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U.S. Southern Command To Build Health Clinic

June 20, 2008

The U.S. military’s Southern Command (Southcom) announced it is constructing a health clinic in the Talamanca region of Costa Rica, near the Panama border.

A 345-square-meter clinic in Limón province will be built in the community of El Bambú, according to a U.S. Embassy press release. Construction is scheduled to start this month.

In recent months, Southcom has become increasingly active in Costa Rica. In February, the agency announced plans to double counter-narcotics funding to Costa Rica to $2 million. Then in April, they announced a $250,000 contribution toward a new Coast Guard base in Puntarenas. Also that month, the U.S.

Navy reactivated its 4th Fleet, dormant since the 1950s, and placed it under Southcom’s command to patrol waters off Central and South America. Southcom, with headquarters in Miami, coordinates the Army, Navy, Air Force,Marines and Coast Guard under the leadership of a fourstar general. It is responsible for “contingency planning, operations, and security cooperation for Central and South America, the Caribbean, Cuba, the Bahamas and their territorial waters,” according to its Web site.

 

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