by 2d Lt. Ashley Wright
Pacific Angel Nepal Public Affairs
9/12/2014 - SHAKTIKHOR, Nepal -- Children
crowded up against windows and peeked around doors, watching,
wide-eyed, as their school nestled in the rural, mountainous outskirts
of Nepal was transformed.
The lives of more than 2,000 students in remote regions were affected by
this year's engineering civic action project efforts for Operation
Pacific Angel - Nepal.
U.S. military engineers worked with their Nepal Army counterparts to
conduct various structural, concrete, electrical and plumbing projects
that aimed to improve the safety and functionality of schools in the
"It's a good partnership," said Staff Sgt. Benjamin Bogedain, PACANGEL
plumber. "It's give and take. They see our techniques, we see their
techniques. It's been an eye-opening experience."
U.S. forces, along with regional military partners in Australia,
Bangladesh and Mongolia, were invited by the government of Nepal to
support its humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capacity
building efforts with health services outreach and engineering projects.
According to Master Sgt. Chad Louis, PACANGEL lead engineering
planner, this project not only built bonds between the two military
forces, but established relationships with locals by improving the lives
of thousands of children in Nepal.
"What we're doing here is not just helping this generation," Louis said. "It's going to help future generations as well."