Release Number: 150601
6/3/2015 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- The
United States and Papua New Guinea will conduct humanitarian assistance
operations from June 1 through 6 as part of Operation Pacific Angel
2015. During this exercise, U.S. and Papua New Guinea service members
will work together, in partnership with local nongovernmental
organizations, to provide humanitarian assistance to the residents of
Operation PACANGEL is a joint and combined humanitarian assistance
operation. Led by Pacific Air Forces, the exercise enhances
participating nations' humanitarian assistance and disaster relief
capabilities while providing needed services to Southeast Asian
citizens. PACANGEL 15 includes general health, dental, optometry,
pediatrics, and engineering programs, as well as expert exchanges.
Approximately 65 members of the U.S. military, in partnership with local
non-governmental organizations and host nation military forces, will
conduct humanitarian assistance operations in the following locations:
Taglibaran, Philippines; Dili, Baucau and Com, Timor-Leste; Quang Ngai
Province, Vietnam; and Goroko, Papua New Guinea.
Now entering its eighth year, PACANGEL ensures that the region's
militaries are prepared to work together to address humanitarian crises.
Since 2007, PACANGEL operations have improved the lives of tens of
thousands of people.