Geoff is a senior staff reporter for Military Times, focusing on the Navy. He covered Iraq and Afghanistan extensively and was most recently a reporter at the Chicago Tribune. He welcomes any and all kinds of tips at email@example.com.
The pace of operations and Big Navy’s COVID suppression measures are placing added stress and strain upon sailors and raising questions in some circles about retention and the material readiness of Navy ships, compounding issues that existed well before the pandemic.
A petty officer at a Norfolk shore command said he has spent the past year wondering if the next shipmate coming through the door has COVID-19, while also helping sailors understand what to do if they suspect they are positive and shouldering more work when others needed to isolate.