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Beyond the Horizon | New Horizons 2018

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, troops specializing in engineering, construction and health care are providing services to select communities while conducting valuable deployment training and building important relationships with partner nations.

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An Air Force engineer assembles a roof
U.S. Air Force Capt. Anthony Williams, 346th Air Expeditionary Group Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer member who is deployed from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., assembles a roof May 21, 2018 at a construction site in Meteti, Panama. Williams is participating in Exercise New Horizons 20 ...More
An Air Force engineer assembles a roof
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Vince Catalfamo, 346th Air Expeditionary Group Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer member who is deployed from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., assembles a roof May 21, 2018 at a construction site in Meteti, Panama. Catalfamo is participating in Exercise New Horiz ...More
An Air Force engineer assembles a roof
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jorge Meza, 346th Air Expeditionary Group Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer member who is deployed from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., assembles a roof May 20, 2018 at a construction site in Meteti, Panama. Meza is participating in Exercise New Horizons 2018, w ...More
An Air Force doctor examines a child in Panama.
U.S. Air Force Maj. Eldon Palmer, 346th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron pediatrician, checks the health of a child May 11, 2018 in the Coclé Province of Panama. So far, in 2-weeks’ worth of Medical Readiness Training Exercises the teams, working in conjunction with the Panamanian Ministry of Health, have seen ...More
An Air Force doctor talks to a Panamanian family.
U.S. Air Force Maj. Christopher Segura, 346th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron pediatrician, speaks to a family May 11, 2018 in the Coclé Province of Panama. . So far, in 2-weeks’ worth of Medical Readiness Training Exercises the teams, working in conjunction with the Panamanian Ministry of Health, have seen n ...More
An Air Force engineer assembles a roof
An Air Force engineer assembles a roof
An Air Force engineer assembles a roof
An Air Force doctor examines a child in Panama.
An Air Force doctor talks to a Panamanian family.

LATEST IMAGERY FROM BEYOND THE HORIZON 2018

LATEST IMAGERY FROM NEW HORIZONS 2018

Overview

Beyond the Horizon and New Horizons are U.S. Southern Command-sponsored, joint-foreign military humanitarian civic assistance exercises. During the exercises, U.S. troops work with host nation counterparts and a variety of governmental and non-governmental agencies to train in civil-military operations skill sets while providing medical and dental care and engineering support to local populations. 

The exercises are planned and coordinated closely with multiple agencies and host nation governments to creatively address the level and scope of medical care and engineering assistance required.

U.S. Army South is the executive agent for the Beyond the Horizon exercise in El Salvador. The New Horizons exercise in Panama is led by U.S. Air Forces Southern.

Deploying U.S. Personnel

Hundreds of U.S. service members, representing National Guard, Active and Reserve forces from all services are in El Salvador and Panama at any one time during each exercise. The make-up of the forces is primarily U.S. military engineers and medical professionals.

Beyond the Horizon and New Horizons require units to carefully plan and conduct logistical operations to support these deployments to remote regions. Such mobilization and real-world execution provides unparalleled training that cannot be simulated in the United States.

About Medical Services Provided

During both exercises, U.S. military health care professionals are working with host nation medical personnel to provide general and specialized medical and dental services to thousands of citizens requiring care. The training events enhance the medical readiness training of U.S. forces and provide sustained health benefits to the population.

About Engineering Support & Construction Projects

U.S. military civil engineers are working with counterparts from each nation to provide construction and renovation services in select communities.

Projects in El Salvador

Five engineering projects: Four schools and one clinic.

Projects in Panama

Five engineering projects: Three schools, two clinics and one community center

Background

Beyond the Horizon is a joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise. Begun in 2008, Beyond the Horizon continues U.S. Southern Command’s proud legacy of humanitarian civic assistance exercise programs in the region.

New Horizons is an annual series of joint and combined humanitarian assistance exercises that U.S. Southern Command conducts in Latin American and Caribbean nations. Since New Horizons began in the mid-1980s, U.S. troops have deployed annually for the exercise.

The governments of each participating nation, the U.S. Department of State, and Department of Defense carefully evaluate and approve these exercises.

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