Exercise New Horizon returns to Guyana in 2019

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Linden, Yarrowkabra, New Amsterdam and Base Camp Seweyo to benefit

DPI, GUYANA, Monday, June 11, 2018

In keeping with the its mandate, the US Southern Command will conduct Exercise New Horizon 2019 in Guyana.

The exercise will see a combination of approximately 250 US Force engineers and medical professionals offering their skills from January to August.

The exercise will see Linden benefitting from the construction of a women’s shelter, community centres and medical outreaches, while Yarrowkabra will benefit from the construction of a community center. Medical and veterinary outreaches will be done in New Amsterdam. At Base Camp Seweyo, repairs to the access road, the installation of solar powered street lamps and the general development of the housing area for participating troops, will be undertaken.

A delegation from Guyana attended the initial planning conference for the project from May 8th May 10th in Arizona, USA. This involved representatives from the Linden Mayor and Town Council, Guyana Defence Force, United States Security Co-operation Office, Ministry of Communities, Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Public Health.

Exercise New Horizon 2019 will create an opportunity for Guyana to strengthen its bilateral relations, build capacity and establish networks with the United States.

New Horizons is an annual training exercise for the U.S. Forces that prepares participants to deploy and conduct joint operations with partner nations. It was conducted in Guyana in 2004 and 2009 and saw the construction of clinics and schools and medical outreaches.

By: Stephon Gabriel.