Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Torrence K. Strothers, a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, has been selected for Junior Sailor of the Quarter aboard the USS Carl Vinson. Strothers is serving as a surgical technologist and is responsible for the sterility of the operating room and being the “third hand” to the surgeon during medical procedures.
“I’m the person that you see in medical drama TV shows handing instruments to the surgeon,” said Strothers. “That’s the simplest way to describe what I do.”
As Vinson undergoes an extensive maintenance period in Bremerton, Washington to make upgrades and prepare for future deployments, Strothers has been working very hard with the medical department to ensure the safety and wellness of the crew. In May, these efforts were recognized when he was selected for Junior Sailor of the Quarter, an award given to Sailors who go above and beyond the call of duty and demonstrate the highest standards of work ethic and military bearing.
“It means a lot just to be nominated, so winning has really superseded my expectations,” said Strothers. “I believe that I was selected for Junior Sailor of the Quarter because I represent not only the medical department but also the hard work and dedication of the USS Carl Vinson as a whole.”
Strothers said he has enjoyed his Navy career so far and is grateful to have the support of his community back home.
“I am very proud to be from Chesapeake, Virginia and I am thankful for all the support I have received from my friends and family back home.”
Strothers said his hope is to eventually commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps.