|Description:||This 2008 photograph depicts U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), Cmdr. Dale Bates talking to young female patients and their parents, as he was delivering medical care in Betania, Nicaragua, during Operation Continuing Promise 2008. In this particular view, Cmdr. Bates was discussing the ins and outs of proper dental care, as the young girls listened intently.|
Cmdr. Bates was embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), which was supporting the Caribbean phase of operation Continuing Promise 2008, an equal-partnership mission between the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Brazil, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana.