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July 31, 2019

Comfort Departs Costa Rica Following Closing Ceremony

The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) held its closing ceremony at Gimnasio el Coloso de Barranca symbolizing the completion of the hospital ship’s third medical mission in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, July 27.

July 30, 2019

U.S. Army Aviation Team Completes Qualifications to Support USNS Comfort 2019

U.S. Army Helicopter pilots and crew members of Joint Task Force-Bravo completed qualifications July 18-26 to support an upcoming mission, off the coast of Punta Arenas, Costa Rica.

July 30, 2019

Seabees Begin Construction of New School for Indigenous Colombian Wayuu Tribe

The Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2019 Seabee detachment from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ONE (NMCB 1) began construction of a new school for Colombia’s indigenous Wayuu people.

July 27, 2019

SOUTHCOM Commander Visits Costa Rica to Strengthen Security Partnership

U.S. Navy Adm. Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, visited Costa Rica July 24 – 26, where he met with leaders to discuss security cooperation.

July 25, 2019

USS Michael Murphy Provides Aid to Stranded Mariners

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) rescued distressed mariners at sea, July 24. 

July 25, 2019

New Leader Assumes Command of JTF-Bravo

U.S. Army Colonel Steven Barry, an Ohio State University graduate and former West Point instructor in Military History, assumed command of Joint Task Force-Bravo July 24, 2019 during a Change of Command ceremony at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras.

July 25, 2019

Comfort Begins Medical Services in Costa Rica Following Opening Ceremony

Senior leadership from the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) alongside host, U.S. diplomatic and partner nation representatives attended an opening ceremony to mark the beginning of the ship’s medical mission stop in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, July 23.

July 24, 2019

U.S. Service Members Converge in Costa Rica for a Trilateral Leadership Exchange

United States Noncommissioned officers (NCO) from the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), two U.S. Marines from U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South (MARFORSOUTH), and one U.S. soldier from the New Mexico National Guard State Partnership Program, converged in Costa Rica for a five day trilateral workshop to enhance NCO Core competencies and best practices for NCO corps and leadership development.

July 22, 2019

U.S. Navy Supports Medical Readiness in Colombia

The Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2019 Medical Engagement Team (MET) conducted subject matter expert exchanges (SMEE) with Colombian partners, June 17-July 19.

July 22, 2019

U.S. Navy Promotes Dive Capabilities in Colombia

U.S. Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 Company 2-2 conducted subject matter expert exchanges (SMEE) with Colombian partners, July 9-August 2, as part of Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2019.

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