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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. James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa has a women’s center with a dedicated entrance for women veterans and their families.
  2. Pamela Thompson, owner of My Shade and Texture.
  3. Jan. 13• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Hundreds of National Guard troops hold inside the Capitol Visitor's Center to reinforce security at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday. The House of Representatives is pursuing an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump for encouraging an angry mob that stormed the Capitol last week.
  4. 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.
  5. A COVID-19 testing operation is run outside the Headquarters 6th Medical Group at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa on Thursday, July 16, 2020.
  6. A Florida National Guard member helps with directing seniors receiving the COVID-19 vaccination in the parking lot of the Gulf View Square Mall in New Port Richey.
  7. Jill Rice, 64, is pictured in her shop, Zaiya ArtiZen Market, in Gulfport, Florida, earlier this year, when the fate of her shop was uncertain. She joked that she wished she had a crystal ball.
  8. U.S. Army veteran Sara Ferrera, 29, of Brandon, puts on gloves to protect herself while she spraying chemicals on farm fields at University of Florida's Gulf Coast Research And Education Center in Wimauma, on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.
  9. 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.
  10. ANGELIQUE HERRING   |   Times
Petty Officer 3rd Class Dakota Hollingsworth, on left, rushes to beat Master Sgt. Kenneth Guin, on right, to the ball during a rugby match between Navy and Army at the Warrior Games on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 in Tampa.
  11. F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina fly in formation to receive air refueling support from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to MacDill Air Force Base on Dec. 1, 2020.
  12. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, watches as Ramon Docobo, Asst. Director of the Pharmacy at Tampa General Hospital, removes the COVID-19 vaccine from boxes Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.  (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  13. Retired Gen. Lloyd Austin III,  former commander of U.S. Central Command headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa is President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of Defense.  [ZACK WITTMAN | Times]
  14. Visitors look at the names of those killed in the massacre at El Mozote, where about 1,000 people died in December 1981.
  15. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels, practicing here for an earlier show at MacDill Air Force Base, have committed to perform at the base during the next AirFest. The event is expected to attract 200,000 people. [

SKIP O'ROURKE   |   Times, 2007]
  16. Jeffrey Rhodes, funeral director at Ray Williams Funeral Home Rhodes and Northern, wheels a coffin into the chapel. The funeral home is a Black-owned business, which has served the community since 1930, on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 in Tampa.
  17. Entrance to the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System campus in St. Petersburg. [Times file (2014)]
  18. El empleado de Cargo Honduras Manuel Andrade cargando un contenedor de la compañía con atyuda para los afectados de Honduraspor el huracan Eta y el Huracán Iota. La compañía de envios y el restaurante Catracho estéan recibiendo juguetes y artículos de primera necesidad.
  19. A bulldozer dumps a load of trash into a burn pit 300 yards from the runway at Bagram Airfield, the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan. This pit and others at the base were replaced later by a $5.5 million trash disposal plant.
  20. The main entrance to MacDill Air Force Base.
  21. Cargo Honduras employee Manuel Andrade loads a shipping container at the company in Tampa, Tuesday, November 17, 2020, with relief items for the people of Honduras who were affected by Hurricane Eta. The company is collecting donated items and will send several containers to the area.
  22. James A. Haley Veterans Hospital and Clinics atiende a 93,000 personas en toda la Bahía de Tampa.
  23. James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital and clinics serve 93,000 people throughout Tampa Bay.