A day before the official close of Tradewinds Exercise 2018, foreign Officers and Marines participating in the event along with officials from the United States Embassy in New Providence completed a community outreach project at the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled School.

Military personnel involved in Exercise Tradewinds 2018 took time to paint the exterior of the School’s building, as well as cut down and remove overgrown shrubs and bushes from around the facility. Members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force also assisted with the community project.

Tradewinds troops started the project at the Physically Disabled School where they interacted with the students through a variety of sensory toys and games. The troops also engaged the children through the reading of books and sing-along music.

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is hosting the annual regional training exercise with approximately 800 participants from 22 nations. The exercise culminates on June 21st with an official closing ceremony at the Defence Force Base.


Canadian Troops painting the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled School on June 20, 2018. They complemented the Tradewinds Troops who performed charitable work on the site.
(RBDF Photos by Chief Petty Officer Jonathan Rolle and Marine Seaman Kyle Smith)
Some of the Leaders of Tradewinds Exercise at the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled School on June 20, 2018 where the troops performed charitable work.
From Left: Colonel Thomas Bright, US Northern Command; Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel, who is also the Chief of Defence Staff for the exercise; Major General Branyon, Deputy Commander for Mobilization and Reserve Affairs for the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM); Sub Lieutenant Mladen Djekic, Bridge Officer, Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Landing Ship Mount Bay; Captain Steven Dearborn of the US Embassy in Nassau; Lieutenant Commander Kevin Self, Office of Defense at the US Embassy; and Captain Jonathan Cooke, Engineer Troop Commander.

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