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Pacific Angel 16-2 concludes with closing ceremony

U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia, William Heidt, poses for a photo with members of Pacific Angel Team at Wat Steung Primary School after the closing ceremony of Pacific Angel 16-2 June 20, 2016, in Kampot Province, Cambodia. Pacific Angel 16-2 is a humanitarian assistance/civil military operation mission designed to foster relations and partnerships between the U.S., Cambodia and several other partner nations through subject matter expert exchanges, medical aid and civil engineering projects. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard/Released)

U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia, William Heidt, poses for a photo with members of Pacific Angel Team at Wat Steung Primary School after the closing ceremony of Pacific Angel 16-2 June 20, 2016, in Kampot Province, Cambodia. Pacific Angel 16-2 is a humanitarian assistance/civil military operation mission designed to foster relations and partnerships between the U.S., Cambodia and several other partner nations through subject matter expert exchanges, medical aid and civil engineering projects. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard/Released)

Residents of Kampot Province, Cambodia, and members of the Pacific Angel Team attend the Pacific Angel 16-2 closing ceremony at Wat Steung Primary School June 20, 2016, in Kampot Province, Cambodia. Pacific Angel 16-2 is a humanitarian assistance/civil military operation mission designed to foster relations and partnerships between the U.S., Cambodia and several other partner nations through subject matter expert exchanges, medical aid and civil engineering projects. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard/Released)

Residents of Kampot Province, Cambodia, and members of the Pacific Angel Team attend the Pacific Angel 16-2 closing ceremony at Wat Steung Primary School June 20, 2016, in Kampot Province, Cambodia. Pacific Angel 16-2 is a humanitarian assistance/civil military operation mission designed to foster relations and partnerships between the U.S., Cambodia and several other partner nations through subject matter expert exchanges, medical aid and civil engineering projects. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. General Michael Compton, Air National Guard Assistant to the commander, Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, congratulates the Pacific Angel 16-2 Team on a job well done June 20, 2016, in Kampot Province, Cambodia. The relationships built and sustained in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region through engagements such as Pacific Angel help the United States’and Cambodia’s humanitarian efforts and in preserving peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. General Michael Compton, Air National Guard Assistant to the commander, Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, congratulates the Pacific Angel 16-2 Team on a job well done June 20, 2016, in Kampot Province, Cambodia. The relationships built and sustained in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region through engagements such as Pacific Angel help the United States’and Cambodia’s humanitarian efforts and in preserving peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael Lewis and Royal Cambodian Armed Forces Capt. Tob Vuthy treat a patient for lower back pain June 17, 2016, during Pacific Angel 16-2 in Kampot Province, Cambodia. Throughout the course of the week doctors, dentists, and pharmacists from the U.S., Cambodia, Australia, Vietnam and Thai militaries and two non-governmental organizations, along with 65 volunteers from the provincial hospital and local villages, saw more than 3,400 patients at two different sites. Together they provided general health, dental, optometry, pediatrics, and physical therapy services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael Lewis and Royal Cambodian Armed Forces Capt. Tob Vuthy treat a patient for lower back pain June 17, 2016, during Pacific Angel 16-2 in Kampot Province, Cambodia. Throughout the course of the week doctors, dentists, and pharmacists from the U.S., Cambodia, Australia, Vietnam and Thai militaries and two non-governmental organizations, along with 65 volunteers from the provincial hospital and local villages, saw more than 3,400 patients at two different sites. Together they provided general health, dental, optometry, pediatrics, and physical therapy services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington/Released)

Royal Cambodian Armed Forces Sgt. Vorn Rotha, a civil engineer, paints a room in the Meas Sophea Baneav Health Center June 16, 2016 as part of Pacific Angel 16-2 in Kampot Province, Cambodia. The Pacific Angel engineer team is a multinational group of engineers from Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, U.S. Department of Defense, and the Royal Australian Air Force. Engagements such as Pacific Angel promote interoperability with our partner nations, ensuring that the region’s militaries are prepared to work together to address humanitarian crises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington/Released)

Royal Cambodian Armed Forces Sgt. Vorn Rotha, a civil engineer, paints a room in the Meas Sophea Baneav Health Center June 16, 2016 as part of Pacific Angel 16-2 in Kampot Province, Cambodia. The Pacific Angel engineer team is a multinational group of engineers from Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, U.S. Department of Defense, and the Royal Australian Air Force. Engagements such as Pacific Angel promote interoperability with our partner nations, ensuring that the region’s militaries are prepared to work together to address humanitarian crises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington/Released)

U.S Air Force Maj. Villanueva dry needles a patient in order to aid in relieving lower back-pain June 14, 2016, in Kampot Province, Cambodia. Throughout the course of the week doctors, dentists, and pharmacists from the U.S., Cambodia, Australia, Vietnam and Thai militaries and two non-governmental organizations, along with 65 volunteers from the provincial hospital and local villages, saw more than 3,400 patients at two different sites. Together they provided general health, dental, optometry, pediatrics, and physical therapy services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington/Released)

U.S Air Force Maj. Villanueva dry needles a patient in order to aid in relieving lower back-pain June 14, 2016, in Kampot Province, Cambodia. Throughout the course of the week doctors, dentists, and pharmacists from the U.S., Cambodia, Australia, Vietnam and Thai militaries and two non-governmental organizations, along with 65 volunteers from the provincial hospital and local villages, saw more than 3,400 patients at two different sites. Together they provided general health, dental, optometry, pediatrics, and physical therapy services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington/Released)

A young Cambodian women takes her child to be seen at the Ang Chum Trapaing Chhuk Junior High School where military and civilian medical providers from the U.S., Cambodia, Thailand, Australia and Vietnam set up a health services outreach clinic June 15, 2016. The clinic was set up as part of Pacific Angel 16-2, a humanitarian assistance mission designed to enhance participating nations’ humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities while providing needed services to people throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific. Pacific Angel 16-2 included general health, dental, optometry, pediatrics, physical therapy and engineering programs as well a various subject-matter expert exchanges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington/Released)

A young Cambodian women takes her child to be seen at the Ang Chum Trapaing Chhuk Junior High School where military and civilian medical providers from the U.S., Cambodia, Thailand, Australia and Vietnam set up a health services outreach clinic June 15, 2016. The clinic was set up as part of Pacific Angel 16-2, a humanitarian assistance mission designed to enhance participating nations’ humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities while providing needed services to people throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific. Pacific Angel 16-2 included general health, dental, optometry, pediatrics, physical therapy and engineering programs as well a various subject-matter expert exchanges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington/Released)

Royal Cambodian Air Force Sgt. Gnin Samnang repairs roofing at the Toukmeas Provincial Health Center June 15, 2016, during Pacific Angel 16-2 in Kampot Province, Cambodia. The Pacific Angel multinational engineer team provided humanitarian aid to the local community while training together and improving each other’s skills. Missions such as Pacific Angel are critical to advancing partner nation’s abilities to operate together while preserving peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington/Released)

Royal Cambodian Air Force Sgt. Gnin Samnang repairs roofing at the Toukmeas Provincial Health Center June 15, 2016, during Pacific Angel 16-2 in Kampot Province, Cambodia. The Pacific Angel multinational engineer team provided humanitarian aid to the local community while training together and improving each other’s skills. Missions such as Pacific Angel are critical to advancing partner nation’s abilities to operate together while preserving peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington/Released)

Royal Cambodian Air Force First Sgt. Long Rathna paints a window panel at the Toukmeas Health Center June 15, 2016, as part of Pacific Angel 16-2 in Kampot Province, Cambodia. Multinational civil engineers spent approximately 2,100 man-hours working on restoration projects for four local schools and two medical facilities, impacting the lives of more than 1,000 individuals daily. The Pacific Angel mission enhances participating nations’ humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities while providing needed services to people throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington/Released)

Royal Cambodian Air Force First Sgt. Long Rathna paints a window panel at the Toukmeas Health Center June 15, 2016, as part of Pacific Angel 16-2 in Kampot Province, Cambodia. Multinational civil engineers spent approximately 2,100 man-hours working on restoration projects for four local schools and two medical facilities, impacting the lives of more than 1,000 individuals daily. The Pacific Angel mission enhances participating nations’ humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities while providing needed services to people throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington/Released)

Airman First Class Demarcus Smith, an electrical systems apprentice with the 647th Civil Engineer Squadron, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, uses clippers to shorten a panel, June 16, 2016, as part of Pacific Angel 16-2 in Kampot Province, Cambodia. Smith, along with a team of U.S., Cambodian and Australian engineers worked to repair four local schools and two provincial health clinics during the humanitarian mission designed to promote interoperability between partner nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington/Released)
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Airman First Class Demarcus Smith, an electrical systems apprentice with the 647th Civil Engineer Squadron, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, uses clippers to shorten a panel, June 16, 2016, as part of Pacific Angel 16-2 in Kampot Province, Cambodia. Smith, along with a team of U.S., Cambodian and Australian engineers worked to repair four local schools and two provincial health clinics during the humanitarian mission designed to promote interoperability between partner nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sheena Raya Amaya examines a young Cambodian boy June 14, 2016, during Pacific Angel 16-2, a humanitarian assistance/civil-military operation in Kampot Province, Cambodia. Skilled medics from both military and non-governmental agencies around the globe came to provide hospital quality care to patients during the humanitarian assistance/civil military operation mission. Pacific Angel ensures that the region’s militaries are prepared to work together to address humanitarian crises in case of natural disasters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sheena Raya Amaya examines a young Cambodian boy June 14, 2016, during Pacific Angel 16-2, a humanitarian assistance/civil-military operation in Kampot Province, Cambodia. Skilled medics from both military and non-governmental agencies around the globe came to provide hospital quality care to patients during the humanitarian assistance/civil military operation mission. Pacific Angel ensures that the region’s militaries are prepared to work together to address humanitarian crises in case of natural disasters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington/Released)

Royal Thai Air Force Flight Lt. Chatchawal Chantaphet, a family practice physician, listens to the heart of an elder Cambodian woman June 13, 2016, during Pacific Angel 16-2 in Kampot Province, Cambodia. With the help of interpreters, multinational doctors and medical technicians provided acute care and educated patients on preventative health measures and self-treatments for various ailments. Engagements such as Pacific Angel help cultivate partner relationships and improve our integrated operations throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington/Released)
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Royal Thai Air Force Flight Lt. Chatchawal Chantaphet, a family practice physician, listens to the heart of an elder Cambodian woman June 13, 2016, during Pacific Angel 16-2 in Kampot Province, Cambodia. With the help of interpreters, multinational doctors and medical technicians provided acute care and educated patients on preventative health measures and self-treatments for various ailments. Engagements such as Pacific Angel help cultivate partner relationships and improve our integrated operations throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington/Released)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Tasha Hellu, a pediatric physician deployed from the 36th Medical Group, Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, teaches a young Cambodian girl to breath in medicine to treat asthma June 13, 2016, during Pacific Angel 16-2 in Kampot Province, Cambodia. The health services outreach team set up a mobile clinic at two different sites throughout the week, Por Thivong Primary School in Tuek Chhou district June 13-15, and at the Ang Chum Trapaing Chhuk Secondary School in Kampong Trach district June 16-18. The clinics included general health, optometry, dental, family medicine and physical therapy services, as well as a small pharmacy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Tasha Hellu, a pediatric physician deployed from the 36th Medical Group, Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, teaches a young Cambodian girl to breath in medicine to treat asthma June 13, 2016, during Pacific Angel 16-2 in Kampot Province, Cambodia. The health services outreach team set up a mobile clinic at two different sites throughout the week, Por Thivong Primary School in Tuek Chhou district June 13-15, and at the Ang Chum Trapaing Chhuk Secondary School in Kampong Trach district June 16-18. The clinics included general health, optometry, dental, family medicine and physical therapy services, as well as a small pharmacy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington/Released)

KAMPOT PROVINCE, Cambodia --

Pacific Angel 16-2 to Kampot Province, Cambodia, came to an official end June 20 during a closing ceremony at Wat Seung Primary School, one of the sites renovated by multinational civil engineers during the humanitarian mission.

The joint and combined humanitarian assistance/civil military operation mission, led by the U.S. Air Force, is designed to build partner capacity through health services outreach, engineering civic projects and subject matter exchanges.

The ceremony featured the U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia, a flag officer from the United States, and provincial officials. 

“Pacific Angel events are a cornerstone of Pacific Air Force’s relief efforts,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Compton, Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, Pacific Air Forces. “Not only does Pacific Angel allow us to help people in need, but it also helps us improve our interoperability with like-minded military and civilian medical and engineering professionals in Cambodia and with our multinational partners in the region.” 

Throughout the course of the week doctors, dentists, and pharmacists from the U.S., Cambodia, Australia, Vietnam and Thai militaries and two non-governmental organizations, along with 65 volunteers from the provincial hospital and local villages, saw more than 3,400 patients at two different sites. Together they provided general health, dental, optometry, pediatrics, and physical therapy services. Multinational civil engineers spent approximately 2,100 man-hours working on restoration projects for four local schools and two medical facilities, impacting the lives of more than 1,000 individuals daily. 

“These projects are a visible expression of the United States’ commitment to the Asia-Pacific and demonstrate our continuing resolve to support international humanitarian assistance and disaster response efforts in this region,” said Compton. “Likewise, this event highlights the importance the United States places on its growing relationship with Cambodia.” 

In addition to the humanitarian assistance operations, seven subject matter expert exchanges between the five militaries created a venue for doctors, nurses, health officers, security personnel and engineers to discuss disaster relief preparedness and operations and go through basic life saving skills training, furthering their capacity to respond to a natural disaster event in the region. 

“Pacific Angel demonstrates very clearly what capable militaries can offer to the societies that they serve,” said William Heidt, the U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia. “They can provide a trained and capable force, ready to provide basic humanitarian services wherever needed, particularly in cases of emergencies or natural disasters. They can provide training that gives people skills in useful fields like health care and engineering, and they can be a platform for regional and international cooperation among partner countries and their militaries.” 

During his speech the Ambassador emphasized dual purpose and benefit of the Pacific Angel mission, both enhancing participating nation’s humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities, but at the same time providing needed humanitarian aid. 

“Thanks to training conducted during Pacific Angel, the Cambodian and international team members here today are ready to establish operations wherever the next emergency strikes,” said Ambassador Heidt. “This event prepared all of our countries for more unified international responses to disaster and humanitarian crises. We are also proud that while doing so we were able to provide valuable health services to the citizens of Cambodia and Kampot.”

Events and engagements such as Pacific Angel are critical to advancing each military’s ability to operate together while preserving peace and stability in the region. 

“Through the good achievements of the mission, I strongly appreciate the collaboration created between the U.S. Air Force and the [Cambodian] Ministry of Defense, as well as authorities in the provincial level, district level and commune level who have tried their best in contribute in a humanitarian way for the people of Cambodia,” said Chan Chesda, Kampot Provincial Governor. 

Following the ceremony, city and provincial officials joined the Ambassador and military representatives for a ribbon cutting to officially dedicate all projects to the citizens of Kampot Province. 

“I call for all civics, teachers, students, and local authorities to take care of the construction and equipment that the humanitarian team has provided Kampot Province,” said Chesda. “All of these activities, such as the presence U.S. Air Force, show improving relationships. It shows the world that Cambodia is happy to welcome the participation of humanitarian teamwork, non-governmental organizations, associations and other countries to develop the country in a sustainable manner.” 

Officially in its ninth year, Pacific Angel supports U.S. Pacific Command's capacity-building efforts by partnering with other governments, non-governmental agencies and multilateral militaries in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Since 2007, U.S. military members, together with host nation military and civilian personnel throughout the region, have improved the lives of tens of thousands of people.