Guatemala is first stop for this year’s Continuing Promise

first_img Guatemala is first stop for this year’s Continuing Promise Guatemala will be the first destination of this year’s, multi-service, humanitarian mission Continuing Promise.A team of 169 U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps service members departed Naval Station Mayport, Florida, January 26, for a stop in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala.They will spend roughly two weeks in the city located on the nation’s Atlantic coast. While there, they will provide veterinary and medical services to local communities which include preventative treatments, dental care, optometry screenings, and women’s health services.“Our visit gives us the chance to build on the previous missions’ successes, while working with our partners to leave a positive impact in local communities,” said Capt. Errin Armstrong, CP-17’s commander, who also participated in Continuing Promise 2015’s visit to Guatemala.The team’s departure aboard Military Sealift Command’s expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) capped off nearly a week of training in Mayport. Service members were taught local customs and courtesies, and got a little dirty practicing the setup of the living and support facilities which will make up their temporary camp during mission stops.CP-17 is scheduled to run from January to April and will visit Guatemala, Honduras, and Colombia.CP-17 is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted deployment to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian assistance, training engagements and medical, dental, and veterinary support in an effort to show U.S. support and commitment to Central and South America. Authorities View post tag: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Guatemala is first stop for this year’s Continuing Promise center_img View post tag: Continuing Promise January 30, 2017 Share this articlelast_img read more