Pvt. 1st Class McDermid, Tech Sgt. Coleman making difference in COVID-19 response

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The 2020 NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola is more than just a military appreciation platform — it‘s a campaign that salutes all who have gone above and beyond to keep their fellow members of society safe and healthy. During a global pandemic that has impacted almost every aspect of our daily lives, they have been there for us — doctors, nurses, EMTs, first responders, etc. Now, it‘s our turn to be there for them, and to give recognition where it‘s deserved the most.

In this edition of NASCAR Salutes Refreshing Moments, we‘re highlighting the work of U.S. Army Private First Class Tristan McDermid and U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant Carly Coleman.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, protective face coverings have become a necessary part of life, and Pvt. 1st Class McDermid has been instrumental in making sure he and his fellow soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina are protected. In this edition of NASCAR Salutes Refreshing Moments, we‘re highlighting and sharing Pvt. 1st Class McDermid‘s work.

McDermid is a parachute rigger with the 647th Quarter Master Company. He has used his skills as part of the aerial equipment repair team to produce over 1,500 protective face coverings. The coverings have allowed the civilians and soldiers of Fort Bragg to continue working and maintain their readiness. Pvt. 1st Class McDermid‘s efforts have helped contribute to the 20,000 face coverings that the unit has produced since April 10.

Tech Sgt. Coleman is based out of North Carolina at both the Pope Army Airfield and Fort Bragg. For more than 57 days, she supported the coordination of medical care to 43 Air Mobility Operations Group (AMOG) and tenant unit personnel in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She coordinated and facilitated clinical care (ranging from face-to-face appointments, labs and medication distribution) and performed COVID-19 testing.

In addition, Tech. Sgt. Coleman also coordinated and provided front door screenings of all members entering the Byars Health Clinic at Fort Bragg. She also coordinated pre-deployment care with Army leadership and screened patients for routine care and appointments. Tech Sgt. Coleman established processes to maintain deployment readiness and these processes tracked health assessments, flying waivers and immunizations to ensure the medical deployability of AMOG and tenant units.

For the first time ever, NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola kicked off with the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as the platform shifts to a mid-summer window due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola, which runs through July 31, will see the NASCAR industry honor United States Armed Forces and frontline healthcare heroes as part of this year‘s expanded program — an industry-wide opportunity to recognize and thank those who have gone above and beyond to keep society safe and healthy.