Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Bangladesh, U.S. Military Members Partner to Provide Care, Construction

U.S. Sailors and Marines worked with Bangladesh Armed Forces counterparts to provide basic medical and dental care to approximately 1,000 patients, and construct buildings at two schools Aug. 1-11.

The projects took place in several northern districts of Bangladesh, and as reported by AHN, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh James F. Moriarity said the medical and engineering projects continue a tradition of close cooperation between the U.S. and Bangladeshi militaries, as well as a wider U.S. assistance effort that involves a variety of agencies, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The engineering projects resulted in a new building at two separate schools. Basic medical and dental care was provided at two locations, as well. The engineers, from 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and Sailors from 3rd Medical and Dental Battalions are Okinawa-Japan based.

The Bangladesh Interoperability Program, as this outreach was called, is one of a number of ongoing and routine engagements throughout the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility designed to improve the quality of life of people in need, while also building understanding and important professional relationships between military and civilian counterparts.

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