Testing the Waters in Djibouti
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Pavlicek is a microbiologist assigned to the Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, and the current director of the microbiology laboratory of Naval Medical Research Unit-Three on Camp, Lemonnier, Djibouti, where she is deployed to protect service members from infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and Avian influenza.
Pavlicek, who has a doctorate in microbiology, is taking advantage of her deployment to conduct critical research on animal health and water sources around Djibouti. This research is potentially beneficial to the local shepherds and goat herders to make sure that their livestock remains disease-free.