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Continuing Promise 2018

Continuing Promise is a training mission to help strengthen regional partnerships while improving the lives of thousands of people in Honduras, Guatemala, and Colombia. From March – May 2018, U.S. military medical personnel will be transported to each nation by USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) to work with host nation counterparts and aid workers to provide medical and dental care, preventive medicine, and veterinary consulting.

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A Navy doctor performs an ultrasound for a pregnant Guatemalan woman.
PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala (April 17, 2018) Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Lee, of Phoenix, Arizona, performs an ultrasound for a pregnant Guatemalan woman in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deployed a force to execute Continuing Promise to conduct civil ...More
A U.S. Army veterinarian treats a water buffalo.
180417-N-HB733-0677 PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala (April 17, 2018) Pfc. Collin Hodkins of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, gives a water buffalo deworming medicine at the Hacienda La Providencia Farm in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deployed a f ...More
A U.S. Army veterinarian treats a water buffalo.
180417-N-HB733-0246 PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala (April 17, 2018) Pfc. Collin Hodkins of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, gives a water buffalo deworming medicine at the Hacienda La Providencia Farm in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala during Continuing Promise 2018 . U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deployed a ...More
A Navy doctors plays with a child.
180416-N-HB733-0062 PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala (April 16, 2018) Lt. Cmdr. Jason Souza, of Bolton, Massachusetts, asks a Guatemalan girl to give a thumbs up during a post "trigger finger" surgery appointment at the Expeditionary Medical Unit during Continuing Promise 2018 in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. U.S. Naval Forces ...More
Military medical officials talk.
180418-N-VK873-0546 PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala (April 18, 2018) Capt. Angel Cruz, Commodore of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 40, shows Guatemalan military personnel photos at the Expeditionary Medical Unit in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has de ...More
A child smiles.
180418-N-VK873-0436 PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala (April 18, 2018) A Guatemalan child introduces himself to distinguished visitors at the Izabal Sports Complex medical site in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deployed a force to execute Continui ...More
U.S. military dentist treat a patient in Guatemala.
180418-N-HB733-0187 PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala (April 18, 2018) Lt. Cmdr. Clarence Tang, of Edmonton, Canada, performs a tooth extraction while volunteers and U.S. Navy Sailors observe at the Izabal Sports Complex medical site in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Comma ...More
Military officials tour a clinic.
180418-N-VK873-0198 PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala (April 18, 2018) Distinguished visitors take a tour of the Hospital Infantil Elisa Martinez in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deployed a force to execute Continuing Promise to conduct civil-mil ...More
A doctor examines a child in Guatemala.
180418-N-VK873-0341 PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala (April 18, 2018) Dean Tanner of Team Rubicon, examines a Guatemalan child at the Izabal Sports Complex medical site in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deployed a force to execute Continuing Prom ...More
Military leaders shake hands.
180408-N-UP035-0226 PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala (April 08, 2018) Capt. Angel Cruz, Commodore of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 40, greets Guatemalan Navy officials at the opening ceremony of Continuing Promise 2018's Guatemala visit at the Comando Naval de Carribe Naval Base in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. U.S. Naval Forces S ...More
Military leaders stand in formation.
180408-N-UP035-0178 PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala (April 08, 2018) Capt. Angel Cruz, Commodore of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 40, stands with Chaplain Michael Vitcavich; Base Commanding Officer, Capt. Navio Pineda; Vivian Cordon, Director of Public Health; and Col. M. Lopez at the opening ceremony of Continuing Promise 201 ...More
A military doctor hows a Guatemalan girl model teeth.
PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala (April 9, 2018) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Johnathan King, of Fort Washington, Maryland, shows a Guatemalan girl model teeth at the Izabal Sports Complex medical site in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deployed a ...More
Military dentists treat a patient in Guatemala.
PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala (April 9, 2018) Hospitalman Nicholas Bond, of Eerie, Pennsylvania, (l) assists Lt. Jannon Vanallen during a dental exam at the Izabal Sports Complex medical site in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deployed a force ...More
A doctor checks a patient in Guatemala
PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala (April 9, 2018) Hospitalman Patrick DeWilde of Anchorage, Alaska, checks a Guatemalan patient's vital signs at the Izabal Sports Complex medical site in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deployed a force to execute ...More
Doctors check a patient in Guatemala.
180409-N-UP035-0136 PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala (April 09, 2018) Lt. Cmdr. Clarence Tang assesses a 4-year old Guatemalan boy for suitability for cleft palate surgery at the expeditionary medical unit in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deploy ...More
Doctors perform surgery on a patient in Guatemala.
PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala (April 10, 2018) U.S. Navy and Guatemalan medical professionals amputate a diabetic patient's leg at the Hospital de Puerto Barrios in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deployed a force to execute Continuing Promise ...More
A Navy officer teaches a  Basic Life Support class to Guatemalan medical personnel.
180410-N-UP035-0013 PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala (April 10, 2018) Lt. Cmdr. Lynn Skinner teaches a Basic Life Support class to Guatemalan medical personnel at the Hospital de Puerto Barrios in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deployed a force t ...More
Doctors perform surgery on a patient in Guatemala.
PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala (April 10, 2018) Lt. Cmdr. Kat Rutan, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Mark Jimenez and Guatemalan medical professionals amputate a diabetic patient's leg at the Hospital de Puerto Barrios in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet ...More
A Navy nurse laughs with a 4-year old Honduran girl while she waits for her hernia surgery.
PUERTO CORTES, Honduras (March 12, 2018) Lt. j.g. Grace Romasko of Killeen, Texas laughs with a 4-year old Honduran girl while she waits for her hernia surgery in the expeditionary medical unit in Puerto Cortes, Honduras during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deployed a fo ...More
A doctor talks to a patient.
PUERTO CORTES, Honduras (March 15, 2018) Lt. Joe Guerin listens to a patient describe her ailments at the medical site in Puerto Cortes on the first day of treatment of Continuing Promise 2018's Honduras visit. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deployed a force to execute CP-18 to conduct civil-mili ...More
A child looks in a microscope.
PUERTO CORTES, Honduras. (March 17, 2018) Lt. Cmdr. Amy Rogers, assigned to Navy Environmental and Preventative Medicine Unit TWO, shows a Honduran child mosquitos caught by a BG-Sentinel mosquito trap outside the Franklin D. Roosevelt School in Puerto Cortes, Honduras during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces ...More
A child looks in a microscope.
PUERTO CORTES, Honduras. (March 16, 2018) Lt. Marcus McDonough, assigned to Navy Environmental and Preventative Medicine Unit TWO, reviews mosquitos caught by a BG-Sentinel mosquito trap during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deployed a force to execute Continuing Promise ...More
Navy doctors perform surgery
180316-N-UP035-0539 PUERTO CORTES, Honduras (March 16, 2018) Capt. Rob Ricca and Lt. Cmdr. Kathryn L. Rutan perform a hernia operation on a Honduran patient in the expeditionary medical unit in Puerto Cortes, Honduras during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deployed a forc ...More
Navy doctors perform surgery
180316-N-UP035-0536 PUERTO CORTES, Honduras (March 16, 2018) Capt. Rob Ricca and Lt. Cmdr. Kathryn L. Rutan perform a hernia operation on a Honduran patient in the expeditionary medical unit in Puerto Cortes, Honduras during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deployed a forc ...More
Navy doctors perform surgery
180316-N-UP035-0516 PUERTO CORTES, Honduras (March 16, 2018) Capt. Rob Ricca and Lt. Cmdr. Kathryn L. Rutan perform a hernia operation on a Honduran patient in the expeditionary medical unit in Puerto Cortes, Honduras during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deployed a forc ...More
Sailors organize medical prescriptions at a table.
180316-N-HB733-0069 PUERTO CORTES, Honduras. (March 16, 2018) Sailors organize medical prescriptions into individual bags at the Franklin D. Roosevelt School in Puerto Cortes, Honduras during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deployed a force to execute Continuing Promise to ...More
Medications are dispersed at a window.
180316-N-HB733-0091 PUERTO CORTES, Honduras. (March 16, 2018) A Blessings International volunteer disperses medical prescriptions to a Honduran patient at the Franklin D. Roosevelt School in Puerto Cortes, Honduras during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deployed a force to ...More
A doctor takes a blood sample from a patient.
180316-N-HB733-0054 PUERTO CORTES, Honduras. (March 16, 2018) Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Ignacio Garciavega takes a sample of blood from a Honduran patient at the Franklin D. Roosevelt School during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deployed a force to execute Continuing Pr ...More
Doctors look at an X-Ray.
180316-N-VK873-0153 SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (March 16, 2018) Lt. Cmdr. Conor Garry views a patient's X-rays at the Dr. Mario Catarino Rivas North-Western National Hospital in San Pedro Sula, Honduras during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deployed a force to execute Cont ...More
Hondurans wait in line to be seen by medical personnel.
180315-N-VK873-0120 PUERTO CORTES, Honduras (March 15, 2018) Citizens of Puerto Cortes, Honduras wait in line to be seen by medical personnel at the Franklin D. Roosevelt School during Continuing Promise 2018. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deployed a force to execute Continuing Promise to conduc ...More
A Navy doctor performs an ultrasound for a pregnant Guatemalan woman.
A U.S. Army veterinarian treats a water buffalo.
A U.S. Army veterinarian treats a water buffalo.
A Navy doctors plays with a child.
Military medical officials talk.
A child smiles.
U.S. military dentist treat a patient in Guatemala.
Military officials tour a clinic.
A doctor examines a child in Guatemala.
Military leaders shake hands.
Military leaders stand in formation.
A military doctor hows a Guatemalan girl model teeth.
Military dentists treat a patient in Guatemala.
A doctor checks a patient in Guatemala
Doctors check a patient in Guatemala.
Doctors perform surgery on a patient in Guatemala.
A Navy officer teaches a  Basic Life Support class to Guatemalan medical personnel.
Doctors perform surgery on a patient in Guatemala.
A Navy nurse laughs with a 4-year old Honduran girl while she waits for her hernia surgery.
A doctor talks to a patient.
A child looks in a microscope.
A child looks in a microscope.
Navy doctors perform surgery
Navy doctors perform surgery
Navy doctors perform surgery
Sailors organize medical prescriptions at a table.
Medications are dispersed at a window.
A doctor takes a blood sample from a patient.
Doctors look at an X-Ray.
Hondurans wait in line to be seen by medical personnel.
LATEST IMAGERY FROM CONTINUING PROMISE 2018

Overview

Continuing Promise is a U.S. Southern Command training mission introduced in 2007. During the 2018 mission, Continuing Promise personnel will provide medical, environmental health, veterinary, and humanitarian assistance activities in select countries to strengthen partnerships and improve cooperation on many levels with partner nations, interagency organizations, and nongovernmental organizations.

Building on relationships created in previous years, participants will work together to increase the medical capacities of countries and communities, making each visit an exchange of information and chance to strengthen partnerships.

The purpose of Continuing Promise is to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian civil assistance, medical, dental, veterinary, and disaster response with partner nations and to show U.S. support and commitment to Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Capt. Angel Cruz, Commander, Destroyer Squadron 40, is designated Commander, Task Force 48 for the Continuing Promise mission. Capt. Judy Schauer is the medical site 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 a U.S. Navy ship expeditionary fast transport ship operated by Military Sealift Command. This is the second time USNS Spearhead has participated in 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, including:

  • 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)

Specific plans for each mission stop were created using information gathered during pre-deployment site surveys in which U.S. and partner nation planners collaborate with local professionals to define the needs of their communities. Participants will share best practices with the host nation partners, and will work with local doctors, nurses, and dentists when providing care and specialist training engagements and activities.

Background

This was the ninth Continuing Promise deployment to the region since 2007.

Continuing Promise started with the deployment of USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) in 2007. CP-18 will build on the strong relationships developed during the CP-07, CP-08 Pacific and Caribbean phases (USS Boxer and USS Kearsarge), CP-09 (Comfort),  CP-10 (USS Iwo Jima), CP-11 (Comfort), CP-15 (Comfort), and CP-17 (USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1)) deployments to countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean.

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