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Exercise New Horizons 2019 concludes in Guyana

New Horizons Training Exercise Guyana 2019 closing ceremony

Guyana Defence Force Brig. Patrick West, chief of staff and U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Andrew Croft, Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, pose for a photo with a ceremonial key during a ceremony signifying the conclusion of operations at Camp Seweyo and the handover of newly constructed facilities on a Guyana Defence Force camp near Linden, Guyana, Aug. 22, 2019. The new facilities were constructed by the U.S. military and housed U.S. service members that participated in New Horizons exercise. The New Horizons exercise 2019 provided U.S. military members an opportunity to train for an overseas deployment and the logistical requirements it entails. The exercise promoted 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 Capt. Mayrem Morales)

New Horizons Training Exercise Guyana 2019

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Andrew Croft, Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander and Guyana Defence Force Brig. Patrick West, chief of staff, tour newly constructed facilities on a Guyana Defence Force camp near Linden, Guyana, Aug. 22, 2019. The new facilities were constructed by the U.S. military and housed U.S. service members that participated in New Horizons exercise. The New Horizons exercise 2019 provided U.S. military members an opportunity to train for an overseas deployment and the logistical requirements it entails. The exercise promoted 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 Capt. Mayrem Morales)

New Horizons Training Exercise Guyana 2019

Waneka Arrindell, mayor of Linden, Dr. Simpson Da Silva, ministry of communities representative, retired Lt. Col. Joseph Harmon, Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency in Guyana, Annette Ferguson, minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Andrew Croft, Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, and Mr. Mark Cullinane, Chargé d'affaires at the U.S. Embassy Guyana, pose for a photo with a ceremonial key for the newly constructed Blueberry Hill’s community center during the New Horizons exercise 2019 closing ceremony in Linden, Guyana, Aug. 22, 2019. The New Horizons exercise 2019 provided U.S. military members an opportunity to train for an overseas deployment and the logistical requirements it entails. The exercise promoted 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 Capt. Mayrem Morales)

New Horizons Training Exercise Guyana 2019

A local Guyanese boy, cuts the ribbon for the newly constructed Blueberry Hill’s community center during New Horizons training exercise 2019 closing ceremony in Linden, Guyana, Aug. 22, 2019. The New Horizons exercise 2019 provided U.S. military members an opportunity to train for an overseas deployment and the logistical requirements it entails. The exercise promoted 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 Capt. Mayrem Morales)

New Horizons Training Exercise Guyana 2019

U.S. military members and local Guyanese attend the New Horizons exercise 2019 closing ceremony and the handover ceremony of Blueberry Hill's community center in Linden, Guyana, Aug. 22, 2019. The New Horizons exercise 2019 provided U.S. military members an opportunity to train for an overseas deployment and the logistical requirements it entails. The exercise promoted 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 Capt. Mayrem Morales)

New Horizons Training Exercise Guyana 2019

Waneka Arrindell, mayor of Linden, speaks at the New Horizons exercise 2019 closing ceremony in Linden, Guyana, Aug. 22, 2019. The New Horizons exercise 2019 provided U.S. military members an opportunity to train for an overseas deployment and the logistical requirements it entails. The exercise promoted 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 Capt. Mayrem Morales)

New Horizons Training Exercise Guyana 2019

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Andrew Croft, Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, speaks at the New Horizons exercise 2019 closing ceremony in Linden, Guyana, Aug. 22, 2019. The New Horizons exercise 2019 provided U.S. military members an opportunity to train for an overseas deployment and the logistical requirements it entails. The exercise promoted 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 Capt. Mayrem Morales)

New Horizons Training Exercise Guyana 2019

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Andrew Croft, Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, speaks at the New Horizons exercise 2019 closing ceremony in Linden, Guyana, Aug. 22, 2019. The New Horizons exercise 2019 provided U.S. military members an opportunity to train for an overseas deployment and the logistical requirements it entails. The exercise promoted 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 Capt. Mayrem Morales)

New Horizons Training Exercise Guyana 2019

Retired Lt. Col. Joseph Harmon, Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency in Guyana, speaks at the New Horizons exercise 2019 closing ceremony in Linden, Guyana, Aug. 22, 2019. The New Horizons exercise 2019 provided U.S. military members an opportunity to train for an overseas deployment and the logistical requirements it entails. The exercise promoted 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 Capt. Mayrem Morales)

LINDEN, Guyana -- The New Horizons exercise 2019 came to an end with a closing ceremony at the Blueberry Hill community center, August 22, 2019.

“Our teams aim to work side by side with our partner nation and forge lasting relationships that tie our two countries closer together in good will,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Andrew Croft, Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander. “Looking out at this crowd and the end result behind me, all of this combined with hard work, I’m certain you have succeeded here with this team in New Horizons 2019.”

Since the start of the exercise in May, the New Horizons team built three community centers and a women’s shelter, as well as participated in several medical outreach events in the local communities.

“In this exercise in Guyana, we have accomplished way more than we set out to do,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Kenneth Bratland, 346th Air Expeditionary Group commander. “Many of the reasons are, we just ended up with some great [service members] who were really motivated and worked really hard. We exceeded every single measure that we expected to get.”

A few of the milestones that the New Horizons team had set at the beginning of the exercise were surpassed by large numbers like patient encounters and building timelines.

“We operated on way more patients that we expected,” said Bratland. “We did more eye surgeries than we planned on doing. We did more women’s health surgeries than we had planned. We saw thousands of more patients at the [medical readiness training exercise] and with the buildings and construction efforts, we were able to complete them ahead of schedule.”

During the two months of medical outreach events, there were a total of 13,446 total patient encounters, which included animal treatments and vaccinations.

For the construction sites, the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army engineers completed the four buildings three weeks ahead of schedule.

New Horizons exercise is not new to Guyana. In the last 20 years, U.S. service members have participated in the exercise under U.S. Southern Command and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern Command), three times. The structures completed during previous iterations are still being used today.

“This is our third time being here. We were here in 2004, 2009 and 2019,” said Bratland. “The people here are familiar with New Horizons, they appreciate what we do, appreciate what we bring and they’re still using the facilities that we built a long time ago, so people see those and generations to come will see the buildings we built on this one and that makes me very proud.”

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