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Keesler aids USS Tripoli in COVID-19

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Kamal Marie, USS Tripoli electronics technician, verifies his information with U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Crystal Brown, 81st Dental Squadron dental support flight chief, for COVID-19 testing outside Stennis Hall at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 14, 2020. Airmen from Keesler AFB assisted in testing over 900 Sailors as a part of the joint and total force effort across Navy and Air Force active duty and guard installations along the Gulf Coast. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly L. Mueller)

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Kamal Marie, USS Tripoli electronics technician, verifies his information with U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Crystal Brown, 81st Dental Squadron dental support flight chief, for COVID-19 testing outside Stennis Hall at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 14, 2020. Airmen from Keesler AFB assisted in testing over 900 Sailors as a part of the joint and total force effort across Navy and Air Force active duty and guard installations along the Gulf Coast. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly L. Mueller)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Arielle Williams, 81st Aerospace Medicine Squadron medical technician, prepares to collect a specimen from U.S. Navy Airman Apprentice Zorya Brown, USS Tripoli aviation Professional Apprenticeship Career Track, for COVID-19 testing at the Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport, Mississippi, July 14, 2020. Airmen from Keesler Air Force Base assisted in testing over 900 Sailors as a part of the joint and total force effort across Navy and Air Force active duty and guard installations along the Gulf Coast. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly L. Mueller)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Arielle Williams, 81st Aerospace Medicine Squadron medical technician, prepares to collect a specimen from U.S. Navy Airman Apprentice Zorya Brown, USS Tripoli aviation Professional Apprenticeship Career Track, for COVID-19 testing at the Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport, Mississippi, July 14, 2020. Airmen from Keesler Air Force Base assisted in testing over 900 Sailors as a part of the joint and total force effort across Navy and Air Force active duty and guard installations along the Gulf Coast. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly L. Mueller)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Crystal Coyle, 81st Medical Operations Squadron medical specialty flight NCO in charge, prepares a sample for COVID-19 testing inside Komfort Cove at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 14, 2020. Airmen from Keesler AFB assisted in testing over 900 Sailors as a part of the joint and total force effort across Navy and Air Force active duty and guard installations along the Gulf Coast. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly L. Mueller)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Crystal Coyle, 81st Medical Operations Squadron medical specialty flight NCO in charge, prepares a sample for COVID-19 testing inside Komfort Cove at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 14, 2020. Airmen from Keesler AFB assisted in testing over 900 Sailors as a part of the joint and total force effort across Navy and Air Force active duty and guard installations along the Gulf Coast. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly L. Mueller)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Taylor Leblanc, 81st Surgical Operations Squadron medical technician, records samples taken for COVID-19 testing at the Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport, Mississippi, July 14, 2020. Airmen from Keesler Air Force Base assisted in testing over 900 Sailors as a part of the joint and total force effort across Navy and Air Force active duty and guard installations along the Gulf Coast. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly L. Mueller)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Taylor Leblanc, 81st Surgical Operations Squadron medical technician, records samples taken for COVID-19 testing at the Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport, Mississippi, July 14, 2020. Airmen from Keesler Air Force Base assisted in testing over 900 Sailors as a part of the joint and total force effort across Navy and Air Force active duty and guard installations along the Gulf Coast. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly L. Mueller)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brook Lee, 81st Diagnostic and Therapeutics Squadron laboratory technician, organizes samples for COVID-19 testing at the Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport, Mississippi, July 14, 2020. Airmen from Keesler Air Force Base assisted in testing over 900 Sailors as a part of the joint and total force effort across Navy and Air Force active duty and guard installations along the Gulf Coast. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly L. Mueller)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brook Lee, 81st Diagnostic and Therapeutics Squadron laboratory technician, organizes samples for COVID-19 testing at the Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport, Mississippi, July 14, 2020. Airmen from Keesler Air Force Base assisted in testing over 900 Sailors as a part of the joint and total force effort across Navy and Air Force active duty and guard installations along the Gulf Coast. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly L. Mueller)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

Keesler Medical Center has been assisting the U.S. Navy in testing and housing Sailors from the USS Tripoli in Keesler’s quarantine and isolation facility for COVID-19, June 30 – July 18.

Keesler Medical Center hosts the Defense Department’s only genetics lab and plays a critical role in analysis and testing for COVID. Testing the Sailors aids the USS Tripoli, the Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship, in getting underway to support humanitarian and other contingency missions.

“The support helps our readiness by providing temporary housing for USS Tripoli Sailors during our required restriction of movement period in order to maintain proper social distancing,” said U.S. Navy Lt. Elizabeth Feaster, USS Tripoli Pre-commissioning Unit public affairs officer.

Keesler’s Q&I facility provides food and care for 100 USS Tripoli Sailors in addition to testing over 900 Sailors as a part of the joint and total force effort across Navy and Air Force active duty and guard installations along the Gulf Coast.

“If housing and caring for 100 sailors for 18 days is what it takes to ensure the Navy’s newest vessel can leave and do what it is made for, it is simply an honor do so,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Gage, Komfort Cove flight chief. “I believe it is important for all Airmen to not lose focus of the fact that we are all part of something greater, no matter what we are being asked to do.”