MEDRETEMedical Readiness Training Exercise
MEDRETEMedical Readiness Education and Training Exercises
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Charmayne Pope, an operations officer for MEDRETE 17-5 and a company commander for the 212th CSH.
This type of real-world training is priceless for the MEDRETE staff.
The MEDRETEs bring skilled military medical personnel who provide free dental care and medical assessment and treatment to the most rural areas of Honduras and other parts of Central and South America, including the Dominican Republic, Panama, Nicaragua, Colombia and Costa Rica.
The MEDRETE team spent nine days in--country and visited four villages, with each visit taking us deeper into the country.
Embassy in San Jose's Office of the Defense Representative coordinated the MEDRETE mission, supported by the post's administrative, political, regional security and public affairs offices.
Although the MEDRETEs vary in scope and size, they can involve 30 or more medical professionals, translators, and volunteers who screen and treat up to 600 local national patients per day.
Forces Command sponsored the deployment of 2,000 members of engineer, medical, aviation, and military police units from the Kentucky National Guard to Esmeraldas Province in 1998 to construct schools, clinics, and sanitary facilities in conjunction with conduct of joint MEDRETE operations.
The MEDRETE location at Los Limones is expecting nearly 800 patients daily.
Although Amador provided his dental services in the exercise, his main job is coordination of the MEDRETE.
The MEDRETE, her first during her four-month deployment to Honduras from Langley Air Force Base, Va.
Traditionally conducted by Army Reserve Soldiers with USARSO oversight, New Horizons and MEDRETE exercises this year also provided training opportunities for National Guard Soldiers, Heaney added.
We conduct around 60 MEDRETEs each year (mostly split between the Air Force and Army) to deliver needed health care to remote local populations while training our members for deployments and redeployments.