Beyond the Horizon Exercise Begins in Honduras

first_img U.S. Army South and the Honduran military kicked off the Beyond the Horizon Honduras (BTH) 2012 exercise April 16 in a ceremony at a remote forward operating base near Naco, Honduras. BTH Honduras 2012 is an Army South exercise deploying military engineers and medical professionals to Honduras for training, while providing services to rural communities. BTH is part of U.S. Southern Command’s annual humanitarian and civic assistance program. Working closely with host nation forces and civilian organizations, BTH teams participate in a valuable training opportunity and provide medical, dental and engineering support. “We are making steady, positive progress to partner with the Honduran military in order to help the people of Honduras. And I know we will benefit greatly from this exceptional training opportunity,” said Lt. Col. Robert Jones, Partnership of the Americas Collaboration and Coordination Element (PACCE) commander. The PACCE, also known as Task Force Tropic, is the command and control element responsible for executing the BTH mission in Honduras. It is comprised primarily of Soldiers from the Missouri Army National Guard. According to Jones, there will be a daily average of approximately 250 military personnel participating, totaling more than 1,000 overall. During the BTH exercise several smaller events called medical readiness training exercises (MEDRETEs) take place, which consist of a team of military medical and dental professionals who, while providing medical services to people in need of treatment, gain valuable real-world training. Jones expects the MEDRETEs will be able to treat thousands of Hondurans during the BTH. The BTH exercise also consists of engineering support where service members build or repair schools, clinics, roads and other vital facilities. During BTH Honduras, two schools will be built, one school renovated and two clinics constructed. Maj. Gen. Simeon G. Trombitas, the commanding general of Army South, whose command is the coordinating authority for the overall planning and execution of the exercise, spoke at the opening ceremony. “BTH is the kind of partnership that fosters the trust and interoperability that will sustain our friendship in the face of future adversity, whatever that adversity may be,” said Trombitas. The BTH Honduras opening ceremony included such dignitaries as Lisa Kubiske, the U.S. ambassador to Honduras; Maj. Gen. Rene Arnoldo Osorio Canales, the Honduran chairman of the joint staff; Marlon Pascua Cerrato, the Honduran secretary of national defense; as well as the Honduran service chiefs of the army, navy and air force. “I am immensely proud of Task Force Tropic and the troops who will support this BTH,” said Trombitas. “They have volunteered their own time away from family and civilian jobs to work with Honduran forces to provide assistance.” After the ceremony concluded and the dignitaries departed, the Task Force Tropic Soldiers broke ground on a new construction project, building the first school. By Dialogo April 25, 2012 How do I get in touch with youlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: SCHOOL NOTES

first_imgIndoor Hurling & Camogie Finals:Congratulations to Tooban NS (hurling) and Woodlands NS (camogie) on winning the county indoor titles recently.Football Competitions: Fixtures for the 2012/13 season are now on the website. Teachers are encouraged to play as many blitzes as possible in their section in order to give the pupils as much game time as possible. Results should be recorded and the school with the most wins will qualify for the knockout stages in April.Mouth Guards:Teachers please note that from Jan. 1st 2013, it will be compulsory for all players to wear mouthguards during Cumann na mBunscol football competitions. Players will not be allowed on to the field of play without one after this date. This is a directive from the National Committee of the GAA and will also be implemented at club level.Committee Meeting: The next monthly meeting will be held in Heaney’s, Ballybofey on Jan. 9th @ 5pm.Christmas Wishes:The county committee would like to wish everyone a merry christmas and a happy new year!   GAA NEWS: SCHOOL NOTES was last modified: December 17th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA schools noteslast_img read more

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