By Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Miguel A. Rivera, Cooperative Security Location, Comalapa, Public Affairs
COMALAPA, El Salvador (NNS) -- Cooperative Security Location (CSL) Comalapa held its annual open house event near the San Salvador International Airport, June 26.
The guest list included more than 400 friends and family members of the Salvadoran Air Force and Navy, the international airport, the U.S. Embassy and CSL staff, and all civilian and military personnel involved in supporting the Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S) counter illicit trafficking mission.
Distinguished visitors included guest speaker Madam Mari Carmen Aponte, U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador; Rear Adm. Jon G. Matheson, deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (USNAVSO)/deputy commander, U.S. 4th Fleet; and El Salvador Air Force Col. Manuel Fabio Calderon, commander, 2nd Brigade.
Several Sailors from the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) also attended the event. Comfort visited El Salvador as part of their humanitarian efforts in support of Continuing Promise 2015, a collaboration effort between partner nations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
Guests were treated to Salvadorian pupusas and an American-style hot dog cookout with all the fixings, while the Salvadoran Air Force Band performed service music and mixed in some surprise tunes.
The open house was a tremendous success, reinforcing relationships between the CSL staff and host nation partners, educating the local public, and generating appreciation. The event culminated with the serving of Salvadorian snow cones, a welcomed refreshment during a very hot day.
CSL Comalapa provides critical logistics, infrastructure, and operational support to forward deployed U.S. and partner nation aviation assets participating in JIATF-S assigned counter-narcotic/illicit trafficking operations, USNAVSO/ U.S. 4th Fleet-directed humanitarian missions, and search-and-rescue efforts.