Kaneohe, HI (Vocus) February 4, 2010
The United States will join local authorities in four South Asian and Pacific nations from February through August to provide medical, dental and engineering assistance as part of Operation Pacific Angel 2010.
In continuation of U.S. humanitarian assistance to the Philippines after the devastating storms of 2009, approximately 50 U.S. Air Force members will fly on a C-17 Globemaster III to the Philippines to join local non-governmental organizations and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in civic-assistance efforts Feb. 15-22.
Three more iterations of Pacific Angel 2010 are planned, including missions to Vietnam in May, Bangladesh in June, and Sri Lanka in August.
Operation Pacific Angel is a joint and combined humanitarian assistance operation conducted in the Pacific area of responsibility to support U.S. Pacific Command's capacity-building efforts. This humanitarian and civic assistance program is aimed at improving military-civilian cooperation between the United States and the respective host nations.
The operation consists of several military assistance programs to include medical, dental, and engineering efforts. Pacific Angel also trains civil-military operators to work together with a focus on civic assistance.