SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras – As part of U.S. Southern Command’s enduring partnership in Central America, Joint Task Force-Bravo executed a three-day global health engagement in Comayagua, Honduras, June 1-3, working side by side with local military and Ministry of Health personnel.

The mission was carried out in El Ciruelo, Portillo de la Mora and Las Mesas, and included services such as preventive medicine, primary care, dental services and pharmacy. The local Ministry of Health also provided COVID-19 vaccination for children and adults, as well as flu shots.

As these medical missions strengthen partnerships with the host nation and provide tangible benefits to local communities, the U.S. military is learning valuable skills that make it a ready and expeditionary force.

“The conditions in which we work here are very different from those at home. If we were to deploy, we might not have a medical facility to drop into and we might have to execute in a location similar to this. It challenges us and tests our abilities, and gets you to think outside the box,” said U.S. Army Maj. Nicole Herbst, Medical Plans and Operations Officer with the Armed Forces Battalion and Officer in Charge of the medical mission.

In addition to medical preparation, participants prepare for military planning and coordination, involving different units that play a role in security, communications and logistics.

“There’s a lot of planning that goes on behind the scenes to get to the point of execution. We work with our [Military Police] and the local Honduran Air Force in Soto Cano to provide security for these missions, as well as with our J2 to find out if there are any concerns we should be aware of,” Herbst said. “It helps us refine our processes and certainly helps with cohesion. We also benefit from cultural interactions and working with a very diverse group of people, overcoming communication barriers, as well as learning about our supplies and learning skills we might not otherwise have. no need to count.

JTF-B is one of two task forces of USSOUTHCOM and is the oldest task force in U.S. military history with a long history of medical support, engineering, disaster relief and humanitarian aid throughout Honduras. The task force has been leading GHE since 1993 and was able to help over 700 patients during the recent three-day mission to Comayagua.

Date taken: 06.06.2022
Date posted: 06.06.2022 16:51
Story ID: 422297

Web views: 5
Downloads: 0