Humanitarian assistance, disaster relief top LANPAC discussions

| April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Kyle Richardson, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs WAIKIKI — Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander, USARPAC, makes opening remarks at the start of the second LANPAC, sponsored by AUSA, April 8. Brooks highlighted the role of land forces in the Indo Asia-Pacific. Representatives from 13 different countries attended the conference.

Staff Sgt. Kyle Richardson, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs
Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander, USARPAC, makes opening remarks at the start of the second LANPAC, sponsored by AUSA, April 8. Brooks highlighted the role of land forces in the Indo Asia-Pacific. Representatives from 13 different countries attended the conference.

U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

HONOLULU — The Association of the U.S. Army finished its second Land Power in the Pacific symposium and exposition at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, here, April 9.

Various topics of interest to Pacific militaries and governments garnered 58 speakers, 119 exhibitors, a family forum and a dozen representatives of local and Pacific media, said Diane FitzGerald, the Senior Meetings Manager for the Association of the U.S. Army.

Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, said that security of the region includes discussion of the common foe in the Pacific: natural disasters.

“Securing the world’s largest populations from external and internal threats calls for increasingly professional land forces,” said Brooks. “Moreover, natural disasters threaten and claim lives every year, especially in this region, and can, if not effectively responded to, undermine both economy and security.”

“The U.S. military has been in the Pacific region for well over 100 years,” said AUSA president, retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan “More than six of the world’s most powerful military forces are in the Pacific.”

The U.S. presence is valuable to have in the Pacific region to uphold long-standing alliances and partnerships, while more emphasis is shifted toward the Pacific region. Sullivan expects LANPAC to continue growing.

“The U.S. forces land-power symposium is one of a kind. Nowhere else will you find anything like this,” said Sullivan.

Brooks noted the professionalism exported from the region to the conference.

“It’s not often that you get the land-forces commanders — Marines, U.S. Army, Special Operations Command, regional Armies and businesses — in one room,” said Brooks.

Brooks emphasized how the LANPAC symposium offered an opportunity to discuss issues in the Pacific face-to-face, as well as unique capabilities that each land force contributed to the support of the Pacific, noting how the symposium helps to strengthen the bonds between countries and the international community.

Brooks added the symposium was hosted in Hawaii because of its historic ties to the region. Hawaii has the largest concentration of U.S. land-forces in the Pacific, and it’s the closest state to the U.S. regional partners.

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