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Face of Defense: Sailor’s Performance Promises Bright Future

By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin
2nd Marine Logistics Group

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.,, March 21, 2013 – Though he’s been in the Navy for just a little less than two years, Seaman Bryant P. Jordan already has begun paving a path for a bright future.

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Navy Seaman Bryant P. Jordan poses by an X-ray machine at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 15, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson
  

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Jordan -- an X-ray technician with 2nd Marine Logistics Group’s 2nd Medical Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, at the French Creek Medical Center here – has made a good impression.

“He’s the epitome of a sailor that fits the mold for the standard of excellence we want to achieve,” said Navy Chief Petty Officer David S. Beason, a senior enlisted leader at the medical center.

A Kirbyville, Texas, native who enjoys cookouts and playing football, Jordan graduated from high school in 2008 and went on to study radiology, but when he couldn’t find any job openings, he went to the recruiter’s office.

Though he originally was interested in the Marine Corps, Jordan decided to enlist in the Navy to work in health care, and now he works alongside Marines here.

He has been in the fleet for almost a year and a half, and already has earned the Fleet Marine Force pin, an achievement that typically takes two years to complete.

During his free time, Jordan has been working his way through the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. He is currently a gray belt, which is the second of five belts in the program. He has also helped his fellow sailors improve their martial arts skills.

“I like getting to work with Marines more than just working in a hospital, because it allows me to get to know the patients on a more personal level,” he said.

Because he’s always willing to learn more about patient care in general, Jordan said, he volunteered to serve as a field medical service technician during a recent deployment to the Mediterranean area. While still fulfilling his billet as an X-ray technician, he also drew blood, aided trauma patients and worked in a pharmacy.

“He’s an up-and-coming star,” Beason said. “Seaman Jordan excelled as a combat corpsman while on deployment, and is already considered an advanced X-ray technician.”

Jordan said his deployment taught him how to work around complicated situations and showed him what what he could do better for patient care, as well as in working as an X-ray technician. Now that he’s back, he added, he is looking for more ways to help around the facility and learn as much as he can about patient care here. He provides basic medical care and takes X-rays to assist doctors in the diagnosis process.

“It’s a reward at the end of the day knowing I helped someone get better,” he said. 

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