Back to Top Skip to main content

From Ghana to Washington, Sailor provides leadership during COVID-19

Female soldier with mask Petty Officer 1st Class Brenda Ike, assigned to NMRTC Bremerton, leads more than 20 military and civilian staff members in managing all supply and medical repair across the hospital. (Photo by Douglas Stutz, NMRTC Bremerton.)

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | Health Readiness | Heroes Behind the Mask

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Brenda Ike knows about leadership, and being resourceful. After graduating from high school in Cape Coast, Ghana in West Africa, she and her family moved to Queens in New York City.

Now with ten years of service under her belt, the logistics specialist keeps Naval Hospital Bremerton stocked and supplied as the hospital’s Material Management leading petty officer.

In her current role, she now leads more than 20 military and civilian staff members in managing all supply acquisitions and medical repair for the hospital’s warehouse and mailroom operations, Central Supply Replenishment, Biomedical Repair division, Equipment Management, Purchasing division, and Defense Military Logistics Supply System administration.

“I manage all inventory and issuances to ensure the sustainment of 84 departments and three branch health clinics,” said Ike.

Ike has been lauded for her behind the scenes effort in procuring vital supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) for the command’s ongoing effort to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 disease.

“Materiel Management – Supply – department is critical in fighting the spread of COVID 19. Specifically, we are overall responsible for ordering and tracking PPE that protects the entire hospital staff,” explained Ike.

There have been challenges during this new norm of daily preparing, responding and providing the needed supplies for responding to the pandemic, along with other routine duties.

“Acquiring supplies, in general, has been a hurdle worldwide. I am lucky to have an amazing team in Material Management that works around the clock to ensure that our supplies are always up to date to support all the clinics. We have to consider who needs what and how we can substitute if we don't have the requested item. It has been challenging to find vendors for supplies that cannot be filled by our prime vendor. There are no breaks in searching for PPE supplies,” explained Ike.

Although much – if not all – of their work is accomplished behind the scenes, Ike and the rest of her team have reason to be justifiably gratified that their efforts are helping to make a positive difference against COVID-19.

“It means so much to my whole crew to have a hand in making sure our staff and personnel feel safe when they come to work. Materiel Management's goal is the customer first and customer always. The only way we can rest is when we know that they have what they need and most importantly that they are safe. We also have benefited from seeing our work translate to force readiness as the personal protective equipment and testing supplies are being used for force testing and patient care,” Ike said.

Ike’s responsibility as a logistics specialist is indicative of being just as integral a part of Navy Medicine as that of a physician, nurse, or hospital corpsman.

“Most people might not believe it, but the saying ‘you can't fly without supply’ applies to every mission. As logistics specialists, our job provides the resources to ensure efficiency in every operation. There is no supply chain without logistics,” stressed Ike.

You also may be interested in...

Health Services Headquarters Marine Corps

Presentation
8/10/2017

Defense Health Board briefing about the Health Services Headquarters Marine Corps

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness

United States Transportation Command

Presentation
8/10/2017

Defense Health Briefing about the United States Transportation Command

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness

Overview of Navy Medicine

Presentation
2/9/2017

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness | Military Medical History

Tasking Update Pediatric Health Care Services

Presentation
2/9/2017

Tasking Update: Pediatric Health Care Services

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness | Access, Cost, Quality, and Safety

Deployment Health Centers Review

Presentation
11/1/2016

Deployment Health Centers Review briefing to the Defense Health Board, Nov. 1, 2016.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness

A National Trauma Care System

Presentation
8/9/2016

A National Trauma Care System: Integrating Military and Civilian Trauma Systems to Achieve Zero Preventable Deaths After Injury

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness | Research and Innovation | Access, Cost, Quality, and Safety

59th Medical Wing Mission and Initiatives

Presentation
8/9/2016

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness

Review of the Defense Health Board’s Combat Trauma Lessons Learned from Military Operations of 2001-2013 Report

Presentation
8/9/2016

The in-depth information and recommendations in the report enable [the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs] to consider approaches to enhance Combat Casualty Care.

Recommended Content:

Conditions and Treatments | Research and Innovation | Health Readiness

Reconstruction and Restoration of the Genitourinary System after Contemporary Battlefield Urotrauma

Presentation
8/9/2016

Recommended Content:

Conditions and Treatments | Health Readiness

Health Care Delivery Subcommittee Tasking Update Pediatric Clinical Preventive Services

Presentation
6/2/2016

Health Care Delivery Subcommittee Tasking Update: Pediatric Clinical Preventive Services

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness

Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program

Presentation
6/2/2016

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA Biological Technologies Office BTO Overview

Presentation
6/2/2016

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Biological Technologies Office (BTO) Overview

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness

Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers

Presentation
6/2/2016

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness

Decision Brief on Ethical Guidelines and Practices for U.S. Military Medical Professionals

Presentation
2/11/2015

Decision Brief on Ethical Guidelines and Practices for U.S. Military Medical Professionals presented to the Defense Health Board

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness

Advances in Trauma Resuscitation

Presentation
8/11/2014

Recommended Content:

Conditions and Treatments | Health Readiness
<< < 1 2 > >> 
Showing results 1 - 15 Page 1 of 2

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

Some documents are presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF reader is required for viewing. Download a PDF Reader or learn more about PDFs.