Partnerships

Returning to Make a Difference

Jan. 11, 2019

Army Sgt. Marco Martinez, a medic assigned to Joint Task Force Bravo, shares his story of returning to his native country, Honduras, during Operation Enduring Promise and JTF-Bravo Medical Readiness Training to provide medical care for the people there.

JTF-Bravo’s medical element is comprised of many medical teams designed to provide humanitarian assistance and medical readiness throughout U.S. Southern Command.

A U.S. military doctor discusses operation procedure with patient.
Medical Mission
U.S. military medical personnel prepare a patient for surgery aboard the USNS Comfort in Trujillo, Honduras, Dec. 10, 2018. The ship’s medical personnel performed 159 surgeries during their visit and treated 3,338 medical patients, 1,426 optometry patients and 711 dental patients.
Photo By: Maria Pinel, Army
VIRIN: 181210-A-VI420-0034C
A U.S. service member teaches a girl to brush her teeth.
Pearly Teeth
Navy Chief Petty Officer Tanya Burton helps a young patient practice cleaning teeth at one of two Enduring Promise medical sites in Trujillo, Honduras, Dec. 10, 2018. The hospital ship USNS Comfort is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command's Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, medical teams from the ship are providing care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on local medical systems.
Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Waldrop
VIRIN: 181210-N-NT747-1064C
A U.S. service member plays with a toddler being held by her mom.
Baby's Smile
Navy Seaman Alyssa Barber, left, plays with a patient's baby at one of two Enduring Promise medical sites in Trujillo, Honduras, Dec. 9, 2018. The hospital ship USNS Comfort is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command's Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, medical teams from the ship are providing care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on local medical systems.
Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kris R. Lindstrom
VIRIN: 181209-N-GN619-1103C
A U.S. service member holds an elderly man’s arm while helping him walk to get treatment at a medical clinic.
Seaman Support
Navy Seaman Eric Trybus helps a patient walk to a medical station to receive treatment at one of two Enduring Promise medical sites in Trujillo, Honduras, Dec. 10, 2018. The hospital ship USNS Comfort is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command's Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, medical teams from the ship are providing care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on local medical systems.
Photo By: Navy Seaman J. Keith Wilson
VIRIN: 181210-N-SG189-1021C