Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Ashlee McCasland, from St. Petersburg,Florida


PHOTO CAPTION: 200327-N-PH222-1249 PORT OF LOS ANGELES (March 27, 2020) Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Ashlee McCasland, from St. Petersburg, Fla., stands a security watch from the flight deck of the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) prior to pulling into the Port of Los Angeles. Mercy deployed in support of the nation's COVID-19 response efforts, and will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals. This allows shore base hospitals to focus their efforts on COVID-19 cases. One of the Department of Defense's missions is Defense Support of Civil Authorities. DOD is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, as well as state, local and public health authorities in helping protect the health and safety of the American people. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan M. Breeden)

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