News: Indianapolis airman deploys to Belize for medical, construction mission
Story by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden
BELIZE CITY, Belize - An Indianapolis, Ind., airman recently deployed to Belize as part of the U.S. Southern Command-sponsored New Horizons exercise.
Senior Airman Tyler Walker, a 355th Contracting Squadron specialist with five years of military service, is in Belize providing exercise affiliated personnel with sound business advice, logistical support and contracting guidance.
Walker, who has spent a significant amount of time training and taking courses to be able to execute this mission, will finally be able to sign his own name to a government contract for the very first time.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity to come to Belize, train and learn how to do things from the ground up,” said Senior Airman Walker. “Many senior airmen in our career field don’t get this kind of field experience until they are at least a staff or technical sergeant, so I feel very fortunate.”
The New Horizons exercise gives U.S. military members the opportunity to deploy, operate and redeploy while including the added benefit of working with and learning from our international partners.
Exercise personnel affiliated with New Horizons will be working at several locations throughout Belize.
There will be multiple medical readiness training exercises in Belize City, Corozal and in areas surrounding Punta Gorda. During these medical readiness training exercises, teams of medical doctors and specialists with equipment and supplies will provide medical treatment to the local population. The doctors and specialists are comprised of U.S. and Belizean professionals. In addition, civil engineers from both the U.S. and Belize will construct a hospital ward in Belmopan, three schools in Belize City, and one school in Hattieville. The schools will support furthering the education of children in the country.