Serving all around the globe, the men and women of our armed forces are working with the impoverished and needy peoples of the world in a variety of ways. An example that I received just today reports how military personnel from Australia, India, U.S., and other volunteer groups are currently rebuilding a school in Timor-Leste in the Pacific theater. http://www.news.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=38616 . Stories such as “USNS Grasp Crew Improves School Building for Deaf, Blind in Antigua” http://www.news.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=38539 are but a couple of hundreds of stories about our troops working to better the lives of people around the globe. For quite a while I have been following the reports of The Africa Partnership Station as well. This is a unique command of the U.S. Navy that responded in October of 2007 to the request of Africans who came forward needing help with stability within their borders, regions, and nation. It came at a time when the U.S. also needed new friendly partnerships to protect against ocean related terrorist, criminal, and dangerous acts. The French had been there for years with not much impact. The Chinese have been making inroads into the African continent for some gain, and, Al Queda has been making inroads into Somalia and Darfur to enlist new terrorists. Since our military has no policy directives in these suffering areas, they can only provide relief.

The Navy has dedicated two vessels which now travel off the west coast of Africa training local navies in maritime safety and security. In so doing, the personnel on board those ships have effectively changed the lives of tens of thousands of Africans with their good will. They have been digging water wells in Kenya http://www.news.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=37152 providing dental care, school construction, safety training, community rebuilding, and athletic events http://www.news.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=38506 , to name just a few things.

May, 2008 “Mercy and its Seabees will make their first stop as part of Pacific Partnership late this month to the Republic of the Philippines. They will renovate two health clinics and complete improvements to the surrounding area. For these projects, Seabees will be working with Armed Forces of the Philippines engineers. Philippine engineers requested to work with the Seabees again after working together during earlier operations this year.”, “U.S. Navy COMREL projects are efforts focused on touching the lives of people throughout the world in tangible ways, as an expression of our solidarity with all who face difficult challenges–at home and abroad–and our passion for hope and justice in the world,” said Lt. Cmdr. Luis Perez, chaplain and project coordinator USS Farragut”. http://www.news.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=37179.

This is just one part of our military’s commitment and dedication to peace, harmony, and the people of the world, enthusiastically promoted by our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters who are members of our armed forces. It is happening all over the globe in many ways. We never hear about this in the news because it is good news, and it is happening regularly. These folks, mostly young, are our greatest ambassadors today and deserve our kudos.

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