HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (WDAM) – This week, Governor Tate Reeves traveled to different parts of the state to present awards to the Mississippi National Guard for their efforts in the fight against COVID-19.

Reeves stopped at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg on Wednesday, where he said their work at all mass vaccination sites across the state has been nothing short of exceptional.

“This is really to say thank you to these men and women of the Mississippi National Guard, the Mississippi Department of Health, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency,” Reeves said. “Their efforts to get the Mississippians vaccinated have been heroic.”

Reeves introduced them to plagues and metals for their hard work. He said nearly a million people who were vaccinated at one of the state’s mass vaccination sites would attest to their hard work.

“Without exception they brag about the efficiency and the kind of people we had in uniform who got people through very quickly, and I’m so proud of these people and I want to come and thank her personally and each of them.” Said Reeves.

Sgt. Alexus Caster returned from deployment and immediately began work to combat COVID-19. She said it was a revival.

“Because honestly at first I didn’t think it was that bad,” Caster said. “As for the deployment and arrival in the United States and the sight of COVID, I didn’t think it was as big as it was and it started with testing and having my own test sight. It was a little hard. “

But now she sees the big picture and said it was great to see all of her hard work appreciated.

“Just seeing how grateful people were, they brought us donuts to let us know how grateful they were,” Caster said. “It was great and for the governor to pin me himself today was a great feeling.”

Reeves also presented awards to Tupelo on Tuesday and will present more to Jackson on Thursday.

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