Local Navy Hospitalman participates in humanitarian aid in Belize


Dermatologist Assistant Hospitalman Apprentice Keone Hooker, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, attached to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia, removes a botfly larva from a patient’s cheek at the Independence Polyclinic in Independence, Belize during “Continuing Promise 2015.”

Continuing Promise is a United States Southern Command-sponsored and United States Naval Forces Southern Command/United States 4th Fleet-conducted deployment to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian-civil assistance; subject matter expert exchanges; medical, dental; veterinary and engineering support; disaster response to partner nations; and to show United States support and commitment to Central and South America and the Caribbean.