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Forces from the U.S. and 21 partner nations are conducting Caribbean-focused security training during the Tradewinds 2018 exercise in the Bahamas.
U.S. medical personnel from across the Air Force held a health services administration subject matter expert exchange with the Chilean Air Force at Hospital Clínico, Santiago, June 4-8.
A recap of the humanitarian U.S. Air Force mission to airlift 6 Guatemalan children injured by eruption of the Fuego Volcano to Texas for treatment this week.
From March - August 2018, U.S. military personnel are deployed to El Salvador and Panama to conduct humanitarian civic assistance exercises as part of the Beyond the Horizon & New Horizons exercise programs.
Approximately 300 U.S. Marines and Sailors with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, the rapid response force assigned to U.S. Southern Command, arrived in Latin America, June 1.

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U.S. Army Staff Sgt.Tyrone Hamilton, left, the forward support noncommissioned officer in charge with Joint Task Force - Bravo's 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, and U.S. Marine Cpl. Tyler Slaggert, a field radio operator with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, link their communications equipment together to secure reliable voice communication during a communications exercise aboard Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, to prepare for future joint-level operations, June 19, 2018. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are conducting security cooperation training and engineering projects alongside partner nation military forces in Central and South America. The unit is also on standby to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the event of a hurricane or other emergency in the region.
Comm links up: SPMAGTF-SC, JTF-Bravo communicators learn to work together
By Sgt. Booker Thomas | June 21, 2018
Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command’s communications section met up with their counterparts in Joint Task Force Bravo's 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment communications section to sync their equipment in preparation for future joint-level operations in Latin America and the Caribbean, June 19.

Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard inspect and assess HMMWVs along with the Ecuadorian Army in Quito, Ecuador on June 4, 2018. This visit was part of the State Partnership Program between Kentucky National Guard and Ecuadorian Military, which is focused on conducting exchanges in military and civilian best practices. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Alexa Becerra)
Kentucky maintenance team visits Ecuadorian military
By Staff Sgt. Alexa Becerra, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment | June 20, 2018
QUITO, ECUADOR – The Ecuadorian military hosted a team of Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard recently during a military-to-military event through the State Partnership Program.

Volunteers, students, and U.S. service members clean up trash and debris as part of Friendship Day at a Beyond the Horizon 2018 school construction site in the area of Zacatecoluca, El Salvador, June 15, 2018. The original school building was cluttered with debris such as scrap metal, wood and trash (Army photo by Sgt. Walter H. Lowell)
Task Force Hope attended Friendship Day celebration in El Salvador
By Sgt. Walter Lowell, 106th Public Affairs Detachment | June 19, 2018
ZACATECOLUCA, El Salvador – Service members with Combined Joint Task Force - Hope, Operation Beyond the Horizon 2018, El Salvador, attended a Friendship Day celebration at one of its construction sites on June 15.

Tech. Sgt. Andres Tovar, 824th Base Defense Squadron security forces, assesses and advises the Costa Rican air vigilance service on fundamentals of counter narcotic detection training, during a three-week building partnership capacity mission with the SVA, May 16 to June 9, 2018. The mobility training team's mission was to train and advise the SVA in aircraft interdiction, aircraft maintenance, base defense and dog handling as they continue to counter illicit drug trafficking throughout the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Elizondo)
Air Advisors conduct first-ever BPC mission in Costa Rica
By Capt. LaDarian Outsey | June 19, 2018
The 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron recently conducted their first-ever mission to the Central American country of Costa Rica. The nine member team, executed a three-week building partnership capacity mission with the air vigilance service, of SVA, from May 16 through June 9, 2018.

U.S. and Chilean air force medical personnel gather for a group photo during a health services administration subject matter expert exchange with the Chilean Air Force at the Hospital Clínico, Santiago, June 4-8. Key U.S. and Chilean air force military health specialists discussed ways to improve medical administration practices, marking the first time this type of exchange has taken place in Chile. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danny Rangel)
U.S. and Chilean air force conduct health services administration subject matter expert exchange
By Staff Sgt. Danny Rangel | June 18, 2018
U.S. medical personnel from across the Air Force held a health services administration subject matter expert exchange with the Chilean air force at Hospital Clínico, Santiago, June 4-8.

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