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NEWS | Aug. 18, 2022

U.S. Military Health Team will visit Guatemala in August

By Public Affairs Office Joint Task Force-Bravo

The 2022 Health Engagements Assistance Response Team (HEART 22) will visit hospitals in Guatemala City and Quetzaltenango in mid-August 2022.  HEART 22 is a team of U.S. Army and Air Force medical and support personnel assigned to the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM).  Approximately 25 members will travel to Guatemala. 

The goal of HEART 22 is to address critical medical needs of communities, by providing high-impact medical services together with partner nation medical professionals.  The medical professionals on the team will work side-by-side with Guatemalan medical professionals for two weeks, providing orthopedic, ophthalmic, and dental services.  Surgical patients were pre-selected by Guatemala to ensure that the combined medical teams are able to treat patients as efficiently as possible.  The visit also includes the donation of medical equipment and volunteer services by non-federal U.S. entities.

HEART 22 already visited Honduras.  U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras will transport the team and medical materials. 

This operation is an example of the U.S.’s enduring commitment to work with partner nations.  Through collaboration, the U.S., Guatemalan and Honduran teams will increase medical readiness, strengthen relationships, and support the well-being of communities together.

 

For more information, please contact: 

Capt. Patrick Gargan                                      

JTF-Bravo Public Affairs Office                   

(504) 2713-5123, ext. 4494640/4494150