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Abilene Native Serves at Naval Hospital Jacksonville
By Amanda Rae Moreno
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda Rae Moreno, Navy Office of Community Outreach
(Jacksonville, Fla.) – A 2017 Abilene High School graduate and Abilene, Texas, native is serving at Naval Hospital Jacksonville and Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Jacksonville.
Seaman Tianna Williams serves as a hospitalman
who is responsible for providing healthcare support to all Navy and Marine
Corps service members.
Williams credits their hometown for giving opportunities they would not have had otherwise experienced that have helped in serving with the Navy.
“I learned don’t be afraid to do bigger things,” said Williams. “It’s a small town, so you can really branch out.”
Naval Hospital Jacksonville and Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (MNRTC) Jacksonville deliver quality health care, in an integrated system of readiness and health. Naval Hospital Jacksonville includes five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia. It serves 163,000 active-duty and retired sailors, Marines, soldiers, airmen, guardsmen, and their families, including about 83,000 patients who are enrolled with a primary care manager.
Williams is now a part of a long-standing tradition of serving the Navy our nation needs.
“I’m the first in my family and I am proud to be representing my family in the Navy,” said Williams.
Williams said they are proud to be part of a war fighting team that readily defends America at all times.
“I’ve grown so much personally serving in the Navy,” said Williams. “I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and being involved in the command and community more.”
Williams is playing an important part in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.
“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.”
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon capital assets, Williams and others know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes.
“Our 2,400 staff (military, civilian, contract, and volunteer) are integral to keeping our Navy and Marine Corps family ready, healthy, and on the job,” said Capt. Matthew Case, Naval Hospital Jacksonville commander and NMRTC Jacksonville commanding officer.
“I’m waking up and putting on my uniform every day with pride,” said Williams. “I’m not just going to a job, I am actually serving for my country.”
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