Pacific Angel 17 delivers humanitarian assistance to Fiji

The United States’ Pacific Angel 2017 joint operation, has delivered humanitarian assistance to Fiji, in an exercise carried out from July 11 to 24, Kadena reports.

Operation Pacific Angel is a recurring joint/combined humanitarian assistance mission sponsored by US Pacific Command (USPACOM) designed to bring humanitarian civic assistance (HCA) and civil-military operations (CMO) to areas in need in the Pacific region.

Its missions consist of several concurrent civil-military assistance activities including medical programs, various subject-matter expert exchanges and civic and engineering assistance programs.

During this exercise, they have the opportunity to work in partnership with local nongovernmental organizations providing humanitarian assistance to the residents in the subdivisions of Ba, Tavua and Savusavu, Fiji.

Hat worn by a Vanuatu representative to Pacific Angel 17

U.S. Air Force Capt. Paola Rosa, an obstetrician and gynecologist with the 35th Surgical Squadron at Misawa Air Base, Japan, shared how her experience better prepared her for future engagements with partner nations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

PACANGELs have built positive relations through interactions such as these for the last decade in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Mongolia, Laos, Tonga, Nepal and Papua New Guinea.

PACANGEL 17-3 continues through July 24 with multilateral international participants from across the Indo-Asia-Pacific working together to assist the local community and improve capabilities amongst each other as one team.

“I’m proud of all the work our team has already accomplished and look forward to the great work we’re doing alongside our Fijian partners over the next several weeks,” said Lt. Col. Catherine Grush, the mission commander. “These operations will cement our interoperability with Fiji and provide much-needed assistance to the local community; we’ve got a great team and we’re honored to be here at the request of the Fijian government.”

Closing Ceremony