Guatemala: A Bridge in Retalhuleu Joins Two Nations
By Dialogo January 01, 2013
U.S. Marines who deployed to support the Guatemalan Military with Operation
Martillo in Retalhuleu, Guatemala, also provided a helping hand to repair a bridge
and a medical center.
During a visit in September 2012 to the temporary U.S. Cooperative Security
Location, Major General Ulises Noé Anzueto Girón, Guatemala’s minister of defense,
and the U.S. ambassador to Guatemala, Arnold A. Chacon, stopped by a bridge that had
been repaired by U.S. Marines at the Retalhuleu Southern Air Command.
Now, water runoff from the base goes through a culvert instead of eroding the
land. The work took three weeks, and the bridge and culvert are expected to last up
to 10 years, the Marines said.
Work on the medical center and medical ward included electrical system
repairs, plumbing hardware updates, installation of air conditioning units, and
maintenance renovations to both the ceiling and roof to prevent the growth of mold