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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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A Salvadoran girl gets dental care during a medical readiness training exercise June 24, 2018,
A Salvadoran girl gets dental care during a medical readiness training exercise June 24, 2018, at Centro Escolar Canton La Esperanza de Olocuilta, El Salvador. The MEDRET is part of U.S. Army South-led Beyond the Horizon exercise lasting May 12 through August 4. The exercise involves about 1,800 Soldiers of all compone ...More
Salvadoran citizens check-in for medical treatment by U.S. military doctors.
ZACATECOLUCA, El Salvador - Medical staff from Combined Joint Task Force Hope check in local nationals during a Medical Readiness Training Exercise in Canton Espino Abajo as part of Beyond the Horizon 2018 May 28. Beyond the Horizon 2018 is a combined readiness exercise between U.S. Southern Command and El Salvador whi ...More
U.S. Ambassador in El Salvador Jean Elizabeth Manes meets with a Salvadoran student.
U.S. Ambassador in El Salvador Jean Elizabeth Manes meets with a Salvadoran student during 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. The 15th of ...More
Volunteers, students, and U.S. service members clean up trash.
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. ...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 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 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 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
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Derrick Kooker, a medical provider with the Wyoming National Guard assigned to Beyond the Horizon 2017, checks the inner ear canal of a patient during a medical readiness event held at Macal River Park in San Ignacio, Belize May 8, 2017. This is the second of three health events held by BTH 2017. Beyond the Horizon is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored, Army South-led exercise designed to provide humanitarian and engineering services to communities in need, demonstrating U.S. support for Belize.
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Derrick Kooker, a medical provider with the Wyoming National Guard assigned to Beyond the Horizon 2017, checks the inner ear canal of a patient during a medical readiness event held at Macal River Park in San Ignacio, Belize May 8, 2017. This is the second of three health events held by BTH 2017. Bey ...More
U.S. Army dental staff, with the Wyoming National Guard Medical Detachment, remove the tooth of a Belizean boy during a medical readiness event held in San Ignacio, Belize, May 09, 2017. This is the second of three medical events that are scheduled to take place during Beyond the Horizon 2017. BTH 2017 is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored, Army South-led exercise designed to provide humanitarian and engineering services to communities in need, demonstrating U.S. support for Belize. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joshua E. Powell)
U.S. Army dental staff, with the Wyoming National Guard Medical Detachment, remove the tooth of a Belizean boy during a medical readiness event held in San Ignacio, Belize, May 09, 2017. This is the second of three medical events that are scheduled to take place during Beyond the Horizon 2017. BTH 2017 is a U.S. Southe ...More
Pfc. Alfredo Ponce, a carpenter with the 808th Engineer Company, levels a cinder block on the foundation of a new medical clinic April 15, 2017, during a construction project at Double Head Cabbage, Belize as part of Beyond the Horizon 2017.  The construction project is one of five scheduled for Beyond the Horizon 2017, a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored, Army South-led exercise designed to provide humanitarian and engineering services to local communities in Belize. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Fredrick Varney, 131st Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
Pfc. Alfredo Ponce, a carpenter with the 808th Engineer Company, levels a cinder block on the foundation of a new medical clinic April 15, 2017, during a construction project at Double Head Cabbage, Belize as part of Beyond the Horizon 2017. The construction project is one of five scheduled for Beyond the Horizon 2017 ...More
Spc. Dariel Morales with the 471st Engineer Company (Vertical), an Army Reserve unit from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, pounds a stake in the ground while setting up tents in the living quarter’s area for personnel participating in Beyond the Horizon 2017 at Price Barracks, Belize on March 14, 2017. BTH 2017 is a partnership exercise between U.S. Army South and the Belize government that will consist of various medical events and construction projects throughout Belize.
Spc. Dariel Morales with the 471st Engineer Company (Vertical), an Army Reserve unit from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, pounds a stake in the ground while setting up tents in the living quarter’s area for personnel participating in Beyond the Horizon 2017 at Price Barracks, Belize on March 14, 2017. BTH 2017 is a partnership ...More
U.S. Army South, in partnership with the Belize Defence Force (BDF), and the Ministries of Defence, Health, and Education are proud to announce “Beyond the Horizon 2017” (BTH), a collaborative training exercise involving numerous U.S., Belizean, and international participants.BTH will provide free medical and dental services, as well as build medical and educational facilities from March 25, 2017 and is scheduled to end the second week of June, 2017.
U.S. Army South, in partnership with the Belize Defence Force (BDF), and the Ministries of Defence, Health, and Education are proud to announce “Beyond the Horizon 2017” (BTH), a collaborative training exercise involving numerous U.S., Belizean, and international participants.BTH will provide free medical and dental se ...More
A Salvadoran girl gets dental care during a medical readiness training exercise June 24, 2018,
Salvadoran citizens check-in for medical treatment by U.S. military doctors.
U.S. Ambassador in El Salvador Jean Elizabeth Manes meets with a Salvadoran student.
Volunteers, students, and U.S. service members clean up trash.
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 talks to a Panamanian family.
An Air Force doctor examines a child in Panama.
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Derrick Kooker, a medical provider with the Wyoming National Guard assigned to Beyond the Horizon 2017, checks the inner ear canal of a patient during a medical readiness event held at Macal River Park in San Ignacio, Belize May 8, 2017. This is the second of three health events held by BTH 2017. Beyond the Horizon is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored, Army South-led exercise designed to provide humanitarian and engineering services to communities in need, demonstrating U.S. support for Belize.
U.S. Army dental staff, with the Wyoming National Guard Medical Detachment, remove the tooth of a Belizean boy during a medical readiness event held in San Ignacio, Belize, May 09, 2017. This is the second of three medical events that are scheduled to take place during Beyond the Horizon 2017. BTH 2017 is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored, Army South-led exercise designed to provide humanitarian and engineering services to communities in need, demonstrating U.S. support for Belize. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joshua E. Powell)
Pfc. Alfredo Ponce, a carpenter with the 808th Engineer Company, levels a cinder block on the foundation of a new medical clinic April 15, 2017, during a construction project at Double Head Cabbage, Belize as part of Beyond the Horizon 2017.  The construction project is one of five scheduled for Beyond the Horizon 2017, a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored, Army South-led exercise designed to provide humanitarian and engineering services to local communities in Belize. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Fredrick Varney, 131st Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
Spc. Dariel Morales with the 471st Engineer Company (Vertical), an Army Reserve unit from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, pounds a stake in the ground while setting up tents in the living quarter’s area for personnel participating in Beyond the Horizon 2017 at Price Barracks, Belize on March 14, 2017. BTH 2017 is a partnership exercise between U.S. Army South and the Belize government that will consist of various medical events and construction projects throughout Belize.
U.S. Army South, in partnership with the Belize Defence Force (BDF), and the Ministries of Defence, Health, and Education are proud to announce “Beyond the Horizon 2017” (BTH), a collaborative training exercise involving numerous U.S., Belizean, and international participants.BTH will provide free medical and dental services, as well as build medical and educational facilities from March 25, 2017 and is scheduled to end the second week of June, 2017.

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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