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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. delivered an Emergency Operations Center to Peru to increase the region's disaster response capacity. The center was built by SOUTHCOM through its Humanitarian Assistance Program.
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)

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181009-N-CE622-0352 LA UNION, El Salvador (Oct. 9, 2018) Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Osei Bonsu, from Bronx, N.Y., participates in a nasopharyngeal airway application subject matter expert exchange at Destacamento Militar Numero 3 (DM-3) with Salvadoran military professionals during Southern Partnership Station 2018. DM-3 is a military detachment that supports the operations of Salvadoran military professionals. 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. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katie Cox/Released)
U.S. Navy Medical Team Begins Subject Matter Expert Exchanges in El Salvador
By Petty Officer 3rd Class Katie Cox | Oct. 17, 2018
U.S. Navy medical professionals assigned to Southern Partnership Station’s (SPS) Fleet Health Engagement Team (FHET) landed in El Salvador Oct. 3 to participate in subject matter expert exchanges (SMEE) and partner capacity building engagements with El Salvadorian military professionals in La Union as part of SPS 2018.

U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command's Enduring Promise initiative.  Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants.  The development reflects the United States' enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel E. Gheesling/Released)
Preventive Healthcare: Comfort's Plan Heading into First Stop
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Waldrop | Oct. 17, 2018
CARIBBEAN SEA (NNS) -- Moving closer to providing care in the first country of an 11-week medical mission in support of Enduring Promise 2018, providers and corpsmen aboard hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) are eager to execute a major initiative­ — preventive health care.

101318-N-FG807-1053 ATLANTIC OCEAN (October 13, 2018) Sailors, aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), conduct stretcher bearer training during a mass casualty drill. Comfort is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin Alexondra Lowe/Released)
USNS Comfort Conducts Mass Casualty Training Exercise
By Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Benjamin Liston | Oct. 16, 2018
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 13, 2018) – Doctors, nurses and other embarked medical personnel aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) conducted a mass casualty training exercise in preparation for visiting medical sites in Central and South America, Oct. 13, 2018.

181013-N-LL146-1110 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 13, 2018) – The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) transits south on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Scott Bigley/Released)
USNS Comfort Departs for Medical Assistance Mission in South and Central America
By | Oct. 15, 2018
U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departed Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, Oct. 10, on an 11-week medical assistance mission to South and Central America where personnel will work closely with host-nation health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras.

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).

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