Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeff A. Brown, son of Joy and Jeff Brown of Wakeman, and his fellow shipmates are currently on a four-month humanitarian assistance deployment while assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort, homeported in Norfolk, Va.
After caring for nearly 25,000 patients in Belize and Guatemala, Brown's unit arrived in Panama to continue the mission for the Partnership for the Americas. The purpose of this mission is to provide the people of Latin America and the Caribbean with primary care, dental care, optometry and other no-cost health care services.
Brown's unit is also scheduled to visit Columbia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guyana, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.
USNS Comfort has a joint forces crew which includes personnel from the U.S. Armed Forces, Canadian Forces and Project HOPE.
Brown graduated from New London High School in 2004 and joined the Navy that summer.