Seabees, JTF-Bravo Fulfill Continuing Promise Projects in Suriname

first_img The eight nation, four-month humanitarian civic assistance mission, Continuing Promise 2010, was in its third day of operations in its final country visit, Suriname, when the USS Iwo Jima was suddenly redirected to Haiti to offer assistance in the wake of Tropical Storm Thomas to the people of that already stressed Caribbean nation. To fulfill Continuing Promise’s medical and construction project commitments to the government and people of Suriname, the United States Southern Command quickly directed two new missions to the South American country. Surinamers were cooperative and understanding of the sudden change in plans, and have since welcomed the work of 19 Seabees who arrived on November 5, from the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7, to complete the three construction projects started by Iwo Jima. “This is just another example of our ‘Can Do’ spirit, because we’re committed to supporting Navy efforts in the region by joining Continuing Promise,” said Chief Steel Worker Gene Murphy, NMCB 7 team leader according to Navy.mil. The Seabees have provided significant carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work to ensure completion of three humanitarian assistance projects in Suriname . They renovated the Rebecca Scheltz Girls Home by demolishing and reinstalling two fire escapes, repairing the electrical system, building a new pavilion, installing interior flooring, painting the interior and exterior walls and renovating a bathroom dormitory. The Seabees constructed a new 16’ by 32’ building for the Para District Region Library, located about an hour from the Surinamese capital. The work for this project included building bookshelves, tables and chairs, painting the building and installing all power, lights, A/C, windows, doors and insulation. In addition to major plumbing renovations at the A.J.D. Wijdenbosch Kleuterschool, a school for pre-school and kindergarten aged children, the Seabees are repairing fences and installing new playground equipment. To fulfill the commitment of Continuing Promise 2010 to provide medical care services, USSOUTHCOM Operations has directed Joint Task Force Bravo –one of three task forces under USSOUTHCOM- to deploy to Suriname. The primary mission of the surgeons from the task force includes completing six surgeries on critical patients in Suriname, ranging from the removal of tumors and masses, to biopsies and lesion excisions, according to LTC Eric Milstrey, main planner for the mission at the USSOUTHCOM Surgeon Office. The surgeries will be carried out by the team of JTF-Bravo surgeons in local Surinamese hospitals in cooperation with local medical personnel as well. By Dialogo November 22, 2010last_img read more

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John wins l Kadir Mohamed 80-mile cycle road race

first_imgIN form team Coco’s Jamal John returned three hours 13 minutes, 6 seconds in winning the 6th Annual Kadir Mohamed 80-mile cycle road race yesterday which was staged along the Georgetown, East Bank and Linden Highway.The Flying Stars Cycle Club organized event wheeled off from Homestretch Avenue and proceeded along Mandela Avenue before turning on the East Bank Highway to journey to Dora on the Linden Highway before returning to the place of origin for the finish.The veterans over 45 years of age as well as the juveniles and mountain bikers turned back at the first hill at Splashmin’s Fun Park.However, it was while at Farm on the East Bank of Demerara that Christopher Griffith, Walter Grant-Stuart and John attacked, but this was short-lived as Raynauth Jeffrey, Orville Hinds, Shaquel Agard Alonzo Ambrose, Andrew Hicks and Geron Williams connected to the trio and together they battled for positions.In this Adrian Narine photo, Team Coco’s Jamal John (left) romps to victory in yesterday’s Kadir Mohamed ‘One Ounce of Gold’ 80-mile Cycle Road Race ahead of Raynauth Jeffrey (right).While on the downward journey, Jeffrey and Hinds attacked the pack and were subsequently joined by John and together the trio dominated the race until they reached the final turn for home at the junction of Mandela and Homestretch Avenue near the Cultural Centre, when John jumped the pack and won comfortably by almost 30 metres.Jeffrey outsprinted Hinds to take second, while Agard placed fourth, Williams fifth, DeNobrega sixth, Alonzo Ambrose seventh and Christopher Griffith eight, respectively.In other results, Curtis Dey won the junior category ahead of Nigel Dugid, Christopher Cornelius and Marcus Keiler, respectively.The juvenile event was won by Jonathan Ramsuchit who returned two hours 30 minutes, 17 seconds. Second in this category was Ralph Seenarine while David Hicks of Berbice placed third.The veterans’ under 45 years category was won by Junior Niles ahead of Paul Cho-Wee-Nam and Keith Fernandes respectively, while the veterans’ over 45 years of age was won by Ian Jackson. Second was Oliver Younge and finishing third was Kennard Lovell.Jude Bentley won the mountain bike category ahead of Seon Budhan and Julio Melville respectively.last_img read more

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