The Air Force has sent 35 medical personnel to participate in New Horizons-Peru 2008, which runs through Aug. 31 and will provide medical care to residents in the poorest regions of Ayacucho. In another facet of the US Southern Command-sponsored program, US military personnel will construct medical clinics, schools, and water wells. The Air Force medics hail mainly from March Air Reserve Base in California and Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and include dental, general medicine, optometry, and public health personnel. (Task force release by TSgt. Kerry Jackson)
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.