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JTF-Bravo provide life-saving assistance after recent flooding

LAS TABLAS, PANAMA-- Master Sgt. James Eidson, a Joint Task Force-Bravo emergency medical technician, escorts a flood victim to a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Wednesday. The woman was unable to get to a hospital because the roads were flooded. The JTF-Bravo helicopter transported the woman and five other patients from a remote airfield to an airport where an ambulance met the patients and transported them to a local hospital. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Candace Park)

LAS TABLAS, PANAMA-- Master Sgt. James Eidson, a Joint Task Force-Bravo emergency medical technician, escorts a flood victim to a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Wednesday. The woman was unable to get to a hospital because the roads were flooded. The JTF-Bravo helicopter transported the woman and five other patients from a remote airfield to an airport where an ambulance met the patients and transported them to a local hospital. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Candace Park)

LAS TABLAS, PANAMA-- Tech. Sgt. Tracy Fletcher, a Joint Task Force-Bravo emergency medical technician, secures a 7-month-old baby and her mother, who were victims of flooding in the region, in the seat of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Wednesday. The baby was suffering from severe dehydration, but her mother was unable to take her to a hospital because the roads were flooded. The JTF-Bravo helicopter transported the baby and five other patients from a remote airfield to an airport where an ambulance met the patients and transported them to a local hospital. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Candace Park)

LAS TABLAS, PANAMA-- Tech. Sgt. Tracy Fletcher, a Joint Task Force-Bravo emergency medical technician, secures a 7-month-old baby and her mother, who were victims of flooding in the region, in the seat of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Wednesday. The baby was suffering from severe dehydration, but her mother was unable to take her to a hospital because the roads were flooded. The JTF-Bravo helicopter transported the baby and five other patients from a remote airfield to an airport where an ambulance met the patients and transported them to a local hospital. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Candace Park)

CHANGUINOLA, PANAMA-- Tech. Sgt. Tracy Fletcher, a Joint Task Force-Bravo emergency medical technician, carries a 7-month-old baby, suffering from severe dehydration, from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to an ambulance awaiting to transport the baby to a local hospital. Eighteen service members from JTF-Bravo are here in support of a request from the Panamanian government for assistance with recent flooding caused by prolonged heavy rains in the country. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Candace Park)

CHANGUINOLA, PANAMA-- Tech. Sgt. Tracy Fletcher, a Joint Task Force-Bravo emergency medical technician, carries a 7-month-old baby, suffering from severe dehydration, from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to an ambulance awaiting to transport the baby to a local hospital. Eighteen service members from JTF-Bravo are here in support of a request from the Panamanian government for assistance with recent flooding caused by prolonged heavy rains in the country. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Candace Park)

LAS TABLAS, PANAMA-- Master Sgt. James Eidson, a Joint Task Force-Bravo emergency medical technician, escorts a 6-year-old flood victim suffering from respiratory problems, from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Wednesday. The helicopter transported six patients from Las Tablas to here where an ambulance was able to take them to a local hospital. The disaster response task force is here in response to a request from the Panamanian government for assistance with recent flooding caused by prolonged heavy rains in the country. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Candace Park)

LAS TABLAS, PANAMA-- Master Sgt. James Eidson, a Joint Task Force-Bravo emergency medical technician, escorts a 6-year-old flood victim suffering from respiratory problems, from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Wednesday. The helicopter transported six patients from Las Tablas to here where an ambulance was able to take them to a local hospital. The disaster response task force is here in response to a request from the Panamanian government for assistance with recent flooding caused by prolonged heavy rains in the country. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Candace Park)

CHANGUINOLA, PANAMA-- President of Panama, Martin Torrijos, discusses planned rescue missions of flood victims cut off from food, water and medical attention, with Army Lt. Col. Richard Somers, disaster task force commander deployed here from Joint Task Force-Bravo Honduras. Eighteen service members from JTF-Bravo are here in support of a request from the Panamanian government for assistance with recent flooding caused by prolonged heavy rains in the country. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Candace Park)

CHANGUINOLA, PANAMA-- President of Panama, Martin Torrijos, discusses planned rescue missions of flood victims cut off from food, water and medical attention, with Army Lt. Col. Richard Somers, disaster task force commander deployed here from Joint Task Force-Bravo Honduras. Eighteen service members from JTF-Bravo are here in support of a request from the Panamanian government for assistance with recent flooding caused by prolonged heavy rains in the country. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Candace Park)

Limon, COSTA RICA -- A task force of 20 U.S. military personnel and two UH 60 Blackhawks from Joint Task Force-Bravo in Honduras arrived here Nov. 25 to provide life saving assistance to Panamanian and Costa Rican civilians affected by recent flooding. Missions will be conducted in close coordination with the national disaster response organizations of the respective countries.

A follow on element from JTF-Bravo composed of three UH 60 and two CH47 helicopters, personnel recovery teams and medical support is scheduled to arrive here today to provide assistance.

JTF-Bravo personnel are responding to requests for assistance from the Panamanian and Costa Rican governments through their respective U.S. Embassies.

As a result of heavy rains and flooding, seven people have died, six people are missing and more than 30,000 have been affected in the Changuinola region of Panama.

"We're committed to assisting our friends and neighbors affected by the flooding," said Col. Richard Juergens, JTF-Bravo commander. "Joint Task Force-Bravo will actively support the Panamanian and Costa Rican government to help save lives. JTF-Bravo is well equipped and trained for these types of emergencies, and consequently when called upon, we have the capability to deliver assistance quickly. Most important to the effective execution is the great partnership we have with the Governments of Panama and Costa Rica as well as the country teams."

"The U.S. military team will station out of Limon, Costa Rica, providing life saving support and remain prepared for follow on missions" the colonel said.

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