Images: New Zealanders and U.S. Marines commemorate 70th anniversary of arrival of U.S. forces during WWII [Image 5 of 10]
Lieutenant General Duane D. Thiessen, the Commanding General of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, and Lt. Gen. Rhys Jones, Chief of the New Zealand Defense Force, lay roses on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during a commemoration ceremony here, June 14. Government and military officials of the United States and New Zealand commemorated the 70th anniversary of the arrival of U.S. forces in Wellington during World War II. Australian and New Zealand forces were conducting heavy fighting in Northern Africa in 1942 while U.S. forces played a significant role in the defense of Oceania. Galvanic Kiwi is a U.S. Marine Corps and New Zealand Army training exchange designed to enhance interoperability and foster military-to-military relations between the U.S. and New Zealand.
Date Posted:06.19.2012 18:00