrom.
Pacific Partnership assists native communities with a variety of providers enhancing host nation capabilities, constructing regional relationships, and exercising a collective skill to reply to conditions, together with humanitarian help and catastrophe reduction efforts.
“Serving within the Navy for six and a half years, has served as a breeding floor for a lot of alternatives and lots of life classes for me,” added Backstrom. “I hope to proceed to take these alternatives with me as I transition into civilian life.”
Supply: Rick Burke
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