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Small Group of Marines, Sailors Complete ‘First step’ in Building Long-Term Latin America Task Force

Small Group of Marines, Sailors Complete ‘First Step’ in Building Long-Term Latin America Task Force by Todd South – Marine Corps Times

A group of 300 Marines and sailors recently completed a rotation in Central America that could be the foundation of a new multinational task force for everything from natural disaster to security responses.

 

Marines with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Southern Command, deployed to Honduras in June and returned to home station in November. During that six-month tour they trained troops in the region on basic infantry skills, worked engineering projects such as water mains, medical clinics and school construction/repair.

 

This was the fourth consecutive year the Marine Corps deployed such a Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force during the hurricane season. But this year saw the first integration of a foreign nation officer within the command staff…

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