Task Force Tropic commander provides update

118th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Story by Sgt. 1st Class Walter Van Ochten

Date: 05.08.2012
Posted: 05.23.2012 12:45
News ID: 88883

NACO CORTEX, Honduras - Lt. Col. Robert L. Jones from the Missouri Army National Guard and commander of Task Force Tropictook part in a press conference held at the San Pedro Sula city hall, May 8.

The press conference was held to explain the role of the members of “Task Force Tropic” and update the Honduran people about the progress being made by the crews, as part of Beyond the Horizon 2012.

Jones explained that the overall plan for BTH will be building two, two-room schools and two medical clinics. Working with Honduran forces, U.S. personnel will also conduct two Medical Readiness Training Exercises, two Veterinarian Readiness Training Exercises and a Dental Readiness Training Exercise while they are here.

Jones reported that all the construction projects are on schedule. More than 3,700 Honduran patients have been seen and U.S. and Honduran medical providers have performed nearly 4,500 procedures.

Beyond the Horizon is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored, U.S. Army South conducted annual humanitarian and civic exercise. BTH in Honduras is conducting civil and military operations, including medical, dental, and engineering construction at the request of the government of Honduras and to assist this U.S. partner.

Two of those Honduran partners, Col. Rolando Discua, brigade commander for the Honduran 105 Infantry Brigade and Dr. Reiner Laitano, San Padro Sula vice mayor also met with the media during the press conference.

They expressed gratitude to the American service members whose efforts in the community of Micheletti, will help build a two-room school, so local will be able to use in the next school year.