Her coworkers across the plant have been asking, “where’s Becky?” as they realized the absence of Process Engineer Becky Jensen (Becky) since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Two recent letters the Refinery received revealed the answer. Letters from California’s Major General of the Military Department in Sacramento and Commander of the Department of the Air Force Headquarters lauded Torrance Refining Company (TORC) for its support of military personnel serving in active duty. This is the second time the company has received such commendation for supporting employees who actively serve in our nation’s Armed Forces and the California National Guard.

The Colonel expressed her gratitude for Becky – aka Sergeant Jensen – who has been on active guard duty for the past 15 months, for her demonstrated invaluable leadership in support of communities devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Remarkably, Sergeant Jensen successfully accomplished her duties while simultaneously completing a Master’s degree program from University of Southern California.

As an enlisted leader, Sergeant Jensen has been responsible for personnel issues, guiding the morale, health, welfare development and pay of airmen while supporting the feeding of 2000+ families per day and enhancing bonds with the local community. She led the COVID-19 Strike Team Taskforce that created 2,000 hygiene kits, managed hospital decompression and hospital overflow capacity for the population in support of eight different counties in the state. Sergeant Jensen also served as a non-commissioned officer in charge of 13 members at Goleta/Santa Barbara Food Bank Mission and managed the Auxiliary Food Bank Warehouse, which included conducting 400 hours as a certified forklift instructor, a crucial task for the food bank.

As with all active service members and veterans who have served before her, TORC is proud of its employees’ service to our nation. The company thanks them for answering the call to duty, and specifically, in Sergeant Jensen’s case, for her outstanding leadership to provide life-saving services for communities especially challenged during this unprecedented time of COVID-19.