• SARRAX-OCH, Guatemala " Children gather as the sun wanes and watch Guatemalan and U.S. Soldiers before the ceremony begins and signifies the opening of Beyond the Horizon Guatemala 2012 (BTH) operations in the town of Sarrax-Och. Soldiers deployed in support of BTH will, over the next few months, construct an entirely new school building in addition to renovating an existing structure.  These military engineering projects will more than triple the current school's square footage.  Photograph by 2nd Lt. Williams, Harold.

    Task Force Arriero Commander visits school set for renovations

    SARRAX-OCH, Guatemala " Children gather as the sun wanes and watch Guatemalan and U.S. Soldiers before the ceremony begins and signifies the opening of Beyond the Horizon Guatemala 2012 (BTH) operations in the town of Sarrax-Och. Soldiers deployed in...

  • Children investigate as U.S. Army Soldiers, deployed to Guatemala in support of the U.S. Army South-led humanitarian and military engineering exercise Beyond the Horizon Guatemala 2012 (BTH), prepare work site lighting equipment in the town of Sarrax-Och.  BTH aims to demonstrate U.S. commitment to and support of Guatemala through humanitarian aid and military engineering works completed over the next few months.

    Task Force Arriero Commander visits school set for renovations

    Children investigate as U.S. Army Soldiers, deployed to Guatemala in support of the U.S. Army South-led humanitarian and military engineering exercise Beyond the Horizon Guatemala 2012 (BTH), prepare work site lighting equipment in the town of...

  • Lt. Col. John Findley, commander of the Beyond the Horizon Guatemala 2012 (BTH) Partnership for the Americas command and control element (PACCE), the 35th Engineer Brigade, Missouri National Guard, looks on as town officials address the gathered crowd at the start of BTH operations.  As one of many BTH military engineering exercises, Sarrax-Och will be the site of a new school complex built by U.S. military forces over the next few months.

    Task Force Arriero Commander visits school set for renovations

    Lt. Col. John Findley, commander of the Beyond the Horizon Guatemala 2012 (BTH) Partnership for the Americas command and control element (PACCE), the 35th Engineer Brigade, Missouri National Guard, looks on as town officials address the gathered crowd...

  • A young girl in the town of Sarrax-Och, site of a ceremony officially starting military engineering operations on behalf of Beyond the Horizon Guatemala 2012 (BTH) on April 16, 2012, shields her eyes and looks at the U.S. Army Soldier taking her picture.  BTH operations in Sarrax-Och will, between the opening ceremony and July 2012, construct and renovate school buildings to provide a community of about 1,000 people with more than three times the school area.

    Task Force Arriero Commander visits school set for renovations

    A young girl in the town of Sarrax-Och, site of a ceremony officially starting military engineering operations on behalf of Beyond the Horizon Guatemala 2012 (BTH) on April 16, 2012, shields her eyes and looks at the U.S. Army Soldier taking her...

  • Lt. Col. John Findley, commander of the Beyond the Horizon Guatemala 2012 (BTH) Partnership for the Americas command and control element (PACCE), the 35th Engineer Brigade, Missouri National Guard, looks on as town officials address the gathered crowd at the start of BTH operations.  As one of many BTH military engineering exercises, Sarrax-Och will be the site of a new school complex built by U.S. military forces over the next few months.

    Task Force Arriero Commander visits school set for renovations

    Lt. Col. John Findley, commander of the Beyond the Horizon Guatemala 2012 (BTH) Partnership for the Americas command and control element (PACCE), the 35th Engineer Brigade, Missouri National Guard, looks on as town officials address the gathered crowd...

SARRAX OCH, Guatemala - Beyond the Horizon 2012 Task Force Arriero Commander, Lt. Col. John Findley from the Missouri Army National Guard 35th Engineer Brigade, visited the a site on April 17 where U.S. Soldiers working with Guatemalan personnel will renovate at school.

"Along with our construction project, we are looking to build a partnership with the people of Guatemala. Findley said. Our soldiers will gain valuable experiences that will be a lasting legacy of our partnership together."

The 35th Engineering Brigade will take the lead in the school renovation. The task force Soldiers working with Guatemalan forces will add a roof to an existing structure and install new bathrooms. In addition they will build another building to add additional classroom space. They estimate the project will take approximately three months.

BTH Honduras 2012 is an Army South exercise deploying military engineers and medical professionals to Guatemala for training, while providing services to rural communities. BTH is part of U.S. Southern Command's annual humanitarian and civic assistance program.

Sergeant 1st Class Gregory Estep, who's a member of the Missouri Training Site, is serving as the project manager and looking forward to working on this project.

"I'm really excited to have this opportunity to work with the people of Sarrax Och. We're going to make sure they get the best effort the Missouri National Guard has to give," said Estep

TF Arriero is schedule to work on several projects while in the area. The projects include school renovation, medical assistance projects and construction of clinics.

According to Findley, w´╗┐orking closely with host nation forces and civilian organizations, BTH teams participate in a valuable training opportunity and provide medical, dental and engineering support.

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