CSL Comalapa Personnel Support Habitat for Humanity in El Salvador

Story Number: NNS090715-30Release Date: 7/15/2009 10:02:00 PM
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From Cooperative Security Location Comalapa Public Affairs

SAN LUIS TALPA, El Salvador (NNS) -- Cooperative Security Location (CSL) Comalapa, Patrol Squadron 45, Sea Operational Detachment personnel along with PAE employees volunteered for a Habitat for Humanity community relations project in San Luis Talpa June 27.

"This is the first time I've worked like this, but it was a good experience helping other people," said Emerson Hernandez, one of the six PAE employees who participated in the event. "We can also get to know each other better, the PAE and Navy employees."

Navy volunteers mixed and moved concrete for the home's foundation.

"We are very grateful for the help that the CSL has provided," said David Paniagua, CSL's liaison for Habitat for Humanity within the Department of La Paz. "But more important is the sharing that is promoted by working with people that are not from here. This relationship demonstrates their altruism."

CSL Comalapa's primary mission is to provide logistical support to aerial counter-drug aircraft and their crews from U.S. military and government law enforcement organizations and to promote theater security cooperation (TSC) like community relations projects in the El Salvador area. TSC also includes military-to-military interaction and bilateral training opportunities.

CSL is under operational control of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (NAVSO)/U.S. 4th Fleet. As the Navy component commander for U.S. Southern Command, NAVSO/4th Fleet oversees maritime operations throughout Latin America, including exercises and deployments, counter illicit trafficking support, and theater security cooperation events.

For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/cusns/.

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