PNG Military And US Air Force Partner In Humanitarian Assistance

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4th such cooperation exercise in ongoing collaboration

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, June 1, 2015) – The United States of America, Papua New Guinea and other partner defence forces are currently involved in a humanitarian assistance mission.

The mission had just ended at the Taurama Barracks, home of the First Royal Pacific Islands Regiment, in Port Moresby on May 25-29 and would continue in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province, on June 1-6.

The mission, Pacific Angel 2015 (PACANGEL 15), will upgrade education and health facilities, as well as work to deepen local disaster response capabilities.

A planning team that consists of US Air Force, PNG Defence Force planners, and PNG civilian, government and healthcare personnel was in Goroka earlier this year to establish priorities for this exercise - PACANGEL 15.

This exercise will be the fourth military-to-military co-operation between PNG and the US this year and is part of a larger operation that has spanned over eight years.

Pacific Angel is an annual joint and humanitarian assistance operation led by the US Air Force. The exercise is designed to enhance PNG’s humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities while providing needed services to the people of Unggai-Bena district.

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