• A Dominican child sits on a wall next to a construction site in which members of the 322nd Engineer Company conduct their annual training while participating in the Beyond the Horizon 2014 humanitarian mission, May 12, Barahona, Dominican Republic. The U.S. Army Reserve, U.S. Air Force and Guardsmen build clinics and classrooms in support to the people of Barahona province. (National Guard photo by Sgt. Wilma Orozco Fanfan, 113th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Task Force Larimar)

    Watching the Construction

    A Dominican child sits on a wall next to a construction site in which members of the 322nd Engineer Company conduct their annual training while participating in the Beyond the Horizon 2014 humanitarian mission, May 12, Barahona, Dominican Republic. The...

  • Pvt. Nathan Smith, a native of Chatfield, Minn., and Pfc. Dennis Palmer, a native of Bristow, Iowa, members of the 322nd Engineer Company alongside Sgt. Felix Matos Rafael, a native of Barahona, Dominican Republic and member of the 5th Engineer Brigade of the army of the Dominican Republic, work on building a school, May 8, Barahona, Dominican Republic. The U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army Reserve, Guardsmen and the army of the Dominican Republic, are working together to provide engineering and medical support to the people of Barahona province as part of the Beyond the Horizon 2014 mission, which provides humanitarian and civic assistance to the residents of Barahona. (National Guard photo by Sgt. Wilma Orozco Fanfan, 113th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Task Force Larimar)

    Working together

    Pvt. Nathan Smith, a native of Chatfield, Minn., and Pfc. Dennis Palmer, a native of Bristow, Iowa, members of the 322nd Engineer Company alongside Sgt. Felix Matos Rafael, a native of Barahona, Dominican Republic and member of the 5th Engineer Brigade...

  • Dominican children stands by a construction site in which members of the 322nd Engineer Company conduct their annual training while participating in the Beyond the Horizon 2014 humanitarian mission, May 12, Barahona, Dominican Republic. The U.S. Army Reserve, U.S. Air Force and Guardsmen build clinics and classrooms in support to the people of Barahona province. (National Guard photo by Sgt. Wilma Orozco Fanfan, 113th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Task Force Larimar)

    Chatting with the Engineers

    Dominican children stands by a construction site in which members of the 322nd Engineer Company conduct their annual training while participating in the Beyond the Horizon 2014 humanitarian mission, May 12, Barahona, Dominican Republic. The U.S. Army...

BARAHONA, Dominican Republic -- U.S. Army and Air Force engineers assigned to Task Force Larimar are participating in the 2014 humanitarian civic assistance mission Beyond the Horizon here. In this mission, sponsored by U.S. Army South, service members are building schools and clinics for the local citizens. This annual humanitarian exercise provides assistance to various Latin American countries by providing medical care and engineering projects to local citizens.

Not only does Beyond the Horizons 2014 allow the troops to provide humanitarian assistance to the host nation, but also allows the troops to refresh their skills and get cross-trained in different areas. During this phase of the mission, the engineers will be laying concrete blocks for a school building and finishing a roof at a medical clinic.

"When they come here, they learn to build different types of constructions," said Sgt. Maj. Darrell Sears, quality assurance for Task Force Larimar. "For engineer units, being well-rounded is really crucial"

Beyond the Horizons is supported by National Guard and Reserve units, conducting their annual training on a rotational basis. The rotations typically begin their work flow at a slow pace to ensure they pick-up where previous rotation ended. This provides them with the opportunity to become organized and ensure service members know what their tasks at-hand will be. Once the units get into their rhythm, the troops work together to ensure they complete their task, lending hands wherever it is needed.

"They typically accomplish more on the last four days than they do on the first six," said Sears.

In addition to support from service members from around the United States, locals from Barahona province are doing what they can to help out.

"We have had a great relationship with the local nationals. They have been real helpful to us getting whatever we need out here," said Spc. Michael Molby, a native of Brainerd, Minnesota, and an interior electrician, with the 389th Engineering Company out of Middletown, Iowa

With Beyond the Horizons 2014 continuing through the end of June, engineer units with Task Force Larimar will continue to play their part in the humanitarian mission, getting one step closer to completing the permanent structures for generations to come in the province of Barahona.

Page last updated Mon May 19th, 2014 at 11:18