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Continuing Promise 2017

Continuing Promise is a training mission which will help strengthen regional partnerships while improving the lives of thousands in Guatemala, Honduras and Colombia. From January – April 2017, USNS Spearhead will transport U.S. military medical & construction personnel and private aid organizations to work with host nation counterparts to provide health care and community assistance projects in each nation.

USNS Spearhead at sea.

TRUJILLO, Honduras (Feb. 23, 2017) - Cmdr. Chris Crecelius, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, performs surgery at Hospital Salvador Paredes during Continuing Promise 2017 (CP-17) in Trujillo, Honduras. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brittney Cannady)

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Continuing Promise Explained

Overview

Continuing Promise is a U.S. Southern Command training mission introduced in 2007. During this year's mission, Continuing Promise personnel will conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian-civic assistance activities comprised of medical, dental, and veterinary support, as well as disaster response training to show U.S. commitment to Central and South American partner nations.

The mission strengthens partnerships and improves cooperation on many levels with partner nations, interagency organizations and nongovernmental organizations.

This 2017 deployment also improves the collective capacity to respond in support of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in the region and helps prepare USNS Spearhead to serve as a response platform anywhere in the world.

Capt. Errin Armstrong, Commander, Destroyer Squadron 40, is the Mission Commander, Commander Task Force 48 (CTF 48). Lt. Cmdr. Robert Lennon is the medical officer-in-charge. The ship’s Civil Service Master, Capt. Douglas Casavant, is responsible for the ship’s safe and timely navigation and day-to-day operations.

About USNS Spearhead

USNS Spearhead is an expeditionary fast transport ship, a U.S. Navy vessel operated by Military Sealift Command. It is a unique, highly flexible platform that can provide expeditious movement of personnel and equipment ashore to conduct humanitarian and civil assistance operations quickly and efficiently. This is the first year that Spearhead will be the deploying platform for Continuing Promise.

Medical | Dental | Veterinary Services Provided

The medical, dental, veterinary and civic action programs are designed to assist each participating host nation in providing local communities with a wide range of health services. The primary focus is treatment ashore. Patients will not receive medical care aboard the ship. Medical, veterinary and dental teams will go ashore at each location to provide a variety of medical, veterinary and dental services.

An estimated 15,000 people will be provided services that include:

  • Basic medical evaluation and treatment
  • Preventive medicine treatment
  • Dental screenings and treatment
  • Optometry screenings & eyewear distribution
  • Women’s health services
  • Veterinary services
  • Public health training (plus additional specialties as applicable)

Supporting U.S. Military Commands

Participating units include a detachment of Seabees from Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 202 (CBMU 202), to provide civic assistance as well as personnel from Destroyer Squadron 40 (DESRON 40); Navy Public Affairs Support Element (NPASE); Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC); Combat Camera Detachment (NECC DET COMCAM); U.S. Fleet Forces Band; Joint Enabling Capabilities Command (JECC) and Joint Communications Support Element (JCSE), part of U. S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM); Region Legal Service Office Southeast; U.S. Army Public Health; Navy Environmental Preventive Medicine Unit Two (NEPMU 2).

Background

This is the eighth Continuing Promise deployment to the region since 2007.

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