NEW AMSTERDAM, Guyana (NNS) -- Three Sailors, one Airman and a civilian from Idaho are contributing to the Navy's humanitarian civic assistance (HCA) mission, Continuing Promise 2010 (CP10) - Partnership of the Americas, in Central and South America aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).
Constructionman Lindzie Rose Bicknell, of St. Maries, Idaho; Project Hope photographer Bonnie Hudlet, of Hayden, Idaho; Capt. Lisa Inouye, of Wilder, Idaho; Staff Sgt. Alaina Muehlhausen of Couer d'Alene, Idaho; and Quartermaster 1st Class Kevin Young, of Burley, Idaho, have all contributed to some aspect of the CP10 mission since the ship left its Norfolk, Va. homeport July 12.
During a four-month period, Continuing Promise 2010 (CP10) has provided medical, dental, engineering, veterinary services and subject matter expert exchanges (SMEEs) to six of eight countries within Central and South America and the U.S. Southern Command's area of responsibility. USS Iwo Jima and CP10 personnel will continue the mission in Guyana and Suriname until the mission's end in November 2010.
"This mission is about the continued promise of partnership between the United States and host nations," said CP10 Commodore Capt. Thomas Negus. "It is about building and sustaining relationships in the interest of better cooperation and collaboration when disasters hit."
Bicknell is a U.S. Navy Seabee who provides engineering services in each host nation and is presently assigned to Naval mobile Construction Battalion Seven (NMCB 7) Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 202.
"SWCN Bicknell serves as a crew member on various construction sites and is making a difference in each of these host nations," said NCMB 7 CBMU 202 Officer In Charge Lt. j.g. Kelly Stevens. "She's a hard worker and I see the difference she makes in these rural communities every day, whether it's building a playground or repairing a local school. She is a true asset to our crew."
Hudlet is a civilian photographer who left the CP10 mission when USS Iwo Jima docked just outside Cartagena, Colombia. Hudlet, a former Hagadone Corporation newspaper photographer, served as the non-governmental organization (NGO) Project Hope public affairs officer (PAO) and photographer. Hudlet served as the Rotation 3 Project Hope PAO and before joining the CP10 mission, she served in South America.
"I've been doing faith-based ministry photography in South America for some time," she said. "I'm presently unemployed and took the opportunity to go abroad and support Project Hope and Continuing Promise 2010 when the opportunity presented itself."
Inouye, whose parents live in Caldwell, Idaho, graduated from Wilder High School. For the first part of the mission, Inouye served as the Continuing Promise 2010 director of medical services and for the entire mission serves as the Graduate Medical Education coordinator.
Stateside, Inouye is staff physician and program director, for internal medicine residency, at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Va.
Long has served on active duty for 18 years and is the USS Iwo Jima Navigation Department's leading petty officer.
"We have put in a lot of effort to get the Navy's finest amphibious warfare ship to all of the countries served during CP10," said Young. "I am proud of my team of 15 quartermasters who have helped navigate the ship safely through 10,000 plus miles of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. It has been a great and much different experience than a normal deployment, we are giving people of much less fortune much needed help. It feels good to give our help to these South American countries."
Muelhausen supports the mission at the various medical sites, assists physicians with exams and procedures and facilitates patient flow.
"Staff Sgt. Muelhausen has been an invaluable asset to the Joint Medical Group," said Lt. Virginia Hindrichs, CP10 director, nursing services. "As a medic she performs multiple functions such as pre-operative and post-operative care to both host nation and ship's company patients aboard the USS IWO JIMA. As one of the most senior medics, she has served as a team leader in the Director for Nursing Services, flawlessly leading seven junior, tri-service personnel."
This HCA mission is unique as Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, and Marines with the Special Purpose Marine, Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) serve with foreign national medical personnel from Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Paraguay, Colombia, Guatemala and France and various non-governmental organizations (NGOs). NGO volunteers bring medical treatment, or donate goods to the mission. U.S. Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7 NMCB 7 CBMU 202 provide engineering services to the mission.
"As the director of medical services, Capt. Inouye manages 34 U.S. military, foreign military, and civilian doctors in support of the humanitarian civic assistance mission called Continuing Promise 2010," said CP10 Joint Medical Group Mission Commander Capt. William Tanner. "The medical mission is visiting eight countries in Central and South America where Capt. Inouye ensures quality medical care is provided in a safe and efficient manner. She coordinates ongoing training of the medical personnel for disaster response in case we are called to assist a foreign nation at a time of crisis. One of the senior members of the mission, her leadership and experience is key to the success of the mission."
The mission also incorporates the readiness element for humanitarian, disaster relief support. When tropical storm Matthew brought extensive rain to the area, USS Iwo Jima moved northward Sept. 24 to prepare to support Honduras in case of a disaster. Luckily, relief was not required and the ship moved on with the HCA mission and proceeded to drop anchor off the coast of Chiriqui Grande, Panama Sept. 26.
Approximately 1,500 personnel are presently deployed aboard USS Iwo Jima. Upon completion of CP10 in November, Iwo Jima will have visited Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Nicaragua, Panama and Suriname.
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