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PAC ANGEL 18-4 kicked off health services outreach in Sri Lanka

U.S. Air Force Capt. Evan Carson, 673rd Medical Operations Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, examines x-rays of a patient during the first day of the  Pacific Angel (PAC ANGEL) 18-4 health services outreach event in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka, Aug. 13, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Evan Carson, 673rd Medical Operations Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, examines x-rays of a patient during the first day of the Pacific Angel (PAC ANGEL) 18-4 health services outreach event in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka, Aug. 13, 2018. The health services outreach includes general medical, dental, physical therapy, optometry, and pharmaceutical services for the people of Sri Lanka. PAC ANGEL 18 is a joint and combined humanitarian assistance engagement that enhances participating nations’ humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities while providing beneficial services to people in need throughout South and Southeast Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Brad Dayton, 673rd Medical Operations Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson, Alaska, examines a young child during the first day of the Pacific Angel (PAC ANGEL) 18-4 health services outreach event in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka, Aug. 13, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Brad Dayton, 673rd Medical Operations Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson, Alaska, examines a young child during the first day of the Pacific Angel (PAC ANGEL) 18-4 health services outreach event in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka, Aug. 13, 2018. The health services outreach includes general medical, dental, physical therapy, optometry, and pharmaceutical services for the people of Sri Lanka. PAC ANGEL 18-4 fosters partnerships through mutually beneficial activities such as host nation visits and bilateral engagements that provide medical outreach programs. Through exchanges such as this one the U.S. works with partner countries to build capacity and partnerships throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Cmdr. Rodney Martin, 1st Dental Battalion, Camp Pendleton, Calif., extracts a tooth during the first day of the Pacific Angel (PAC ANGEL) 18-4 health services outreach event in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka, Aug. 13, 2018.

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Rodney Martin, 1st Dental Battalion, Camp Pendleton, Calif., extracts a tooth during the first day of the Pacific Angel (PAC ANGEL) 18-4 health services outreach event in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka, Aug. 13, 2018. The health services outreach includes general medical, dental, physical therapy, optometry and pharmaceutical services for the people of Sri Lanka. PAC ANGEL 18-4 fosters partnerships through mutually beneficial activities such as host nation visits and bilateral engagements that provide health services outreach programs. Through exchanges such as this one, the U.S. works with partner countries to build capacity and partnerships throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

VAVUNIYA, Sri Lanka --

U.S. service members from the Indo-Pacific region joined forces with the Sri Lankan military, multinational partners, and non-governmental organizations for the health services outreach portion of Pacific Angel (PAC ANGEL) 18-4 in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka, Aug. 13, 2018.

 

PAC ANGEL is an annual combined engagement that empowers other nations and organizations to build their humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities.

 

“We appreciate Sri Lanka’s willingness to host major exercises and engagements such as PAC ANGEL 18,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Nicole Christiano, medical troop commander assigned to the 146th Air National Guard Airlift Wing, Channel Islands, Calif. “Exercises like this are critical to advancing our ability to operate together and prepare for future engagements.”

 

The week-long medical event will provide health services to include general medical, dental, physical therapy, optometry, and pharmaceutical services for the people of Sri Lanka. The PAC ANGEL 18-4 team is expecting to treat at least 1,000 patients daily. 

 

“Together with our partner nation, we were able to learn a different perspective on medicine,” Christiano said. “It’s this type of hands-on training and interaction that will ultimately help us work together if we are ever called to operate in an emergency capacity.”

 

U.S. participants, together with host nation military personnel, have positively impacted the lives of tens of thousands of people through PAC ANGEL’s 11-year history. The commander of U.S. Pacific Command directed the implementation of a recurring humanitarian assistance engagement to promote continued U.S. commitment and goodwill to neighboring nations in the region.

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