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U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM)

Airman In Vietnam

Story by Jonathan Bell on 12/11/2017
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- A Team Robins physical therapist, was one of 50 U.S. team members who recently spent more than two weeks in Tam Ky, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, seeing patients and building relationships with local physicians.
"Each day we bused out to a government community center where we provided family health, pediatric care, and physical therapy assistance and dental care," Maj. (Dr.) Cody Butler, 78th Medical Group Clinical Medicine Flight commander, said. "We would start seeing patients at about 7:30 in the morning and ran all day long."
His efforts were part of Operation Pacific Angel Vietnam 2017 the last of four humanitarian assistance engagements that made up PACANGEL 17.
The program which has been going on for a decade now ensures that the militaries of various countries in the Pacific region are able to work together should a humanitarian assistance need arise. One of Team Robins' own physicians was given the opportunity to take part in the program, which is typically only attended by members of Pacific Command.
"I saw between 50 and a hundred patients a day," he said. "To put that in perspective, I see about 10 to 15 a day while working at Robins."
The overall goal of PACANGEL was to try and build international relationships with the people of Vietnam. In addition to medical care, the team was able to go on a few evening excursions and experience the country outside of the treatment areas.
"It was interesting to see things like memorials and Viet Cong tunnels from their standpoint, where everything was The war against the Americans.' So it was interesting seeing this communist country with statues and pictures of their leader Ho Chi Min everywhere as we're trying to break the ice with these people."
Another interesting experience for Dr. Butler was being able to interact with some of the local Vietnamese physicians.
"In Vietnam, physical therapy is not well utilized people can't afford it," he said. "So, being able to teach these physicians some techniques and tricks of my trade, and then seeing them try it on patients, it was really neat to see them now have another option of care to provide to their patients."
PACANGEL 17 conducted humanitarian assistance engagements in Bogo City and San Remigio, Northern Cebu Province, Philippines; Northern and Western Divisions, Fiji; and Gorkha, Nepal.
Butler said that by participating in humanitarian missions such as this, the Air Force is able to reinforce its capabilities to deliver assistance to areas that need it.
"You typically think of the pilots or launching satellites as making the difference," he said. "But even us medics, we're there to soften the hearts of the people and provide a service that only we could offer." read more

Airman In Vietnam

Story by Jonathan Bell on 12/11/2017
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- A Team Robins physical therapist, was one of 50 U.S. team members who recently spent more than two weeks in Tam Ky, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, seeing patients and building relationships with local physicians.
"Each day we bused out to a government community center where we provided family health, pediatric care, and physical therapy assistance and dental care," Maj. (Dr.) Cody Butler, 78th Medical Group Clinical Medicine Flight commander, said. "We would start seeing patients at about 7:30 in the morning and ran all day long."
His efforts were part of Operation Pacific Angel Vietnam 2017 the last of four humanitarian assistance engagements that made up PACANGEL 17.
The program which has been going on for a decade now ensures that the militaries of various countries in the Pacific region are able to work together should a humanitarian assistance need arise. One of Team Robins' own physicians was given the opportunity to take part in the program, which is typically only attended by members of Pacific Command.
"I saw between 50 and a hundred patients a day," he said. "To put that in perspective, I see about 10 to 15 a day while working at Robins."
The overall goal of PACANGEL was to try and build international relationships with the people of Vietnam. In addition to medical care, the team was able to go on a few evening excursions and experience the country outside of the treatment areas.
"It was interesting to see things like memorials and Viet Cong tunnels from their standpoint, where everything was The war against the Americans.' So it was interesting seeing this communist country with statues and pictures of their leader Ho Chi Min everywhere as we're trying to break the ice with these people."
Another interesting experience for Dr. Butler was being able to interact with some of the local Vietnamese physicians.
"In Vietnam, physical therapy is not well utilized people can't afford it," he said. "So, being able to teach these physicians some techniques and tricks of my trade, and then seeing them try it on patients, it was really neat to see them now have another option of care to provide to their patients."
PACANGEL 17 conducted humanitarian assistance engagements in Bogo City and San Remigio, Northern Cebu Province, Philippines; Northern and Western Divisions, Fiji; and Gorkha, Nepal.
Butler said that by participating in humanitarian missions such as this, the Air Force is able to reinforce its capabilities to deliver assistance to areas that need it.
"You typically think of the pilots or launching satellites as making the difference," he said. "But even us medics, we're there to soften the hearts of the people and provide a service that only we could offer." read more

U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC)

Engineers, Dpw Team Up To Restore Landmark

About 25 Soldiers and family members from the 523rd Eng. Co. pressure-washed, primed and repainted the castle during their off-duty and weekend hours over an approximately two-month period. They also completed some landscaping in the surrounding area. DPW provided the supplies, including pressure washers, primer, paint and ladders, as well as some guidance on how to complete the work successfully.

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Engineers, Dpw Team Up To Restore Landmark

About 25 Soldiers and family members from the 523rd Eng. Co. pressure-washed, primed and repainted the castle during their off-duty and weekend hours over an approximately two-month period. They also completed some landscaping in the surrounding area. DPW provided the supplies, including pressure washers, primer, paint and ladders, as well as some guidance on how to complete the work successfully.

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U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific (MARFORPAC)

Forward-Deployed California Battalion Wins Competition

The competition is designed to compare each Marine division from across the Marine Corps to see which squad is the fittest for combat. The competition tested each Marine on their proficiency in military skills such as navigation, marksmanship and advanced infantry tactics

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Forward-Deployed California Battalion Wins Competition

The competition is designed to compare each Marine division from across the Marine Corps to see which squad is the fittest for combat. The competition tested each Marine on their proficiency in military skills such as navigation, marksmanship and advanced infantry tactics

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Navy Region Hawaii

Ciwt Detachment Goodfellow Hosts Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance

Goodfellow Air Force Base began the day with snow flurries and a gloomy sky reflecting the somber events leading to the United States' involvement in World War II. The morning's events, led by Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class Asia Foster, commenced with opening words by the CIWT Detachment Goodfellow Officer in Charge, Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Allen, and was held at the base's Fire Academy, home to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit.

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Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Returns To Washington After Deployment

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), with embarked CSG 11, returned home to Naval Base Kitsap, and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Shoup (DDG 86) and USS Kidd (DDG 100) returned to Naval Station Everett.

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Air Force 15th Wing

Ciwt Detachment Goodfellow Hosts Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance

Goodfellow Air Force Base began the day with snow flurries and a gloomy sky reflecting the somber events leading to the United States' involvement in World War II. The morning's events, led by Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class Asia Foster, commenced with opening words by the CIWT Detachment Goodfellow Officer in Charge, Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Allen, and was held at the base's Fire Academy, home to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit.

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Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Returns To Washington After Deployment

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), with embarked CSG 11, returned home to Naval Base Kitsap, and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Shoup (DDG 86) and USS Kidd (DDG 100) returned to Naval Station Everett.

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Coast Guard

Pacific Paradise Successfully Removed From Reef Off Oahu

The State of Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources will assume the lead as the coordinating agency to work with the owner of the Pacific Paradise to conduct cleanup of the wreck site as the pollution threat has been removed. The state will assess any damage done to the reef and facilitate the next step in mitigating the impacts and rehabilitating the reef.

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Pacific Paradise Successfully Removed From Reef Off Oahu

The State of Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources will assume the lead as the coordinating agency to work with the owner of the Pacific Paradise to conduct cleanup of the wreck site as the pollution threat has been removed. The state will assess any damage done to the reef and facilitate the next step in mitigating the impacts and rehabilitating the reef.

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