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U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Jasmine Matus, 35th Combat Communications Squadron radio frequency transmissions craftsman out of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., reconfigures the router for the Dr. Salvador Paredes Hospital in Trujillo, Honduras, July 9, 2015, Matus was in the hospital to repair its ailing network infrastructure as part of the New Horizons Honduras 2015 training exercise. 

New Horizons was launched in the 1980s and is an annual joint humanitarian assistance exercise that U.S. Southern Command conducts with a partner nation in Central America, South America or the Caribbean. The exercise improves joint training readiness of U.S. and partner nation civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel through humanitarian assistance activities.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David J. Murphy/Unreleased)

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Jasmine Matus, 35th Combat Communications Squadron radio frequency transmissions craftsman out of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., reconfigures the router for the Dr. Salvador Paredes Hospital in Trujillo, Honduras, July 9, 2015, Matus was in the hospital to repair its ailing network infrastructure as part of the New Horizons Honduras 2015 training exercise. New Horizons was launched in the 1980s and is an annual joint humanitarian assistance exercise that U.S. Southern Command conducts with a partner nation in Central America, South America or the Caribbean. The exercise improves joint training readiness of U.S. and partner nation civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel through humanitarian assistance activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David J. Murphy/Unreleased)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Harkins radio frequency transmissions craftsman assists U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Jasmine Matus, radio frequency transmissions craftsman, both of the 35th Combat Communications Squadron as she reconfigures the router for the Dr. Salvador Paredes Hospital in Trujillo, Honduras, July 9, 2015, Matus and Harkins were in the hospital to repair its ailing network infrastructure as part of the New Horizons Honduras 2015 training exercise. 

New Horizons was launched in the 1980s and is an annual joint humanitarian assistance exercise that U.S. Southern Command conducts with a partner nation in Central America, South America or the Caribbean. The exercise improves joint training readiness of U.S. and partner nation civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel through humanitarian assistance activities.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David J. Murphy/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Harkins radio frequency transmissions craftsman assists U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Jasmine Matus, radio frequency transmissions craftsman, both of the 35th Combat Communications Squadron as she reconfigures the router for the Dr. Salvador Paredes Hospital in Trujillo, Honduras, July 9, 2015, Matus and Harkins were in the hospital to repair its ailing network infrastructure as part of the New Horizons Honduras 2015 training exercise. New Horizons was launched in the 1980s and is an annual joint humanitarian assistance exercise that U.S. Southern Command conducts with a partner nation in Central America, South America or the Caribbean. The exercise improves joint training readiness of U.S. and partner nation civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel through humanitarian assistance activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David J. Murphy/Released)

The reconfigured router for the Dr. Salvador Paredes Hospital in Trujillo, Honduras, July 9, 2015, after being fixed by U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Jasmine Matus, 35th Combat Communications Squadron radio frequency transmissions craftsman, Matus was in the hospital to repair its ailing network infrastructure as part of the New Horizons Honduras 2015 training exercise. 

New Horizons was launched in the 1980s and is an annual joint humanitarian assistance exercise that U.S. Southern Command conducts with a partner nation in Central America, South America or the Caribbean. The exercise improves joint training readiness of U.S. and partner nation civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel through humanitarian assistance activities.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David J. Murphy/Released)

The reconfigured router for the Dr. Salvador Paredes Hospital in Trujillo, Honduras, July 9, 2015, after being fixed by U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Jasmine Matus, 35th Combat Communications Squadron radio frequency transmissions craftsman, Matus was in the hospital to repair its ailing network infrastructure as part of the New Horizons Honduras 2015 training exercise. New Horizons was launched in the 1980s and is an annual joint humanitarian assistance exercise that U.S. Southern Command conducts with a partner nation in Central America, South America or the Caribbean. The exercise improves joint training readiness of U.S. and partner nation civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel through humanitarian assistance activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David J. Murphy/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Harkins 35th Combat Communications Squadron radio frequency transmissions craftsman, checks an ethernet port at the Dr. Salvador Paredes Hospital in Trujillo, Honduras, July 9, 2015, Harkins is in the hospital to repair its ailing network infrastructure as part of the New Horizons Honduras 2015 training exercise. 

New Horizons was launched in the 1980s and is an annual joint humanitarian assistance exercise that U.S. Southern Command conducts with a partner nation in Central America, South America or the Caribbean. The exercise improves joint training readiness of U.S. and partner nation civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel through humanitarian assistance activities.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David J. Murphy/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Harkins 35th Combat Communications Squadron radio frequency transmissions craftsman, checks an ethernet port at the Dr. Salvador Paredes Hospital in Trujillo, Honduras, July 9, 2015, Harkins is in the hospital to repair its ailing network infrastructure as part of the New Horizons Honduras 2015 training exercise. New Horizons was launched in the 1980s and is an annual joint humanitarian assistance exercise that U.S. Southern Command conducts with a partner nation in Central America, South America or the Caribbean. The exercise improves joint training readiness of U.S. and partner nation civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel through humanitarian assistance activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David J. Murphy/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Harkins radio frequency transmissions craftsman assists U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Jasmine Matus, radio frequency transmissions craftsman, both of the 35th Combat Communications Squadron, check an Internet port in the records room of the Dr. Salvador Paredes Hospital in Trujillo, Honduras, July 9, 2015, Matus and Harkins were in the hospital to repair its ailing network infrastructure as part of the New Horizons Honduras 2015 training exercise. 

New Horizons was launched in the 1980s and is an annual joint humanitarian assistance exercise that U.S. Southern Command conducts with a partner nation in Central America, South America or the Caribbean. The exercise improves joint training readiness of U.S. and partner nation civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel through humanitarian assistance activities.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David J. Murphy/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Harkins radio frequency transmissions craftsman assists U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Jasmine Matus, radio frequency transmissions craftsman, both of the 35th Combat Communications Squadron, check an Internet port in the records room of the Dr. Salvador Paredes Hospital in Trujillo, Honduras, July 9, 2015, Matus and Harkins were in the hospital to repair its ailing network infrastructure as part of the New Horizons Honduras 2015 training exercise. New Horizons was launched in the 1980s and is an annual joint humanitarian assistance exercise that U.S. Southern Command conducts with a partner nation in Central America, South America or the Caribbean. The exercise improves joint training readiness of U.S. and partner nation civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel through humanitarian assistance activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David J. Murphy/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Carl Koenig, radio frequency transmissions technician (center), U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Trenton Freeman, client systems journeyman (right), and U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Jasmine Matus, radio frequency transmissions craftsman (left), all of the 35th Combat Communications Squadron out of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., work through their plan to wire the Dr. Salvador Paredes Hospital in Trujillo, Honduras, June 29, 2015, with category six cable in order to restore internet connectivity to nine offices. The combat communications Airmen were in the hospital to repair its ailing network and restore Internet connectivity as part of the New Horizons Honduras 2015 training exercise. 

New Horizons was launched in the 1980s and is an annual joint humanitarian assistance exercise that U.S. Southern Command conducts with a partner nation in Central America, South America or the Caribbean. The exercise improves joint training readiness of U.S. and partner nation civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel through humanitarian assistance activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David J. Murphy/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Carl Koenig, radio frequency transmissions technician (center), U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Trenton Freeman, client systems journeyman (right), and U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Jasmine Matus, radio frequency transmissions craftsman (left), all of the 35th Combat Communications Squadron out of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., work through their plan to wire the Dr. Salvador Paredes Hospital in Trujillo, Honduras, June 29, 2015, with category six cable in order to restore internet connectivity to nine offices. The combat communications Airmen were in the hospital to repair its ailing network and restore Internet connectivity as part of the New Horizons Honduras 2015 training exercise. New Horizons was launched in the 1980s and is an annual joint humanitarian assistance exercise that U.S. Southern Command conducts with a partner nation in Central America, South America or the Caribbean. The exercise improves joint training readiness of U.S. and partner nation civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel through humanitarian assistance activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David J. Murphy/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Carl Koenig, radio frequency transmissions technician, U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Trenton Freeman, client systems journeyman, and U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Jasmine Matus, all of the 35th Combat Communications Squadron out of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., discuss their plan to wire the Dr. Salvador Paredes Hospital in Trujillo, Honduras, June 29, 2015, with category six cable in order to restore internet connectivity to nine offices. The combat communications Airmen were in the hospital to repair its ailing network and restore Internet connectivity as part of the New Horizons Honduras 2015 training exercise. 

New Horizons was launched in the 1980s and is an annual joint humanitarian assistance exercise that U.S. Southern Command conducts with a partner nation in Central America, South America or the Caribbean. The exercise improves joint training readiness of U.S. and partner nation civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel through humanitarian assistance activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David J. Murphy/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Carl Koenig, radio frequency transmissions technician, U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Trenton Freeman, client systems journeyman, and U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Jasmine Matus, all of the 35th Combat Communications Squadron out of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., discuss their plan to wire the Dr. Salvador Paredes Hospital in Trujillo, Honduras, June 29, 2015, with category six cable in order to restore internet connectivity to nine offices. The combat communications Airmen were in the hospital to repair its ailing network and restore Internet connectivity as part of the New Horizons Honduras 2015 training exercise. New Horizons was launched in the 1980s and is an annual joint humanitarian assistance exercise that U.S. Southern Command conducts with a partner nation in Central America, South America or the Caribbean. The exercise improves joint training readiness of U.S. and partner nation civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel through humanitarian assistance activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David J. Murphy/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Jasmine Matus, radio frequency transmissions craftsman, provides category six cable to U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Carl Koenig, radio frequency transmissions technician (right) who is installing it in the roof of the Dr. Salvador Paredes Hospital in Trujillo, Honduras, June 29, 2015, with the help of U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Trenton Freeman, client systems journeyman (center). The combat communications Airmen are with the 35th Combat Communications Squadron out of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and were in the hospital to repair its ailing network as part of the New Horizons Honduras 2015 training exercise. 

New Horizons was launched in the 1980s and is an annual joint humanitarian assistance exercise that U.S. Southern Command conducts with a partner nation in Central America, South America or the Caribbean. The exercise improves joint training readiness of U.S. and partner nation civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel through humanitarian assistance activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David J. Murphy/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Jasmine Matus, radio frequency transmissions craftsman, provides category six cable to U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Carl Koenig, radio frequency transmissions technician (right) who is installing it in the roof of the Dr. Salvador Paredes Hospital in Trujillo, Honduras, June 29, 2015, with the help of U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Trenton Freeman, client systems journeyman (center). The combat communications Airmen are with the 35th Combat Communications Squadron out of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and were in the hospital to repair its ailing network as part of the New Horizons Honduras 2015 training exercise. New Horizons was launched in the 1980s and is an annual joint humanitarian assistance exercise that U.S. Southern Command conducts with a partner nation in Central America, South America or the Caribbean. The exercise improves joint training readiness of U.S. and partner nation civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel through humanitarian assistance activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David J. Murphy/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Carl Koenig, 35th Combat Communications Squadron radio frequency transmissions technician, out of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., examines the Dr. Salvador Paredes Hospital in Trujillo, Honduras, June 29, 2015, to determine the best way to run category six cable to an office in order to restore internet service. Koenig is part of a team of combat communications Airmen who were in the hospital to repair its ailing network and restore Internet connectivity as part of the New Horizons Honduras 2015 training exercise. 

New Horizons was launched in the 1980s and is an annual joint humanitarian assistance exercise that U.S. Southern Command conducts with a partner nation in Central America, South America or the Caribbean. The exercise improves joint training readiness of U.S. and partner nation civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel through humanitarian assistance activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David J. Murphy/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Carl Koenig, 35th Combat Communications Squadron radio frequency transmissions technician, out of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., examines the Dr. Salvador Paredes Hospital in Trujillo, Honduras, June 29, 2015, to determine the best way to run category six cable to an office in order to restore internet service. Koenig is part of a team of combat communications Airmen who were in the hospital to repair its ailing network and restore Internet connectivity as part of the New Horizons Honduras 2015 training exercise. New Horizons was launched in the 1980s and is an annual joint humanitarian assistance exercise that U.S. Southern Command conducts with a partner nation in Central America, South America or the Caribbean. The exercise improves joint training readiness of U.S. and partner nation civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel through humanitarian assistance activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David J. Murphy/Released)

Trujillo, Colón -- Combat communications Airmen with the U.S. Air Force's 35th Combat Communication Squadron out of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., restored Internet connectivity to a local hospital in Trujillo, Honduras.

The Airmen restored Internet connectivity to 19 offices and 24 workstations allowing 30 users to connect and track patients at the Dr. Salvador Paredes Hospital. Additionally, the Airmen repaired an emergency room phone and provided training to hospital staff so they can repair their own equipment.

"The hospital hadn't had any internet connectivity for around three years," said Senior Airman Trenton Freeman, 35th CCS client systems journeyman, "I'm glad that we were able to not only accomplish our mission and restore their connectivity, but I think we really exceeded their expectations. I'm happy that we were able to make a difference."

The Airmen are in Honduras to provide communications support to New Horizons Honduras 2015 training exercise personnel. Their main mission is to provide secure communications and technical support during the three-month exercise taking place in and around Trujillo.

"This additional mission...was humanitarian aid and basically what New Horizons was about and allowed [us] to...give back to the people of Honduras," said U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Jasmine Matus, 35th CCS radio frequency transmissions craftsman.

The team faced many challenges in trying to repair the hospital's network, the biggest of which was the language barrier, remarked Matus. The team used four translators over the course of their work, but the biggest issue revolved around the technical terminology.

"Technical Spanish is just different from normal conversation so we spent a lot time repeating ourselves or asking the same question but we were able overcome that with the translator's help," said Matus, "another issue was that supplies are not sold locally so...contracting here...acquired the supplies we needed to extend the service and repair parts of their infrastructure that wasn't working."

One of the rooms the team deemed as most important was the archives room, which houses patient medical records. The hospital currently only has paper records and was looking to digitize all their files.

"It was actually the primary office we had been trying to get from the beginning," said Matus, "there was just so much paper in there that is was easier to keep track via computer."
The network infrastructure repair project also served as a training opportunity for the Airmen.

"It was a good feeling being able to restore service to the hospital and being able to teach the airmen who came there with me something new," said Matus, "and they also got to share in an actual humanitarian project, to know what it feels like to be able to give somebody something that is so easy to get back home."

The team will continue to work with the hospital to finish all remaining projects.

New Horizons was launched in the 1980s and is an annual joint humanitarian assistance exercise that U.S. Southern Command conducts with a partner nation in Central America, South America or the Caribbean. The exercise improves joint training readiness of U.S. and partner nation civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel through humanitarian assistance activities.

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