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A welcome banner is displayed during the Lesser Antilles Medical Assistance Team opening ceremony at Owen King European Union Hospital, Castries, St. Lucia, Feb. 26, 2024. The LAMAT mission seeks to strengthen U.S. partnerships within Latin America and the Caribbean region by providing relief to overwhelmed medical facilities through collaboration with host nation medical practitioners and respective Ministry of Health officials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Madeline Herzog)
LAMAT24: Second year U.S. partnership with St. Lucia
By | Feb. 27, 2024
The U.S. Air Force Lesser Antilles Medical Assistance Team deployed ready-medics, for the second year, to work alongside St. Lucia’s health teams to achieve mutual benefits and build trust in the region from Feb. 26 to March 10, 2024.

Robert Faucher, U.S. Ambassador to Suriname, provides remarks during an opening ceremony for the Lesser Antilles Medical Assistance Team in Paramaribo, Suriname, Feb. 19, 2024. This is the second iteration of the LAMAT mission to Suriname, where ready-medics will work alongside partner nation military and civilian health teams to achieve mutual benefits and build trust in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rachel Maxwell)
LAMAT begins in Suriname for second year of medical assistance
By | Feb. 20, 2024
The Lesser Antilles Medical Assistance Team mission is underway for a second year of health engagements across four nations, beginning in Suriname, 19 Feb. Further medical assistance teams under the LAMAT 2024 mission will travel to St. Lucia, St. Vincent, St. Kitts and Nevis through March 29.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (Feb. 16, 2024) – Photo of an aircraft the United States donated to the Dominican Republic to support the shared fight against illicit narcotics trafficking and bolster the country's humanitarian assistance & disaster response capabilities. (Photo courtesy U.S. Embassy Dominican Republic)
US Government Donates Aircraft to Dominican Republic to Combat Narcotics Trafficking
By U.S. Embassy Dominican Republic release | Feb. 20, 2024
The United States Government, through the Department of Defense, donated an aircraft valued at more than US$8 million to the Ministry of Defense of the Dominican Republic, in support of the shared fight against illicit trafficking of narcotics by transnational criminal organizations and in support of the country's efforts to provide humanitarian assistance in cases of disasters.

The South Carolina National Guard helped its State Partnership Program partner, Colombia, respond to dozens of fires in the Bogota area in January 2024 by providing helicopter buckets used to drop water or retardant.
South Carolina Guard Comes to Aid of Partner Colombia
By South Carolina National Guard, | Feb. 14, 2024
The South Carolina National Guard is assisting Colombia, its State Partnership Program partner, in dealing with dozens of wildfires. To help emergency responders battle as many as 30 active fires in and around Bogota in late January, the South Carolina National Guard loaned Colombia multiple helicopter buckets. 

Army Maj. Gen. Haldane Lamberton speaks to the senior leaders from the Kentucky National Guard and the Armed Forces of Ecuador in Frankfort, Ky., Jan. 30, 2024. Over four days, the Ecuadorians visited multiple locations in Frankfort, participated in briefings with Kentucky Emergency Management, toured the capitol, and met Gov. Andy Beshear.
Kentucky Guard Hosts Ecuadorian Military for Leader Engagement
By Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Crane, | Feb. 14, 2024
Senior Kentucky National Guard leaders welcomed military personnel from the Armed Forces of Ecuador in a State Partnership Program exchange Jan. 30 - Feb. 1.
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