A trip to visit Petty Officer 1st Class Jayme Reed usually means you are not having a good day. That’s because she is a health services technician and it’s her duty to help service members when they aren’t at their best.
As a health services technician at Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor – a unit that works jointly with the Navy to escort and protect Navy vessels – Reed uses her passion for patient care to provide medical services for more than 140 active duty personnel.
Reed is dedicated to helping every single one of her patients heal from their various injuries; something she excels at. Her work, as she guides men and women from all services through the healing process, makes her not only a great health services technician, but an even better shipmate.
While working with her patients, Reed identified a need for physical therapy services at the force protection unit’s sickbay. These physical therapy services would enable force protection unit personnel to receive rehabilitative services without impacting their operational schedules.
She applied and was accepted to attend Physical Therapy Specialist “C” School at the Joint Forces Medical Training Center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. During her training, Reed displayed the highest level of professionalism and dedication to her classmates, serving as class leader and mentor for more than 50 Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard physical therapy students.
As class leader she mentored and tutored several of her classmates who were struggling with their academic work. Through her efforts, each of these students was able to successfully meet the rigorous academic requirements, graduate the course and go on to serve as physical therapy specialists in their respective services.
While at Sam Houston, Reed dedicated much of her clinical time to the Brooke Army Medical Center’s Center for the Intrepid. The center provides specialized rehabilitation for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom servicemembers who have sustained amputations, burns or functional limb loss.
While there, Reed, along with the staff at the center provided the full spectrum of amputee rehabilitation as well as advanced outpatient rehabilitation for burn victims. She incorporated her newly acquired physical therapy skills and was instrumental in the therapeutic recovery of 12 Army, Air Force and Marines patients.
Graduating the class with honors, Reed then went on rotation to Training Center Cape May where she used her skills as a physical therapy specialist to assist injured recruits. Injuries are common at the training center as new recruits push themselves to new limits, and she volunteered her own time to rehabilitate, mentor and coach recruits who had to potentially push back their boot camp graduation dates due to injuries.
Despite their setbacks, these recruits recovered from their injuries with the help from Reed and successfully passed the fitness requirements to graduate with their company on time.
Upon returning to Bangor, Reed became integrated into the Bremerton Naval Hospital physical therapy team. Here she not only provided rehabilitative services to Coast Guard members, but also treated Navy and Marine Corps personnel.
An advocate for not only helping people heal after injury but preventing it, Reed championed an active lifestyle for her units and those in the community around her. A triathlete herself, Reed served as a unit health promotion coordinator and provided fitness and nutrition guidance to unit personnel. Her dedication to the crew’s fitness was particularly evident when she met with several of the unit’s members during weekends, training them for an upcoming marathon.
Reed also dedicated her off-duty time to helping out those in her community, including assisting a blind athlete in swimming and distance running training. Together the two of them prepared for upcoming marathons for disabled athletes. Reed significantly improved this athlete’s ability to train and adapt to her disability. Reed also acted as the athlete’s guide as they completed three half marathons together.
Reed’s ability to foster relationships with Department of Defense medical professionals and care for hundreds of injured and wounded service members earned her the honor of being the Coast Guard’s Enlisted Person of the Year. Congratulations on your meritorious advancement, Petty Officer 1st Class Reed. Semper Paratus!