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Resolute Sentinel 21 concludes in El Salvador for JTF-B medical personnel

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jeehun Kim, right, a medical provider with the Medical Element, Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B), Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, explains pharmacy procedures during JTF-B leaders’ tour of the medical readiness training exercise site for Resolute Sentinel 21 at Zacatillo Island, El Salvador.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jeehun Kim, right, a medical provider with the Medical Element, Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B), Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, explains pharmacy procedures during JTF-B leaders’ tour of the medical readiness training exercise site for Resolute Sentinel 21 at Zacatillo Island, El Salvador, May 11, 2021. Children are weighed when they enter the medical site to ensure the correct dosage of medication is prescribed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marleah Cabano)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Flavio Martinez, the NCO-in-charge of plans and programs with the 105th Base Defense Squadron, Newburgh, New York, weighs Salvadoran children during a medical readiness training exercise for Resolute Sentinel 21 in Mogotillo, El Salvador, May 18, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Flavio Martinez, the NCO-in-charge of plans and programs with the 105th Base Defense Squadron, Newburgh, New York, weighs Salvadoran children during a medical readiness training exercise for Resolute Sentinel 21 in Mogotillo, El Salvador, May 18, 2021. Children are weighed when they enter the medical site to ensure the correct dosage of medication is prescribed by the pharmacists. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marleah Cabano)

Through coordination between U.S. Southern Command, the U.S. Department of State and partner nation governments, a prioritized list of projects were selected based on training objectives to determine those that provide the greatest training benefit while also meeting the medical needs of the host nations.

U.S. Space Force Staff Sgt. Antonio Fernandez, NCO-in-charge of tactical communication with Joint Task Force-Bravo, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, explains how to set up a tactical satellite radio to a member of El Salvador’s Air Force during a Resolute Sentinel 21 medical readiness training at Zacatillo Island, El Salvador, May 10, 2021. Through coordination between U.S. Southern Command, the U.S. Department of State and partner nation governments, a prioritized list of projects were selected based on training objectives to determine those that provide the greatest training benefit while also meeting the medical needs of the host nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marleah Cabano)

Salvadoran residents line up for a preventive medicine class during a Resolute Sentinel 21 medical readiness training exercise in El Jaguey, El Salvador.

Salvadoran residents line up for a preventive medicine class during a Resolute Sentinel 21 medical readiness training exercise in El Jaguey, El Salvador, May 20, 2021. Resolute Sentinel 21 is a training opportunity with real-world benefits to increase Joint Task Force-Bravo’s medical and operational readiness while helping local citizens in El Salvador. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marleah Cabano)

Salvadoran residents line up for medical care during a Resolute Sentinel 21 medical readiness training exercise in El Jaguey, El Salvador.

Salvadoran residents line up for medical care during a Resolute Sentinel 21 medical readiness training exercise in El Jaguey, El Salvador, May 20, 2021. Resolute Sentinel 21 is a training opportunity with real-world benefits to increase Joint Task Force-Bravo’s medical and operational readiness while helping local citizens in El Salvador. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marleah Cabano)

Members with the veterinary service provided an anthrax immunization, a blackleg immunization, a dewormer and vitamins to 305 cattle over two days.

U.S. Army veterinary service members with Joint Task Force-Bravo, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, train Salvadoran veterinary students how to immunize cattle during a Resolute Sentinel 21 veterinary readiness training exercise in Tamarindo, El Salvador, May 19, 2021. Members with the veterinary service provided an anthrax immunization, a blackleg immunization, a dewormer and vitamins to 305 cattle over two days. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marleah Cabano)

Resolute Sentinel 21 is a training opportunity with real-world benefits to increase JTF-B’s medical and operational readiness while helping Salvadoran farmers.

U.S. Army Maj. Jeffrey Baravik, right, the officer-in-charge of veterinary service with Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B), Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, trains a Salvadoran veterinary student how to immunize cattle during a Resolute Sentinel 21 veterinary readiness training exercise in Tamarindo, El Salvador, May 19, 2021. Resolute Sentinel 21 is a training opportunity with real-world benefits to increase JTF-B’s medical and operational readiness while helping Salvadoran farmers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marleah Cabano)

Approximately 65 service members deployed to El Salvador to provide joint training and improved readiness of JTF-B civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel through humanitarian assistance activities.

U.S. Army Maj. Morgan Torris-Hedlund, a public health nurse with the Medical Element, Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B), Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, gives Salvadoran children an anti-parasitic medication during a medical readiness training exercise for Resolute Sentinel 21 in Mogotillo, El Salvador, May 18, 2021. Approximately 65 service members deployed to El Salvador to provide joint training and improved readiness of JTF-B civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel through humanitarian assistance activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marleah Cabano)

The pharmacy prescribed 258 Salvadoran patients during the exercise. Resolute Sentinel 21 is a training opportunity with real-world benefits to increase JTF-B’s medical and operational readiness while helping local citizens.

U.S. Army Capt. Clifford Yip, left, a pharmacist with the Medical Element, Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B), Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, gives prescribed medications to a patient during a Resolute Sentinel 21 medical readiness training exercise at Meanguera Island, El Salvador, May 14, 2021. The pharmacy prescribed 258 Salvadoran patients during the exercise. Resolute Sentinel 21 is a training opportunity with real-world benefits to increase JTF-B’s medical and operational readiness while helping local citizens. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marleah Cabano)

Resolute Sentinel 21 is a training opportunity with real-world benefits to increase JTF-B’s medical and operational readiness while helping local citizens.
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U.S. Army Lt. Col. Juana Luster, the dental officer in charge with the Medical Element, Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B), Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, extracts a tooth during a Resolute Sentinel 21 medical readiness training exercise at Meanguera Island, El Salvador, May 14, 2021. Resolute Sentinel 21 is a training opportunity with real-world benefits to increase JTF-B’s medical and operational readiness while helping local citizens. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marleah Cabano)

Resolute Sentinel 21 is a training opportunity with real-world benefits to increase JTF-B’s medical and operational readiness while helping local citizens.
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U.S. Army Lt. Col. Juana Luster, the dental officer in charge with the Medical Element, Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B), Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, extracts a tooth during a Resolute Sentinel 21 medical readiness training exercise at Meanguera Island, El Salvador, May 14, 2021. Resolute Sentinel 21 is a training opportunity with real-world benefits to increase JTF-B’s medical and operational readiness while helping local citizens. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marleah Cabano)

Salvadoran residents prepare to be seen by U.S. Army medical staff during a Resolute Sentinel 21 medical readiness training exercise at Meanguera Island, El Salvador, May 14, 2021. Medical staff saw 291 patients during the first day of the exercise on the island.
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Salvadoran residents prepare to be seen by U.S. Army medical staff during a Resolute Sentinel 21 medical readiness training exercise at Meanguera Island, El Salvador, May 14, 2021. Medical staff saw 291 patients during the first day of the exercise on the island. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marleah Cabano)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jeehun Kim, a medical provider with the Medical Element, Joint Task Force-Bravo, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, examines the hands of a patient during a medical readiness training exercise site for Resolute Sentinel 21 at Meanguera Island, El Salvador, May 14, 2021. Two medical providers saw 93 patients during the exercise.
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U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jeehun Kim, a medical provider with the Medical Element, Joint Task Force-Bravo, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, examines the hands of a patient during a medical readiness training exercise site for Resolute Sentinel 21 at Meanguera Island, El Salvador, May 14, 2021. Two medical providers saw 93 patients during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marleah Cabano)

U.S. Army Soldiers with the Medical Element, Joint Task Force-Bravo, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, screen Salvadoran patients before they see a medical provider during a medical readiness training exercise for Resolute Sentinel 21 at Meanguera Island, El Salvador, May 14, 2021. The nurses screened 148 patients before sending them to a provider or the pharmacists.
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U.S. Army Soldiers with the Medical Element, Joint Task Force-Bravo, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, screen Salvadoran patients before they see a medical provider during a medical readiness training exercise for Resolute Sentinel 21 at Meanguera Island, El Salvador, May 14, 2021. The nurses screened 148 patients before sending them to a provider or the pharmacists. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marleah Cabano)

U.S. Army Maj. Morgan Torris-Hedlund, a public health nurse with the Medical Element, Joint Task Force-Bravo, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, weighs Salvadoran children during a medical readiness training exercise for Resolute Sentinel 21 at Meanguera Island, El Salvador, May 14, 2021. Children are weighed when they enter the medical site to ensure the correct dosage of medication is prescribed.
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U.S. Army Maj. Morgan Torris-Hedlund, a public health nurse with the Medical Element, Joint Task Force-Bravo, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, weighs Salvadoran children during a medical readiness training exercise for Resolute Sentinel 21 at Meanguera Island, El Salvador, May 14, 2021. Children are weighed when they enter the medical site to ensure the correct dosage of medication is prescribed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marleah Cabano)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jesse Moskowitz, left, a general surgeon with the Forward Surgical Section at the Medical Element, Joint Task Force-Bravo, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, performs a gallbladder removal during a surgical readiness training exercise for Resolute Sentinel 2021 in La Unión, El Salvador, May 12, 2021. Resolute Sentinel 21 is a training opportunity with real-world benefits to increase JTF-B’s medical and operational readiness while helping local Salvadoran citizens.
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U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jesse Moskowitz, left, a general surgeon with the Forward Surgical Section at the Medical Element, Joint Task Force-Bravo, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, performs a gallbladder removal during a surgical readiness training exercise for Resolute Sentinel 2021 in La Unión, El Salvador, May 12, 2021. Resolute Sentinel 21 is a training opportunity with real-world benefits to increase JTF-B’s medical and operational readiness while helping local Salvadoran citizens. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marleah Cabano)

U.S. Army Col. William Kogl, right, a nurse anesthetist with the Forward Surgical Section at the Medical Element, Joint Task Force-Bravo, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, trains Salvadoran hospital staff and nursing students on a total intravenous anesthesia technique during a surgical readiness training exercise for Resolute Sentinel 2021 in La Unión, El Salvador, May 12, 2021. Resolute Sentinel 21 is a training opportunity with real-world benefits to increase JTF-B’s medical and operational readiness while helping local Salvadoran citizens.
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U.S. Army Col. William Kogl, right, a nurse anesthetist with the Forward Surgical Section at the Medical Element, Joint Task Force-Bravo, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, trains Salvadoran hospital staff and nursing students on a total intravenous anesthesia technique during a surgical readiness training exercise for Resolute Sentinel 2021 in La Unión, El Salvador, May 12, 2021. Resolute Sentinel 21 is a training opportunity with real-world benefits to increase JTF-B’s medical and operational readiness while helping local Salvadoran citizens. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marleah Cabano)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Juana Luster, the dental officer in charge with the Medical Element, Joint Task Force-Bravo, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, numbs a patient’s mouth before a tooth extraction during a Resolute Sentinel 21 medical readiness training exercise at Zacatillo Island, El Salvador, May 10, 2021. Resolute Sentinel 21 is a training opportunity with real-world benefits to increase JTF-B’s medical and operational readiness while helping local citizens.
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U.S. Army Lt. Col. Juana Luster, the dental officer in charge with the Medical Element, Joint Task Force-Bravo, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, numbs a patient’s mouth before a tooth extraction during a Resolute Sentinel 21 medical readiness training exercise at Zacatillo Island, El Salvador, May 10, 2021. Resolute Sentinel 21 is a training opportunity with real-world benefits to increase JTF-B’s medical and operational readiness while helping local citizens. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marleah Cabano)

Residents wait to see medical staff during a Resolute Sentinel 21 medical readiness training exercise at Zacatillo Island, El Salvador, May 10, 2021. Resolute Sentinel 21 is a training opportunity with real-world benefits to increase JTF-B’s medical and operational readiness while helping local citizens.
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Residents wait to see medical staff during a Resolute Sentinel 21 medical readiness training exercise at Zacatillo Island, El Salvador, May 10, 2021. Resolute Sentinel 21 is a training opportunity with real-world benefits to increase JTF-B’s medical and operational readiness while helping local citizens. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marleah Cabano)

LA UNION, El Salvador --

U.S. service members with Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B), Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, concluded Resolute Sentinel 2021, a two-week long medical readiness exercise, May 22.

Approximately 65 service members deployed to El Salvador to provide joint training and improved readiness of U.S. and partner nation civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel through humanitarian assistance activities.

“Resolute Sentinel is an exercise sponsored by [Air Forces Southern] that is to basically help us practice response to a natural disaster in the Central American area,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Ammon Bemis, a medical planner with the Medical Element, JTF-B. “Resolute Sentinel consists of a medical readiness training exercise component, a surgical readiness training exercise and then there is a veterinary readiness training exercise.”

At the end of Resolute Sentinel 21, JTF-B medical personnel treated 2,469 Salvadoran patients at La Unión, Zacatillo Island, Conchagüita Island, Meanguera Island, Mogotillo and El Jaguey.

“We go out and provide medical care,” said U.S. Army 1st Lt. Casey Burns, a medical planner with the Medical Element, JTF-B. “The doctors go out, the nurses go out, we have dentistry and pharmacy, and we will also provide preventive medicine. Essentially, it's making sure that they have the level of care that they need out here.”

Salvadorans weren’t the only ones to receive medical treatment. During the last week of the exercise, U.S. Army veterinary services with JTF-B treated 469 cattle during the veterinary medical readiness training in Tamarindo and El Jaguey.

“We provided anthrax vaccine to the cattle, which is a disease of human and animal health concern,” said U.S. Army Maj. Jeffrey Baravik, the officer-in-charge of veterinary service with Joint Task Force-Bravo, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. “We also provided pasteurella and blackleg which are cattle diseases of economic concern. Then we dewormed them for internal and external parasites, and we also provided them with a vitamin A, E and D injection to help with their weight gain and feed conversion.”

With healthier cattle, members with JTF-B veterinary services are giving Salvadorans a chance to improve their lives.

“The exercise, Resolute Sentinel, is to increase interoperability between us and our security partners, while providing some real-world benefits to the citizens of El Salvador,” said Baravik. “Livestock are very important to the citizens of El Salvador for their livelihood and feeding their families, so they see a great economic benefit to have their cattle vaccinated and made healthier to be more productive.”

Resolute Sentinel 21 is a multinational-training opportunity with real-world benefits to U.S. and partner nation personnel and the people of El Salvador by promoting readiness and building long-term partnerships in the region.

“We have been able to build partnerships and build unity through our efforts with the local community,” said Bemis. “By providing medical care and by providing assets for people that are sometimes unable to get them, lets them know that we are available, and they are all very eager to join forces with us in the future with future efforts.”

This exercise is a new AFSOUTH-led, U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) exercise that evolved out of the longstanding New Horizons annual joint humanitarian assistance exercise in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Resolute Sentinel also took place in Guatemala and Honduras, the Northern Triangle of Central America, to integrate interoperability and disaster response training in addition to medical aid and construction projects.

“The opportunity to participate in Resolute Sentinel ensures we are ready together for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations,” said U.S. Army Col. John Litchfield, commander of JTF-B. “We are enduring, reliable partners for safety, security and prosperity in the region.”

Through coordination between USSOUTHCOM, the U.S. Department of State and partner nation governments, a prioritized list of projects were selected based on training objectives to determine those that provide the greatest training benefit while also meeting the medical needs of the host nations.

“In an effort with the local host nation we have been able to partner up with over 120 local volunteers through the individual sites, the ministry of health, the ministry of agriculture and the ministry of education,” said Bemis. “We would love to say ‘thank you’ to all of our partners and we are very happy to have their help - without them, all this effort would not have been as great of a success as it was.”

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