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A U.S. Air Force dental technician performs an examination on a Guyanese patient at a Medical Readiness Training Exercise during New Horizons exercise 2019 in Linden, Guyana, July 2, 2019. The New Horizons exercise 2019 provides U.S. military members an opportunity to train for an overseas deployment and the logistical requirements it entails. The exercise promotes bilateral cooperation by providing opportunities for U.S. and partner nation military engineers, medical personnel and support staff to work and train side by side. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert)
Exercise New Horizons 2019 concludes in Guyana
By Senior Airman Derek Seifert | Aug. 23, 2019
The New Horizons exercise 2019 came to an end with a closing ceremony at the Blueberry Hill community center in Linden, Guyana, August 22, 2019.

NATAL, Brazil (Aug. 21) – The commander of U.S. Southern Command, Adm. Craig Faller, speaks during the South American Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC).  Military leaders from 14 nations met during the conference to discuss cooperation for humanitarian operations, disaster response and countering transnational threats. (Photo by Jose Ruiz, SOUTHCOM Public Affairs)
Brazil, U.S. Co-host South American Defense Conference
By Jose Ruiz, SOUTHCOM Public Affairs | Aug. 22, 2019
Brazil’s Armed Forces and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) co-hosted the South American Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC) Aug. 20-22, 2019, in Natal, a coastal city in northeast Brazil.

U.S. Air Force firefighters assigned to Joint Task Force Bravo's 612th Air Base Squadron are training alongside 25 firefighters from Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica during a multinational firefighting exercise at Soto Cano Air Base, August 19-23. The Central America Sharing Mutual Operational Knowledge and Experiences exercise (CENTAM SMOKE) takes place twice a year and provides an opportunity for all firefighters to work as a team while learning from each other’s capabilities through strenuous partnership-building challenges.
Central American firefighters sharing operational knowledge with U.S. counterparts
By Maria Pinel | Aug. 20, 2019
The Joint Task Force-Bravo’s 612th Air Base Squadron will be hosting a multinational firefighting exercise at Soto Cano Air Base, August 19-23, with the participation of 25 firefighters from Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica.

190818-N-IA905-1045 SANTA MARTA, Colombia (Aug. 18, 2019) The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) prepares to anchor off the coast of Santa Marta, Colombia as the ship prepares for a medical mission. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan K. Nall)
Comfort Arrives in Colombia to Provide Medical Assistance
By Petty Officer 3rd Class Kryzentia Richards | Aug. 20, 2019
The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in Colombia for its fifth medical mission in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, Aug. 18.

US Army Corporal Noe Mondragon, JTF-Bravo Army Forces Battalion, helps pharmacy staff count medications during a medical readiness training exercise in Atlántida, Honduras, August 6, 2019. The JTF-Bravo medical team provided basic medical care and medication for the local population.
Joining forces maintain operability, provide medical care
By Maria Pinel | Aug. 19, 2019
Soldiers with the U.S. Army Reserve assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo conducted a Medical Readiness Training Exercise with Honduran military counterparts in the Atlántida department, Honduras, to provide basic medical services at local schools in the Frutera, Saladito and Boca del Toro villages, August 6 – 8.


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