Pacific Angel 2017 begins in the Philippines

Medical professionals from the U.S. Air Force, Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Royal Australian Air Force traveled to Paaralang Elementary school to provide students information about oral heath, general hygiene and rabies prevention during Pacific Angel in Lila, Philippines, Aug. 17, 2015. Pacific Angel is a multilateral humanitarian assistance civil military operation, which improves military-to-military partnerships in the Pacific while also providing medical health outreach, civic engineering projects and subject matter exchanges among partner forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

Medical professionals from the U.S. Air Force, Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Royal Australian Air Force during Pacific Angel in Lila, Philippines, Aug. 17, 2015. The Armed Forces of the Philippines and United States forces will work together to conduct humanitarian assistance engagements from June 23-July 3, 2017, as part of Pacific Angel (PACANGEL) 2017. Since 2007, PACANGEL engagements have impacted the lives of tens of thousands of people through providing health services ranging from dentistry, optometry, pediatrics and physical therapy to civil engineering programs, humanitarian aid and disaster relief and subject matter exchanges. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --

The Armed Forces of the Philippines and United States forces will work together to conduct humanitarian assistance engagements from June 23-July 3, 2017, as part of Pacific Angel 2017.

 

During this exchange, U.S. and Filipino service members will partner with local non-governmental organizations and other multilateral international participants to train together by providing medical, dental, optometric, and engineering assistance, and conducting subject matter expert exchanges in Bogo City and San Remigio, Northern Cebu Province, Philippines.  Throughout the 10-day engagement, AFP and U.S. forces will also partner with local schools and health clinics to repair and update infrastructure.  U.S. and Philippine service members will increase interoperability by learning best medical practices from one another, while giving back to the community as friends, partners, and allies. 

 

This is the first of four humanitarian assistance engagements that make up PACANGEL 17. The remaining engagements will take place in the following locations: Tam Ky, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam; Northern and Western Divisions, Fiji; and Gorkha, Nepal.

 

Now entering its tenth year, PACANGEL ensures that the region’s militaries are prepared to work together to address humanitarian crises. Since 2007, PACANGEL engagements have impacted the lives of tens of thousands of people through providing health services ranging from dentistry, optometry, pediatrics and physical therapy to civil engineering programs, humanitarian aid and disaster relief and subject matter exchanges.

 

For more information, photos and stories about PACANGEL 17 visit https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/PacificAngel17.