US Air Force Assists in School Construction in Belize
Air Force civil engineers and Army combat heavy engineers lay mortar on structural blocks April 19, 2013, at the construction site of Louisiana Primary School at Orange Walk in Belize.
Civil engineers from the U.S. and Belize are constructing various structures throughout Belize as part of an exercise called New Horizons. Building these facilities will support further education for the children of the country and provide valuable training for the U.S. and Belizean service members.
New Horizons is an annual training exercise for U.S. military civil engineers and medical professionals that prepare participants to deploy, conduct joint operations with partner nations, and redeploy back to the United States. New Horizons 2013 is scheduled to take place in the Central American country of Belize from early-April to late-June.
New Horizons began in the mid-1980s and since then, U.S. Air Force Airmen and members of other services working under U.S. Southern Command have built schools, community centers, provided medical care and much more in efforts to form partnerships between the United States and Central American, South American and Caribbean nations. The exercise’s principal objectives are to: 1) provide U.S. military members an opportunity to train for an overseas deployment and all of the logistical requirements it entails; and 2) promote bilateral cooperation by providing real opportunities for U.S. and partner-nation military engineers, medical personnel and support staff to work and train side-by-side. (Photo Caption: U.S. Air Force photo/Tech Sgt. Tony Tolley)