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  • Exercise Relampago VI soars over Colombia

    The skies roared with the sounds of U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons. Sounds that are not usually heard in a small mountain community in South America.Far from home and familiar territory, Airmen from all over the United States journeyed to Colombia and transformed a contingency location to conduct theatre training as well as joint, coalition
  • 474th EOSS Airmen complete MAAS install at CACOM 5

    Airmen assigned to the 474th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron completed an install and certification of a mobile aircraft arresting system prior to the commencement of Exercise Relampago VI on a shared runway with CACOM 5 and Jose Maria Cordova International Airport, July 9.The first ever MAAS install and certification at CACOM 5 is
  • Resolute Sentinel-21 concludes in Guatemala, servicemembers reflect on mission

    Approximately 44 service members battled the Central American summer heat and humidity to deliver healthcare to the local population during Resolute Sentinel 21 (RS-21).Active duty and reservist personnel from the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force administered dental, medical, and veterinary care and education during RS-21, a new 12th Air Force (Air
  • Why we do what we do: Evaluating Resolute Sentinel-21

    How does U.S. military leadership determine which missions should be carried out? Who decides what and how much supplies are necessary? Who helps evaluate if a mission is successful or not? These questions and an endless number of others can be answered by operations research analysts. Capt. Jennifer Buck, a research scientist from the Studies and
  • Resolute Sentinel 21: Honduras SURGRETE wrap-up

    The surgical readiness training exercise (SURGRETE) team has completed their nine days of surgeries at Hospital del Sur, May 27.Over the course of two weeks, the team of U.S. military medics have completed over 40 surgeries ranging from simple transurethral resections of the prostate (TURP) to extensive kidney and gallbladder removals.“Despite
  • Resolute Sentinel 21: JTF-B FSS supports deployed medics in life-changing surgeries

    Plans in the military are constantly changing. The plans for the Resolute Sentinel 21 surgical readiness training exercise (SURGRETE) in Honduras has been no different.The Forward Surgical Section with Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B), Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, extended their stay in Choluteca to continue assisting the deployed medics conducting
  • Resolute Sentinel 21: SURGRETE provides hands-on experience for residents

    The surgical readiness training exercise (SURGRETE) team has completed their nine days of surgeries at Hospital del Sur, May 27. Over the course of two weeks, the team of U.S. military medics have completed over 40 surgeries ranging from simple transurethral resections of the prostate (TURP) to extensive kidney and gallbladder removals. “Despite language barriers, our U.S. Air Force and Army medical team was able to come together with the Honduran medical team and give excellent patient care these last two weeks,” said U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Natalie Garmon, an operating room registered nurse with the 81st Medical Group, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. “We had many obstacles to overcome from limited resources to differences in practice, but every day we came in, overcame them, and improved the lives of countless patients.” The SURGRETE team is headed home after learning important lessons that will help their patient care back in-garrison and in deployed environments. “Our experience working with the local surgeon taught us to work through situations that we hadn’t yet encountered which will be extremely valuable in emergency situations back home and in the deployed environment,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Necia Pope, a urologist with the 59th Medical Wing, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. “When we came here, I thought we would be helping the Hondurans, but I have been awed by the grace and kindness of the locals here. I am leaving here with a deeper respect and friendship with the Honduran people.” The team also heads home knowing they’ve changed the lives of every single patient they saw and the friendships they built. “While there was an exchange of information, there was also a building of friendships, both personal and between countries,” said Dr. Jose Maria Paguada Mungia, the Choluteca Regional Health Director. “That is the goal with this exercise. We thank you for what you did these past two weeks, and what we can hopefully continue to do together. We look forward to Resolute Sentinel 22, and the work that will be done in the future through these exercises.”
  • Resolute Sentinel 21 concludes in El Salvador for JTF-B medical personnel

    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
  • Resolute Sentinel 21: Anesthesiologists play critical role in life-changing surgeries

    The anesthesiologists attached to the team of U.S. military medical professionals deployed to Honduras in support of Resolute Sentinel 21 play a critical role in the life-changing surgeries being provided.Without anesthesia, surgeries would be longer operations and put the patients under extreme stress.“The job of an anesthesiologist is simple: we
  • Resolute Sentinel 21: Force protection members boost defenses and camaraderie in Honduras

    Security forces members have a variety of jobs from checking ID cards at the gate in garrison to patrolling at forward operating bases overseas. A select few join the Base Defense Squadron (BDS), which specializes in force protection in austere environments.Resolute Sentinel 21 utilized two BDS members with the 105th Airlift Wing, Stewart Air
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