Ileana Najarro - Military and People in Business Reporter

Military and People in Business Reporter

I’m a journalist because I believe in the power of stories. My own story begins with my Salvadoran parents fleeing the violence of war. There are chapters of joy, tragedy, hope and perseverance in my hometown of Los Angeles. There are scenes in Washington D.C., New York and Mexico City. There’s a whole adventure in Houston. My story now continues in Tampa where I hope to find and share the stories of those serving and who have served in the military, their families, their communities, as well as the tales of the bay’s diverse residents.

  1. Col. Steve Snelson, commander of the 6th Air Mobility Wing at MacDill Air Force Base, talks with reporters on August 29, 2019. [Times (2019)]
  2. David Eliasson, 48, Tampa, owner of Snack Attack Vending, has seen his sales shrink 50 percent since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. He services 250 accounts around Tampa Bay. He poses at home May 19, 2020, with his van that carries his inventory snacks and drinks [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  3. Romulo "Romy" Camargo, retired Army Special Forces Chief Warrant Officer, poses for a portrait with his wife, Gabriela Camargo at the Stay in Step brain spinal cord injury recovery center, which they both run. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
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  5. A sign notifying vehicle of a Coronavirus roadside screening checkpoint as vehicles enter the Bay Pines VA Hospital at Bay Pines VA, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd, on Monday, March 16, 2020 in Bay Pines. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  6. Dora Chance, the widow of Owin Chance, sits in the front pew for his funeral service on May 8 in Wildwood. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  7. Health care workers wave as they watch from the parking garage of St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg as a KC-135 Stratotanker flies overhead Friday. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  8. MacDill Air Force base plans to have two KC-135 Stratotankers fly over Tampa Bay hospitals on Friday. [Times]
  9. A camera is aimed at a stage and podium as staffers test video conferencing equipment for the first ever virtual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. The conference runs through Friday. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  10. Howard Strahan tests video conferencing equipment to be used during the first virtual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference. It is the largest defense industry conference for U.S. Special Operations Command and will be held online and broadcasting from SOFWERX in Ybor City.  On May 6, SOFIC staff members work out the technical details for the online event. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  11. Dr. Anthony Hassan, president & CEO of the Cohen Veterans Network, gives remarks during the opening ceremony of the Florida Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Aspire Health Partners in Tampa in 2019. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   TIMES  |  Times]
  12. Nancy Glover, a Goodwill employee of 13 years at the store on Brandon Boulevard disinfects and stocks merchandise. The store plans to reopen on Sunday after Florida Governor DeSantis announced plans to let more businesses serve customers in person. Goodwill staff were disinfecting merchandise, stocking shelves and put several social distancing measures in place on Thursday. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  13. Florida National Guard Spc. John Larson, with the Florida Medical Detachment, retrieves a sample from a patient at a COVID-19 community-based testing site in Broward County on March 19. [SGT. MICHAEL BALTZ  |  107th Mobile Public Affairs Deta]
  14. Grey skies did not stop tens of thousands of people from attending the MacDill Air Force Base 2018 AirFest as they watch the world famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times (2018)]
  15. A sign notifying a vehicle of a coronavirus roadside screening checkpoint as vehicles enter the Bay Pines VA Hospital in Bay Pines. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  16. The James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital is participating in a national study on using recovered COVID-19 patients' antibodies to treat those still suffering from the virus.
  17. Jazmyn Fernandez, of Tampa, had to postpone her quinceañera, the Latin American 15th birthday celebration that marks her transition from childhood. The coronavirus pandemic has made it impossible for the family to gather with extended relatives and friends. The party has been moved to June and although Jazmyn is disappointed, she's excited to celebrate soon. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  18. Electrician Eric Shaffer re-routes power while working at American Legion Post 152 on Friday in Town 'n' Country. American Legion Post 152 on Friday in Town 'n' Country. The post is under renovation while it's closed due to state stay-at-home orders. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars are finding other ways to stay in touch with veterans and get them needed services. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  19. Air Force Reserve airmen of the 927th Air Refueling Wing Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron loads up at MacDill Air Force Base to join in the global Air Force Reserve Command mission to transport and treat COVID-19 patients around the world. Doctors and nurses of the 927th reserve wing will fly to a staging area in South Carolina where they will join others to be deployed to cities in need of assistance. A C-17 aircraft picked up the crew and their gear on Wednesday in Tampa. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  20. Apr. 15• CENTRO
    Lurvin Lizardo posa para un retrato fuera de su casa. Lizardo perdió recientemente su trabajo como empleada doméstica debido a la pandemia de Coronavirus, en Town 'n' Country. [ [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  21. Farmworkers maintain their distance while harvesting a field of blueberries at Starkey Blueberry Farms in Trinity. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  22. Lara Goldstein (middle, with Heather Meglino and Jennifer Petrash) graduated from the University of South Florida in 2008 and found work quickly. But after a year, her freelance production work dried up. [Courtesy of Lara Goldstein]
  23. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a clinical pharmacist at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in her age discrimination suit. [Times (2014)]
  24. James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital is among Florida medical centers that would receive a refrigerated morgue trailer under a contract solicitation last week from the Department Of Veterans Affairs.