The life of eight-year-old Pedro Daniel Anton was changed as doctors on board the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) in Paita, Peru, repaired his cleft lip and palate. Carlos Ramos, 59, from the coast of Pisorja, Ecuador, traveled seven hours with a friend to Esmeraldas, where surgeons on board the Comfort performed cataract surgery to improve his eyesight. More than 26,000 patients such as Pedro and Carlos benefited from Enduring Promise 18 (EP 18)—a humanitarian assistance mission to Central and South America—and the goodwill generated for the United States and our allies was immeasurable. Yet, commanding such a humanitarian assistance (HA) mission comes with challenges and opportunities that leaders must be prepared to meet.
Humanitarian Assistance Tests Leaders
By Captain Bill Shafley, U.S. Navy