USNS Comfort is deploying to Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Peru to work alongside partners on a mission providing medical assistance.
The USCG Cutter Active interdicted three suspected smuggling vessels, disrupting the movement $87M of illicit narcotics during a recently completed 50-day counterdrug deployment to the Eastern Pacific.
The U.S. Air Force is working with Joint Interagency Task Force-South to combat the illegal trafficking of drugs and weapons onto American soil. (Links to Airmen Magazine)
Navy Vice Adm. Craig S. Faller testifies at his nomination hearing to become the next commander of U.S. Southern Command, Washington, D.C., Sept.25, 2018. (DoD image)


Navy Lt. Kimberly Edgel (right) and Carmen Lucas examine a positive malaria blood smear at U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit, or NAMRU, 6 in Callao, Peru. NAMRU-6 studies malaria infection, diagnosis and treatment and is the only U.S. command in South America.
Navy Entomologists Team Up to Build Disease Detection Capacity in Honduras
By Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center | Oct. 12, 2018
Entomologists from the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 (NAMRU-6) and the Navy Entomology Center of Excellence (NECE) partnered with Joint Task Force-Bravo Medical Element (JTF-B MEDEL) preventive medicine to develop a disease detection capability for the region. This cutting-edge work is supported by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Board-Global Emerging Infections Surveillance (GEIS).

U.S. Navy Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133, review a drilling manual during water well drilling exploration operations in Riohacha, Colombia, Sept. 1, 2018 as part of Southern Partnership Station 2018. Southern Partnership Station is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted annual deployment focused on subject matter expert exchanges and building partner capacity in a variety of disciplines including medicine, construction and dive operations in the Caribbean, Central and South America.  (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kalie Frantz)
U.S. Navy Seabees Complete Well Drilling Operations in Colombia
By Southern Partnership Station 2018 Public Affairs | Oct. 11, 2018
RIOHACHA, Colombia (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 completed water-well drilling exploration operations Oct. 3 in the rural community of Riohacha, Colombia as part of Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2018.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks with Mexican Army Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, the secretary of national defense, during an armed forces parade in Mexico City, Sept. 15, 2017. DOD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr
Democracy Providing Stability, Security in the Hemisphere, Mattis Says in Mexico
By Jim Garamone | Oct. 9, 2018
Democracy is succeeding in Latin America and can be a beacon to the rest of the world, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said at the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas in Cancun, Mexico.

Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd passes the Old Goat Award decanter to Vice Adm. Bill Lescher during an unofficial ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard. The award is held by the oldest Naval Academy graduate still on active service. Tidd was with the class of 1978, Lescher the class of 1980. DOD photo by Jim Garamone
Passing the Decanter, the U.S. Naval Academy Way
By Jim Garamone | Oct. 8, 2018
The reign of the Naval Academy’s Class of 1978 is over as Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd passed the Old Goat Award decanter to Vice Adm. Bill Lescher during a ceremony at the Navy Yard.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Rosa Vasquez (left) and Lt. Col. Rex Monif, dental assistant and dentist assigned to the Joint Task Force Bravo Medical Element perform a dental procedure on a young patient at the Catholic University Dental School in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Sept. 7, 2018. The dental readiness mission has been taking place in Honduras yearly since 2001 and was developed from a MEDEL initiative to preserve first molars among children in remote communities that were visited during medical readiness training exercises. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Pinel)
Regional Health Command Central provides pediatric dental services in Honduras
By Maria Pinel | Oct. 2, 2018
The U.S. Army Regional Health Command Central (RHC-C) deployed a Multi-Specialty Surgical Dental team to work with Joint Task Force Bravo Medical Element (MEDEL) personnel at the Catholic University Dental School in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, from the 2nd to the 14th of September, and provided pediatric dental services to school children while enhancing their mission readiness skills and providing humanitarian assistance.





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Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd is the 23rd commander of SOUTHCOM. He assumed command Jan. 14, 2016.

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