US, Cambodian forces close Angkor Sentinel 2016, celebrate strengthened partnership

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U.S. and Cambodian forces wrap up two weeks together full of new relationships and increased readiness, as they officially close Angkor Sentinel 2016, with a ceremony and Royal Cambodian Army capability demonstration March 25, 2016, at the Training School for Multinational Peacekeeping Forces in Kampong Speu Province, Cambodia. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary E. Ferguson, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs/RELEASED)

U.S. and Cambodian forces wrap up two weeks together full of new relationships and increased readiness, as they officially close Angkor Sentinel 2016, with a ceremony and Royal Cambodian Army capability demonstration March 25, 2016, at the Training School for Multinational Peacekeeping Forces in Kampong Speu Province, Cambodia.

Story and photos by Master Sgt. Mary Ferguson
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

 

KAMPONG SPEU PROVINCE, Cambodia — U.S. and Cambodian forces wrapped up two weeks of bilateral training and relationship building as they officially closed Angkor Sentinel 2016 with a ceremony and Royal Cambodian Army capability demonstration, March 25, at the Training School for Multinational Peacekeeping Forces, here.

This year marked the seventh iteration of the annual bilateral military exercise, hosted by the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and sponsored by the U.S. Army Pacific, that’s designed to collectively strengthen the two countries’ humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities and improve military-to-military cooperation.

“The men and women of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces have again and again demonstrated their commitment to serve,” said U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia William Headt. “When storms or floods have affected Cambodia, service members have responded. The Cambodian military is a critical government asset in providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and I’m proud that the United States has been able to support Cambodia in this important task. ”

Cambodian martial arts experts demonstrate their advanced capabilities as part of the Angkor Sentinel 2016 closing ceremony March 25, 2016, at the Training School for Multinational Peacekeeping Forces in Kampong Speu Province, Cambodia. The ceremony marked the end of two weeks of relationship building and bilateral training between U.S. Army Pacific and Royal Cambodian Army Soldiers. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary E. Ferguson, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs/RELEASED)

Cambodian martial arts experts demonstrate their advanced capabilities as part of the closing ceremony March 25, 2016.

The exercise brought together Cambodian Forces from the Royal Cambodian Army (RCA), National Center for Peacekeeping Forces, Mine, & Explosive Remnants of War Clearance (NPMEC), and Gendarmerie Royale Khmer (GRK), with U.S. forces from U.S. Army Pacific, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, 130th Theater Engineer Brigade, 8th Military Police Brigade, 303rd EOD Battalion, the Idaho Army National Guard, 18th Medical Command, Asia Pacific C-IED Fusion Center (APCFC), and 413th Contracting Brigade.

“Exercises like Angkor Sentinel better prepare us to address natural disasters that transcend national borders, and working together shoulder-to-shoulder will have a profound impact on the individuals who were involved,” said Maj. Gen. Todd McCaffrey, deputy commander, USARPAC.

The concentrated training agenda included intense academics, team-building events and practical exercises intended to foster exchange and opportunities for the two countries’ militaries to learn about each others tactics, techniques and procedures, while strengthening relationships and building the foundation for future HA/DR exercises.

Cambodian martial arts experts demonstrate their advanced capabilities as part of the Angkor Sentinel 2016 closing ceremony March 25, 2016, at the Training School for Multinational Peacekeeping Forces in Kampong Speu Province, Cambodia. The ceremony marked the end of two weeks of relationship building and bilateral training between U.S. Army Pacific and Royal Cambodian Army Soldiers. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary E. Ferguson, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs/RELEASED)

Cambodian martial arts demonstration

Headt said, “The United States and Cambodia face many shared challenges including increasingly unpredictable and destructive weather patterns, violent extremism, emerging diseases, and regional conflicts, to name just a few. We have learned over the years that these problems are best solved through dialogue and cooperation, including exercises like Angkor Sentinel.”

The Royal Cambodian Army and USARPAC-contingency of Soldiers also experienced several teambuilding firsts during this year’s exercise, to include a combined esprit de corps formation run, talent show and a Warrior Challenge event that featured three Cambodian-U.S. teams competing in a timed 6k run, 2k litter carry, and an advanced 10-event obstacle course.

McCaffrey said, “These personal experiences are what bind us together and establish the foundation so our countries can work together on a range of other shared interests in the future. Together we have made substantial progress in helping to secure peace in the Pacific and beyond, and we look forward to building on this experience to further our mutual goals of stability and enhanced security in the future.”

Royal Cambodian Army paratroopers jump onto the parade field carrying Kingdom of Cambodia, U.S., and Angkor Sentinel 2016 flags as part of the Angkor Sentinel 2016 closing ceremony March 25, 2016, at the Training School for Multinational Peacekeeping Forces in Kampong Speu Province, Cambodia. The ceremony marked the end of two weeks of relationship building and bilateral training between U.S. Army Pacific and Royal Cambodian Army Soldiers. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary E. Ferguson, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs/RELEASED)

Royal Cambodian Army paratroopers jump onto the parade field carrying Kingdom of Cambodia, U.S., and Angkor Sentinel 2016 flags as part of the Angkor Sentinel 2016 closing ceremony March 25.

Royal Cambodian Army paratroopers jump onto the parade field carrying Kingdom of Cambodia, U.S., and Angkor Sentinel 2016 flags as part of the Angkor Sentinel 2016 closing ceremony March 25, 2016, at the Training School for Multinational Peacekeeping Forces in Kampong Speu Province, Cambodia. The ceremony marked the end of two weeks of relationship building and bilateral training between U.S. Army Pacific and Royal Cambodian Army Soldiers. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mary E. Ferguson, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs/RELEASED)

Angkor Sentinel 2017 planning is underway, and the exercise is projected to potentially play a role in next year’s Pacific Pathways operations.

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