On the drop of a hat, Airmen are able to deploy and go the place they’re wanted, sometimes to a location abroad.
Nevertheless, the almost 140 Airmen assigned to the 335th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron who deployed in assist of the state-led, federally-supported Medgar Evers College Community Vaccination Center in Brooklyn, left their dwelling station to carry out a mission distinctive to the pandemic.
“We had a two-day discover when my store requested who wished to deploy to Brooklyn and I didn’t hesitate as a result of we’ve lots of dad and mom with newborns,” mentioned Workers Sgt. Madeline Negron-Lisboa, 335th EMDOS basic goal Airman. “I noticed my wingmen with households and younger children and didn’t need them to should be away for too lengthy, so I made a decision it was finest I am going on the deployment.”
Negron-Lisboa, who deployed from the 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron out of Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, has a private connection to COVID-19 and the 335th EMDOS’s mission at Medgar Evers Faculty. Negron-Lisboa recounted her expertise when she contracted the virus in late June 2020.
“I went into my store at some point and simply had the sniffles and a headache, so I requested my supervisor if I might go to sick name. As a precaution, they gave me a COVID-19 take a look at, and certain sufficient I examined optimistic,” Negron-Lisboa mentioned. “This was scary for me as a result of I didn’t know anybody who had skilled COVID-19, so I started to fret in regards to the final result of getting it.”
Negron-Lisboa shares an in depth bond together with her household, who supported her from a whole bunch of miles away throughout her sickness, which she mentioned left her with little or no power and brought about her to sleep round 12 hours every day.
“Once I examined optimistic for COVID-19, I had an actual worry of what was going to occur to me, particularly as a result of I by no means felt exhaustion like that earlier than and I used to be going by way of it alone,” Negron-Lisboa mentioned. “Getting this group vaccinated means we will get again to a world with out sporting masks and hopefully no person else has to expertise what I did.”
Negron-Lisboa was not snug with seeing her household, who reside in Norwich, Connecticut, till she acquired the COVID-19 vaccine.
“My father has most cancers and suffered a stroke just a few years in the past and misplaced operate on the left aspect of his physique. He’s nonetheless scuffling with that at the moment, so the very last thing I would like is to place him in danger and have him get COVID-19,” Negron-Lisboa mentioned. “Having the ability to see my household once more is likely one of the fundamental the explanation why I obtained vaccinated, as a result of I wish to go see my dad and mom with out placing them in danger.”
Shortly after arriving in Brooklyn, Negron-Lisboa acquired a Red Cross notification for emergency depart to go see her brother, who was not too long ago recognized with most cancers. The 335th management crew labored swiftly to permit her to take the time to go see her brother in Connecticut.
“Psychological well being is by far crucial issue to perform our mission right here, particularly since that is new to all of us,” mentioned Grasp Sgt. Andrew Clark, 335th EMDOS first sergeant. “When Workers Sgt. Negron-Lisboa got here to us together with her considerations, I jumped on the alternative to permit her to take just a few days to go see her household, particularly since I knew it might assist ease her thoughts.”
The times Negron-Lisboa spent together with her brother resonates together with her, and he or she says her expertise is a chief instance of how a lot the 335th EMDOS management took care of their crew throughout the unprecedented deployment.
“Being here’s a double-edged sword as a result of the times are so lengthy, however we’re right here serving to folks get again to regular so it’s utterly value it,” Negron Lisboa mentioned. “Nevertheless, our leaders work so laborious to ensure all of us are taken care of and all of us admire them for it.”
On prime of her day by day operations, Negron-Lisboa, who was born in Puerto Rico, additionally interprets for the Spanish-speaking group members who might have help whereas receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
“It’s the Airmen like Workers Sgt. Negron-Lisboa that make our mission that a lot better. From her drive and fervour, to a optimistic and go-getter angle, she is at all times out in entrance asking what extra she will do,” Clark mentioned. “It’s due to Airmen like her that we aren’t solely engaging in our mission right here, however we’re doing it with out the priority of getting to show our Airmen the right way to be nice ambassadors, as a result of they naturally got here to us that method.”
U.S. Northern Command, by way of U.S. Army North, stays dedicated to offering continued, versatile Division of Protection assist to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a part of the whole-of-government response to COVID-19.