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Posted By: Kris Radder on April 14, 2011

Labels: Disaster and Health Crisis Missions, Tonga , Humanitarian Aid, Health Care Education, Volunteers

As the USS Cleveland sails across the Pacific to begin Pacific Partnership 2011, two more HOPE volunteers joined the mission.

Jo Anne Bennett, a nurse from New York and Maureen Kisicki a nurse from Olney, Maryland boarded the ship while it was in port at Pearl Harbor.

Joining Bill Aiken, HOPE’s Operation Officer already on board, the three volunteers are busying themselves by mingling with the Navy medical staff on board and preparing to provide the best health care and health education on the mission’s first stop in Tonga.


Along the way, the team had the opportunity to work on a project with other medical professionals on board, including United States, Australia and New Zealand military doctors and nurses to bring first aid to the people of a third world nation before reaching Tonga.

In between the preparations, the team has also had some time to relax, and enjoy the Navy band as they performed on the Landing Craft Utility (LCU) that was located in the well deck of the ship.

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