The Dominican Republic Leads New Horizons 2017

The Dominican Republic Leads New Horizons 2017

By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo
June 20, 2017



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Between March 1st and July 3rd, as part of the New Horizons 2017 exercise, the Office of Security Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo and the Dominican Ministry of Defense (MIDE, per its Spanish acronym) are providing health care services and building three clinics and a vocational school in the provinces of San Juan de la Managua and Azua. The assistance is being provided through Task Force Grand Slam with the motto, “Working Together for a Better Future.” A contingent comprising roughly 200 troops from Air Forces Southern (AFSOUTH), the Air Force component of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), health care professionals, and engineers have joined forces with the counterparts in the Dominican Armed Forces to provide free medical outreach in the two Dominican provinces. New Horizons is an annual, joint exercise launched in the mid-1980s to provide humanitarian aid in Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Its main goal is to promote bilateral cooperation, interoperability, and joint-response capacities during natural disasters. Sponsored by SOUTHCOM and executed by AFSOUTH, the civilian-military humanitarian aid exercise is backed by the ministries of Health, Education, and Sports, as well as by civilian authorities in the jurisdictions that benefit from the assistance. During the medical outreach days, 15,000 residents of Azua and San Juan receive medical treatment free of charge from specialists in the fields of dentistry, general medicine, optometry, pediatrics, dermatology, and elective and ambulatory surgery. Surgeries are performed at the Military Hospital of the Dominican Armed Forces on those suffering from gynecological, ophthalmological, urological, and ENT issues. U.S. troops, in collaboration with the MIDE Office of Engineering, are building two health care centers in the towns of North and South Corbano in San Juan, and a third in Hato Nuevo Cortez in Azua. They are also erecting a vocational school in the community of Arroyo Cano, which will help children develop their potential. “These health care centers will have a great impact on these remote communities. Even so, they must become part of the government’s health care strategy so they can have permanent doctors and not run the risk of being abandoned,” Daniel Pou, a Dominican security and defense analyst, told Diálogo. With the goal of ensuring the success of the humanitarian aid project, Dominican Army, Air Force, and Navy personnel are providing security in the housing centers and in places where the infrastructure work is being performed. Development and solidarity “This humanitarian aid program is part of the cooperation between the two countries in which we are promoting human development and solidarity for those in need,” Lieutenant General Rubén D. Paulino Sem, the Dominican defense minister, said during the New Horizons 2017 opening ceremony, according to a MIDE report. These programs have been conducted in five of the Dominican Republic’s 32 provinces on six occasions since 2006. “Approximately 105,000 residents have benefited from the health care services during the six joint humanitarian exercises,” Colonel Rafael David Abreu, deputy director of operations for the Office of Plans and Operations of the MIDE Joint Staff, reported to Diálogo. “New Horizons offers U.S. and Dominican troops the opportunity to train in health care, logistics, and civil engineering while improving the quality of life for the population,” he stressed. But it also serves as a forum for forging relationships between military members and government officials from the two countries. Humanitarian aid plan MIDE indicated that the civilian-military exercises allow the participating units to improve their response capacity. Thus, they can more quickly and efficiently deal with the effects of natural disasters on vulnerable populations, and promote regional security and stability. “Cooperating on humanitarian aid helps with the important task of involving our military corps in finding solutions or mitigating the needs of the Dominican people, and this inspires trust and acceptance in the community,” Col. Abreu stressed. “Any social program should have an ongoing presence in order to have a greater social impact, mainly in the country’s remote regions,” Pou added. In addition to the invaluable civilian-military aid operation, SOUTHCOM and the Dominican authorities are discussing coordination for the next joint combined mission - Continuing Promise 2018. This is another effort by SOUTHCOM to bring health care services, humanitarian aid, and civic support to vulnerable communities in Latin America and the Caribbean. “Despite the big cultural differences, our ties of mutual trust and support are strengthened when we conduct joint work. This helps build a great deal of professionalism and understanding between members of the two countries’ armed forces,” Col. Abreu concluded.
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