4th annual LANPAC begins

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Representatives from 26 of 46 nations throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, as well as service members from all four branches of the U.S. Department of Defense, gather at the Sheraton Waikiki, in Honolulu, to kick off the 4th annual LANPAC Symposium & Exposition May 24. The three-day symposium will provide an opportunity for multiple land forces commanders from the U.S. Army Pacific; U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific; and Special Operations Command Pacific, alongside joint and regional partners, to discuss and showcase the critical role of Pacific land forces which extend over an area that that spans nearly half the world's surface area and holds half the world's population. This year's theme is "Assuring Stability and Security – Strengthening Land Force Teams".

Representatives from 26 of 46 nations throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, as well as service members from all four branches of the U.S. Department of Defense, gather at the Sheraton Waikiki, in Honolulu, to kick off the 4th annual LANPAC Symposium & Exposition, May 24.

 

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Christopher McCullough
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

HONOLULU — Representatives from 26 of 46 nations throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region gathered, here, in Waikiki, to kick off the 4th annual LANPAC Symposium & Exposition, May 24.

The “world-class international event highlights the role of land forces in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and their contributions to the joint force in peace and war,” according to the website of the event sponsor, the Association of the United States Army.

“This symposium will illustrate the importance of land power in the Pacific, as well as the role of American land forces in engaging allies to build partner capacity and effectiveness in response to requirements of the commander, U.S. Pacific Command,” said retired U.S. Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, president, AUSA. “This year’s theme is “Assuring Stability and Security – Strengthening Land Force Teams.”

The three-day symposium provided an opportunity for multiple land forces commanders from the U.S. Army-Pacific; U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific; and Special Operations Command Pacific, alongside joint and regional partners, to discuss and showcase the critical role of Pacific land forces, which extend over an area that spans nearly half the world’s surface area and holds half the world’s population.

“The most important reason for the Marines to be here at the LANPAC conference is to discuss the importance of amphibious operations in this theater throughout the entire range of military operations. We need to make amphibious capability truly joint,” said Lt. Gen. John Toolan, commanding general, MARFORPAC.

Gen. Robert B. Brown honors retired U.S. Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, AUSA president, for his 56 years of public service, which include more than three decades of active duty. LANPAC 2016 was Sullivan's last symposium as AUSA President.

Gen. Robert B. Brown honors retired U.S. Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, AUSA president, for his 56 years of public service, which include more than three decades of active duty. LANPAC 2016 was Sullivan’s last symposium as AUSA President.

The focus of this year’s annual event concentrated on current regional perspectives; Amphibious Capabilities & Development for Land Forces; Land Force & Maritime Domain Awareness; Readiness: Preparing for War & Preventing Conflict in Phase Zero; Land Forces in Air and Missile Defense & Emerging Capabilities; Force Projection and Sustainment of Land Forces; and Using The Humanitarian Competencies of Land Forces.

“Some of these panel topics – just their title, alone, should stimulate all sorts of thoughts and questions,” said Gen. Robert B. Brown, USARPAC commanding general. “At least, I hope so, because it is these types of open and honest discussions that help us sharpen our minds and strengthen our relationships – across professions, services and countries. That’s what this week is all about.”

According to AUSA, Hawaii’s central location has brought two dozen representatives from across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, including representatives from Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, French Polynesia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tonga and the United States. That’s nearly double the previous year’s attendance, according to the Army’s professional association.

This year’s LANPAC marked the first time for several other forums, to include the Pacific Instrumentation Forum, where discussion focused on how simulations could enhance multinational unit training through live, virtual and constructive training from multiple locations; a Medical Forum, where participants discussed roles and responsibilities of the health sector; and an Intelligence Forum, where members of the intel community shared best practices on how land forces can collectively provide intelligence support to maritime domain awareness.

 

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