38th iteration of Pacific Armies Management Seminar opens in Bangladesh

| September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Photo courtesy U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs Delegates from 25 countries assemble for a group photo during the opening ceremony of the 38th annual Pacific Armies Management Seminar, Sept. 14, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Photo courtesy U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs
Delegates from 25 countries assemble for a group photo during the opening ceremony of the 38th annual Pacific Armies Management Seminar, Sept. 14, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Jim Guzior
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

 

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Leaders of 25 armies across the Pacific theater gathered, here, Sunday, for the opening ceremonies of the 38th Pacific Armies Management Seminar.

The theme for this year’s seminar is “A new focus on the Asia-Pacific region: Opportunities and challenges for land forces.”

PAMS, however, is nothing “new” to the leaders of armies attending this largest annual gathering of land forces.

“The attendees here represent the current and future senior military leadership of our respective countries. The work we do here, over the next few days, will have impacts in the years to come as participants move into the most senior military positions in their countries,” said Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, and co-host of the seminar.

“Most importantly, the relationships that are renewed here, for some, and initiated here, for others, will form the channels of communication that will help to avert crises among us, and that will enhance military cooperation when we find ourselves responding to an international crisis where we find common interests,” Brooks explained.

Some of the previous PAMS took place in New Zealand, India, Australia, Japan, the Philippines, Fiji, South Korea, Canada, Singapore and Chile.

Bangladesh has consistently sent a national delegation to PAMS and has provided subject matter expert presentations on numerous occasions. This year marks the second PAMS co-hosting for the Bangladesh army, as it has hosted a PAMS previously in 1994.

The Bangladesh army’s close partnership with the U.S. Army, through numerous exercises and cross-training activities (including the Pacific Resilience Disaster Relief Exercise and Exchange, the largest U.S. Army disaster exchange in the region), led them to co-host once more.

“We have a number of courses that we train every year with the U.S. and Bangladesh. We expect to double-up our military-to-military cooperation even further,” said Lt. Gen. Md. Mainul Islam, chief of general staff, Bangladesh army.

PAMS

Expanded from the original nine nations attending PAMS I in Honolulu in1978, PAMS is one of the premier theater security cooperation events for the Army in the Pacific, offering professional development opportunities for future leaders .

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