Inaugural LANPAC a ‘huge success,’ says Wiercinski

| April 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski (front), commander, USARPAC, speaks with Glenn Cober (back), from the AP-CIED Center, at a display during the LANPAC Symposium and Exposition, April 11. (Photo by Russell Dodson, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski (front), commander, USARPAC, speaks with Glenn Cober (back), from the AP-CIED Center, at a display during the LANPAC Symposium and Exposition, April 11. (Photo by Russell Dodson, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

Army leaders discuss land forces, security issues in the Pacific

U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs
News Release

WAIKIKI — U.S. Army-Pacific participated in the inaugural Land Power in the Pacific (LANPAC) Symposium and Exposition, held at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, here, April 9-11.

The theme for the event was “Land Forces: Assuring Stability and Security in the Pacific.”

The LANPAC symposium was an international event that brought together more than 600 attendees, with representatives from 17 countries emphasizing the importance of land forces in the Asia-Pacific region.

Wiercinski: "Together, we are going to continue to build a mantle of success in peace and stability across this critical part of the world." (Photo by Russell Dodson, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

Wiercinski: “Together, we are going to continue to build a mantle of success in peace and stability across this critical part of the world.” (Photo by Russell Dodson, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

Key leaders from the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) and the Association of the U.S. Army’s (AUSA) Institute of Land Warfare teamed with USARPAC to make the event a huge success.

Retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan, the 32nd Chief of Staff of the Army and current AUSA president, gave the opening remarks and was followed by Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commander, USARPAC, who opened with “The Army in the Pacific” presentation.

“The Pacific Ocean does not separate the United States from Asia; it connects us,” Wiercinski said. “We are intrinsically linked by our economies, our cultures, by our shared interests and by our shared security challenges.

“Our strategy is long-term, committed and resourced,” he continued. “Together, we are going to continue to build a mantle of success in peace and stability across this critical part of the world.”

According to Wiercinski, implementing and sustaining strategic rebalance will require long-term, sustained commitment and resources.

Commitment to our partners and allies will remain rock-solid, and together, we will build the mantle of success, he said.

Sgt. Lopez, USARPAC Contingency Command Post, demonstrates the Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System during LANPAC. (Photo by Russell Dodson, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

Sgt. Lopez, USARPAC Contingency Command Post, demonstrates the Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System during LANPAC. (Photo by Russell Dodson, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

During the three-day symposium, panels and guest speakers covered a wide range of topics, from “Operation Tomodachi” to “Integrated Air and Missile Defense.”

“They had some very productive presentations and some thought-provoking panel presentations afterward,” said Lt. Col. Duncan Roy, military attaché, New Zealand army.

“I really enjoyed the subject matter experts bringing different perspectives on challenges in the region,” Roy added.

Maj. Michael Wood, U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Command (TACOM), Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) liaison officer, Canadian army, echoed that sentiment.

“Part of my job is mostly relating to equipment, so I came to see that (panel discussion),” Wood said.

“But,” he added, “as a land maintenance officer, I’m also interested in the logistics, support and sustainment portions of that.”

High school Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets visit the LANPAC Symposium and Exposition, April 9. (Photo by Russell Dodson, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

High school Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets visit the LANPAC Symposium and Exposition, April 9. (Photo by Russell Dodson, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

The conference also included 29 exhibits manned by industry and military representatives, to include USARPAC, 25th Infantry Division, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, 9th Mission Support Command, 311th Signal Command (Theater), Asia-Pacific Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Center and USARPAC’s Contingency Command Post.

Wiercinski said that the AUSA team did an outstanding job putting the symposium together, and the participation from USPACOM and joint allied partners, USARPAC team, academia and industry was tremendous.

“This (event) was the brainchild of Gen. Sullivan,” Wiercinski said. “This week has been a resounding success. Thank you for saying you will be back next year.”

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