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    BDF private stands guard during New Horizons exercise

    BDF private stands guard during New Horizons exercise

    Photo By Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden | Belize Defence Force Pvt. Kadeem Guzman pulls security at the New Horizons preschool...... read more read more



    Story by Tech. Sgt. Brandy Stocker 

    12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern)

    HATTIEVILLE, Belize - Sitting quietly, acutely aware of his surroundings, a young Belize Defence Force guard stands watch over a construction site and the partially built walls of a new preschool.

    Having joined the volunteer BDF three years earlier at 16-years-old, Pvt. Guzman considers himself to be a seasoned guard.

    “It’s pretty quiet during the day, I get to enjoy the friendly environment,” he says about the worksite, “I enjoy coming to work.”

    Looking out through the opening of his tent, he points at the preschool in progress and says, “… this will help a lot of children, it will let them be at school and learn a trade doing something good for their life,” he smiles and says “I’m happy to be a part of it.”

    Pvt. Guzman, who volunteered to work security during the New Horizons exercise, says that he wanted “to observe how the U.S. military operates,” and he hopes that this joint exercise will integrate him more into the Regular BDF (which he someday hopes to possibly join in a few years) as they demonstrate the capabilities of the BDF in a joint environment.

    The BDF security detail at each site has been vital to the New Horizons mission.

    Soldiers from the Belize Defence Force have been leading the charge in providing round-the-clock teams to safeguard vital New Horizons assets at five construction site locations since exercise construction and medical equipment arrived at the Port of Belize, March 8.

    The Belize Defence Force will lead 24/7 security details at each one of the five construction sites until the end of the exercise in late-June.



    Date Taken: 04.22.2014
    Date Posted: 04.22.2014 18:04
    Story ID: 127126
    Location: HATTIEVILLE, BZ

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