Marines, Sailors take part in Operation Lone Star '02
Submitted by: Marine Forces Reserve
Story Identification Number: 200286123953
Story by Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Apprendi
WESLACO, Texas(August 2, 2002) -- They lack potable water, sewage systems, electricity, paved roads and sanitary housing. This is not in a third world country -- it's in the United States of America.
Beside living in these conditions day in and day out, the people who inhabit these colonias (Spanish term for neighborhood) have minimal to no medical and dental treatment.
More than 60 reserve Marines and sailors from 4th Medical Battalion and 4th Dental Battalion are here to rectify that problem, July 29 to Aug. 7, by taking part in a humanitarian operation coined Lone Star.
"Humanitarian operations offer Marines and sailors great training and contribute to the community at the same time -- it's a win win situation," said Lt. Gen. Dennis M. McCarthy, commander, Marine Forces Reserve, who visited the site Aug. 2.
Colonias are located along the U. S. / Mexico border. They are found in New Mexico, Arizona, California and Texas.
Texas has the largest population and number of colonias of the four states. Approximately 400,000 Texans live in the more than 1,200 settlements throughout the state. >
Sailors and Marines are focusing their
to the very southern tip of Texas, where colonias are the densest.