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St. Mary’s County Native on Front Lines of U.S. Navy Coronavirus Fight

Hosptialman Melodie Abell, a native of California, Maryland, 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 hospital corpsman working at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Abell’s skills are vital to maintaining the health of the sailors in the San Diego area, and by extension, the readiness of the Navy’s operational ships and submarines on which they serve. “The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic brought an invisible enemy to our shores and changed the way we operate as a Navy,” said Adm. Mike Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations. “The fight against this virus is a tough one, but our sailors are tougher. We must harden our Navy by continuing to focus on the health and safety of our forces and our families. The health and safety of our sailors and their families is, and must continue to be, our number one priority.” Abell is a 2019 James Clemens High School graduate. According to Abell, the values required to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in California. “Facing adversity and so much change while growing at home, I learned rather […]

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