Strengthening partnerships throughout the Pacific

| August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
Gen. Tan Sri DatoÕ Sri (Dr.) Haji Zulkifeli Bin Mohd Zin, Chief of Defense Force, Malaysian Armed Forces gives his keynote address at the 2016 Asia Pacific Military Health Exchange opening ceremony August 1st in Kuantan, Malaysia.

Dr. (Gen.) Tan Sri Dato Sri Haji Zulkifeli Bin Mohd Zin, Chief of Defense Force, Malaysian Armed Forces, gives his keynote address at the 2016 Asia Pacific Military Health Exchange opening ceremony August 1st in Kuantan, Malaysia.

 
William Sallette
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs

 

KUANTAN, Malaysia — The 2016 Asia Pacific Military Health Exchange (APMHE) conducted its opening ceremony, Aug. 1, here, co-hosted by Rear Adm. Brian S. Pecha, command surgeon, U.S. Pacific Command and Dr. (Lt. Gen.) Datuk Haji Abd Razak Bin Md Yosuf, director general of Health Services, Malaysian Armed Forces.

The APMHE is a multilateral military health event that encompasses three previously separate military health meetings. Its primary goal is to share experiences and increase interoperability among military health teams, incorporating all services and corps/trades, from noncommissioned officers to senior leaders.

“Joint initiatives to combat infectious disease outbreaks, to support peacekeeping operations or to provide disaster relief are becoming greater in number and are becoming more effective,” said Vice Adm. Rachel C. Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency and a keynote speaker for this event. “Military to military partnerships have grown even stronger. The strength and value of these partnerships is evident here today.”

More than 400 participants from 28 countries participated in the exchange that included discussions and hands-on breakout sessions for ground, air and maritime forces. The exchange was held on Malaysian military bases and on the USNS Mercy (T-AH-19).

In attendance at the APMHE were command surgeons from each of the component commands, including U.S. Army-Pacific, Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet and U.S. Marine Corp Forces Pacific.

“It is not always that we’ve had the privilege to welcome so many distinguished people to our shores, and for that we are grateful to the U.S. Pacific Command for allowing us to co-host this important exchange,” said Dr. (Gen.) Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Haji Zulkifeli Bin Mohd Zin, chief of Defense Force, Malaysian Armed Forces and a keynote speaker.

The breakout sessions addressed topics most commonly encountered in humanitarian aid/disaster relief situations and included hands-on simulations in patient movement, disease outbreak, field medical capabilities and polytrauma.

“We are advancing from the didactics of just talking about the different aspects of land warfare and medicine, and are now applying it,” said Brig. Gen. Bertram Providence, commander, Regional Health Command-Pacific. “It shows the maturing of the forces and the maturing of the capabilities in the Pacific, which is a win for everyone involved.”

“I hope that in addition to the educational opportunities offered this week, there is also the opportunity for renewing old friendships and creating new ones,” said Bono. “Our Malaysian hosts should be congratulated for this great turnout and the quality of the agenda.”

 

APMHE Attendees

The 2016 Asia Pacific Military Health Exchange was attended by representatives from Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, United States and Vietnam.

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