News Icon

News: JTF-Bravo service members build 14 homes for local community

Story by Capt. Rebecca HeyseSmall RSS IconSubscriptions Icon

JTF-B builds 14 homes for Honduran community Capt. Rebecca Heyse

A family walks up to receive the keys to their new home in Cane, Honduras. More than 100 service members volunteered time to build 14 houses in the community of Cane, Honduras, near Soto Cano Air Base.

SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras - More than 100 Joint Task Force-Bravo servicemembers partnered with non-governmental organizations and the city of Cane, Honduras, to construct 61 new homes for families in the community.

The mayor of Cane, Jose Rosario Tejada, reached out to JTF-B for help building the final 14 homes for the community. With a history of service with the regional Habitat for Humanity housing projects, the 612th Air Base Squadron was happy to take the lead to build the homes.

The five week project is the latest in the ongoing outreach efforts by members of JTF-B to help strengthen the relationship with and give back to the communities near Soto Cano Air Base.

“The interaction of the service members and the community helps build and strengthen the relationship with the base and the local community,” said Iris Medina, JTF-B Civil-Military Operations liaison. “All the service members are happy to help out however is needed whenever they can. It’s a great partnership.”

Construction began Oct. 27, 2012, with JTF-B volunteers working hand-in hand with Honduran volunteers each Saturday. The volunteers did everything from moving bricks by hand to each new home lot, to building retaining walls and painting the homes.

“Each week we talked with the project foreman and took over where the Hondurans left off,” said Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Terrazas, noncommissioned officer in charge personnel section, 612th Air Base Squadron.

The volunteers had the opportunity to not only work with the community of Cane but also with the families who would be received the homes.

“We worked alongside the families who would be receiving the homes,” said Terrazas. “The families were ecstatic. For some, the homes gave them a roof over their heads.”

The dedicated work of the volunteers and community members was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony during which the 61 families received the keys to their new homes. Also, during the ceremony Mayor Tejada presented JTF-B with a plaque commemorating the hard work and dedication of the service members.


Connected Media
ImagesJTF-B builds 14 homes...
Representatives from Joint Task Force-Bravo pause for a...
ImagesJTF-B builds 14 homes...
New homes for 61 families were constructed in the...
ImagesJTF-B builds 14 homes...
A priest blesses a home during the ribbon-cutting...
ImagesJTF-B builds 14 homes...
Col. Guy LeMire, Joint Task Force-Bravo commander,...
ImagesJTF-B builds 14 homes...
Col. Guy LeMire, Joint Task Force-Bravo commander,...
ImagesJTF-B builds 14 homes...
Community members from Cane, Honduras, attend the...
ImagesJTF-B builds 14 homes...
Col. Guy LeMire, Joint Task Force-Bravo commander, joins...
ImagesJTF-B builds 14 homes...
A family walks up to receive the keys to their new home...


Web Views
57
Downloads
0

Podcast Hits
0



Public Domain Mark
This work, JTF-Bravo service members build 14 homes for local community, by Capt. Rebecca Heyse, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:11.28.2012

Date Posted:12.19.2012 17:02

Location:SOTO CANO AIR BASE, HNGlobe

More Like This

  • Joint Task Force-Bravo partnered with four female Honduran National Police Officers, Community Engagement Section, to mentor young women aged 17-27 at the Arts for Humanity Women’s Leadership Center, as part of a commitment to assist in the development of partnership capacity in El Socorro, Honduras, April 18.
  • Several members of Joint Task Force-Bravo were on hand for the opening ceremony of the Honduras Special Olympics at Carlos Miranda Stadium in Comayagua today.
  • Service members from Joint Task Force-Bravo and the Honduran Air Force Academy participated in the 2nd Annual JTF-Bravo Wounded Warrior Project 24-hour relay April 4-5, 2014 at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras.
  • Joint Task Force- Bravo's Medical Element (MEDEL) members came together for a team building exercise, taking on an obstacle course at the home of Herberth Gaekel, the Soto Cano fire inspector, in Comayagua, Honduras, Nov 21-22.

Options

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • National Guard

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

SELECT A HOLIDAY:

VIDEO ON DEMAND

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Flickr