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    USARPAC in Hawaii Year and Review



    Story by Staff Sgt. Melissa Parrish 

    U.S. Army Pacific Public Affairs Office

    The year kicked off with Gen. Robert B. Brown, commander, U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), delivering the keynote address at the Asia Forecast 2017 forum in Washington, DC, in January. Brown discussed the importance of the Pacific region.

    “Seven of the 10 largest armies in the world are in the Pacific,” said Brown. “Five of the seven mutual defense treaty partners the Unites States has, are in the Pacific. The Pacific is a critical area for defense and will continue to be.”

    The 2017 Land Forces Pacific (LANPAC) Symposium and Exhibition had the highest turnout since the conference began in 2013. Over 1700 people attended, making it a 350 percent increase in attendance. LANPAC provides an opportunity for land force commanders from the U.S., along with joint and regional partners, to discuss critical topics that affect security and cooperation across the Pacific. This year’s

    More than 33,000 U.S. and Australian service members participated in the biennial military training exercise Talisman Saber 2017 in Australia, June 23 to July 25, 2017. U.S. Pacific Command units and Australian forces conducted live and virtual training exercises in multi-domains on sea, land, air, cyber throughout multiple training areas in and around Australia. Talisman Saber prepares Army forces and supports the development of an integrated Joint force across domains, and builds military relationships that develop partner defense capacity in order to contribute to the stability of the Indo-Asia Pacific.

    The USARPAC command team headed to the Republic of Korea in September for the 10th Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference (PACC X), 41st Pacific Armies Management Seminar (PAMS XLI) and Third Senior Enlisted Leaders Forum (SELF III). This year's theme of the three conferences was "Unity of Effort: Building Civil-Military Partnerships in Land Force Response to Non-traditional Security Threats.” The conference included participants from 28 countries. The conference is designed to build partnerships and to build mutual trust and confidence among nations.

    This year’s U.S. Army Pacific Disaster Management Exchange (DME) with the People’s Republic of China, Chinese People’s Liberation Army was held in various locations in Oregon. While this was the 13th exchange, it was the first time it was hosted in Oregon and the first time the Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen participated in the U.S.-China DME.

    The DME is designed to help foster mutual trust and understanding with U.S. Soldiers and the PLA, while sharing lessons learned to increase disaster response preparedness in the Pacific region.
    USARPAC said goodbye to Command Sgt. Maj. Bryant Lambert in November and welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin Jones as the new USARPAC command sergeant major. General Brown was the host of the change of command ceremony and he welcomed Jones to the USARPAC team.

    We welcome Command Sgt. Maj. Ben Jones, and his family, said Brown. “There is no one better to fill the void left by Command Sgt. Maj. Lambert. Welcome to the ‘One Team’ ohana. We are honored to have you join our ranks.” This was the final ceremony for Lambert, he retired after 35 years of service.

    U.S. Army Pacific participated in 36 bilateral, joint and multinational exercises across the Pacific in 2017.


    Date Taken: 12.08.2017
    Date Posted: 12.08.2017 18:22
    Story ID: 258117

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