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The force combating COVID-19

Airman 1st Class Megan Crow-Elmore, 81st Medical Group aerospace medical technician, prepares a syringe containing the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine inside the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 19, 2021. Crow-Elmore is part of the COVID-19 Task Force, made up of medical workers from various units in response to the pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine Galloway)

Airman 1st Class Megan Crow-Elmore, 81st Medical Group aerospace medical technician, prepares a syringe containing the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine inside the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 19, 2021. Crow-Elmore is part of the COVID-19 Task Force, made up of medical workers from various units in response to the pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine Galloway)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Megan Crow-Elmore, 81st Medical Group aerospace medical technician, prepares to vaccinate a fellow Airman with a syringe containing the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine inside the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 19, 2021. Crow-Elmore is part of the COVID-19 Task Force, made up of medical workers from various units in response to the pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine Galloway)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Megan Crow-Elmore, 81st Medical Group aerospace medical technician, prepares to vaccinate a fellow Airman with a syringe containing the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine inside the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 19, 2021. Crow-Elmore is part of the COVID-19 Task Force, made up of medical workers from various units in response to the pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine Galloway)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

Continuing in a course of action despite difficulty or delay in achieving success is the definition of perseverance, which describes what many people found essential since COVID-19 rocked the world.

Everything changed when COVID-19 hit,” said Airman 1st class Megan Crow- Elmore, 81st Medical Group aerospace medical technician. “Manning was a bit stretched and I was eventually pulled from the student health clinic to join the COVID-19 Task Force. “I went to doing vaccines every day and it got me out of my comfort zone.”

Normal clinical appointments were impacted by the amount of COVID-19 tests being performed for the base population that had expanded with the addition of basic military training trainees. With the constantly changing protocols, Crow-Elmore had to keep herself and her patients safe.

Keeping myself safe for my husband at home was a challenge,” said Crow-Elmore. “I loved caring for all of the Airmen in isolation by offering them remedies and giving them what they needed, but I had to keep in mind what I could bring back home and make sure I wasn’t cutting corners when it came to personal protective equipment.”’

Crow-Elmore had support from both her family and workplace as she battled the pandemic as a part of the COVID-19 Task Force.

Both of my chain of commands are so strong and I love them,” said Crow-Elmore. “We worked as a team, came up with solutions very quickly, and it would have been chaos if we didn’t work together and communicate.”