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    Flyby: Seaman Tony Lenard

    FLYBY: Seaman Tony Lenard

    Photo By Sgt. Grace L. Waladkewics | Seaman Tony Lenard Job Title: Hospital Corpsman Unit: Naval Health Clinic Cherry...... read more read more

    MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT , NC, UNITED STATES

    12.16.2013

    Story by Pfc. Grace L. Waladkewics 

    II Marine Expeditionary Force

    Job Title: Hospital Corpsman
    Unit: Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point
    Age: 21
    Hometown: Shreveport, La.
    Date Joined: Feb. 1, 2012

    CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Growing up in Shreveport, La., Seaman Tony Lenard always knew his calling was to help people.

    “I joined the Navy to get away from bad situations in my life,” said Lenard. “I joined to help people and do something good.”

    Lenard studied biology and English in college, but after school did not go as planned, followed in his cousin’s footsteps and enlisted in the Navy on Feb. 1, 2012.

    Lenard, a corpsman at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point’s Naval Health Clinic, works in the Military Home Port. He helps ensure all Cherry Point personnel are medically ready, taking vital signs, performing ear, nose and throat exams, drawing blood and giving vaccinations.

    “On top of my daily duties as a corpsman, I have several collateral duties I have taken on,” he said. “Infection control, changing the sharps containers, maintaining hand sanitation stations, and sterilizing equipment are some of my duties.”

    Lenard said his job is essential because not only does he help keep patients safe and healthy, but also fellow corpsmen and hospital workers.

    “Helping people and knowing that you are making a difference makes it worth the work,” explained the 21-year-old.

    Off duty, Lenard often volunteers around the air station and in the community.

    “I volunteer for breast cancer walks, volleyball tournaments, committees and parading the colors,” he said. “Really anywhere that I can help make a difference, I will.”

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    Date Taken: 12.16.2013
    Date Posted: 12.19.2013 09:16
    Story ID: 118445
    Location: MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT , NC, US 
    Hometown: SHREVEPORT, LA, US

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