USARPAC engages multiple exercises

| December 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

A U.S. Army airborne jumpmaster from the 4th Brigade 25th Infantry division prepares for drop by the open troop door on a U.S. Air Force C-17, July 12, 2017 waiting to airdrop in support of Exercise Talisman Saber 2017. The purpose of TS17 is to improve U.S.-Australian combat readiness, increase interoperability, maximize combined training opportunities and conduct maritime prepositioning and logistics operations in the Pacific. TS17 also demonstrates U.S. commitment to its key ally and the overarching security framework in the Indo Asian Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook, 1st Combat Camera Squadron)

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It was another busy year for U.S. Army-Pacific. The command participated in 36 joint, bilateral and multilateral exercises across the Pacific in 2017 and continued its initiatives toward developing multi-domain battle concepts and improving leader development.

“As multilateral exercises have replaced bilateral exercises, and multi-domain battle capabilities offer more powerful forces – to include air, land, sea, cyber and space, we must be ready to fight tonight,” said Gen. Robert B. Brown, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific (USARPAC) at the 9th Mission Support Command (MSC) 2017 Commander’s Conference in February. “Readiness is key.”

Brown explained the importance of adopting a “mission command” philosophy, in which Soldiers understand the mission, understand the commander’s intent and are empowered to take prudent risks. He also stressed the importance of interoperability among joint services.

Command Sgt. Maj. Bryant Lambert, outgoing command sergeant major of U.S. Army Pacific, prepares to march the color guard forward during USARPAC’s change of responsibility ceremony Nov. 17 at Historic Palm Circle on Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin Jones assumed responsibility of U.S. Army Pacific from Command Sgt. Maj. Bryant Lambert, who held the position for more than three years. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Silvers)

May’s 2017 Land Forces Pacific (LANPAC) Symposium and Exhibition had the highest turnout since the conference began in 2013. More than 1,700 people attended, marking a 350 percent increase in attendance. This year’s theme was “Land Forces in the Pacific: Advancing Joint and Multinational Integration.”

LANPAC provides an opportunity for land force commanders from the United States, along with joint and regional partners, to discuss critical topics that affect security and cooperation across the Pacific.

More than 33,000 U.S. and Australian service members participated in the biennial military training exercise Talisman Saber/Hamel 2017 in Australia, June 23 to July 25.

U.S. Pacific Command units and Australian forces conducted live and virtual training exercises in multi-domains on sea, land, air and cyberspace throughout multiple training areas in and around Australia.

Talisman Saber prepares Army forces, supports the development of an integrated joint force across domains, and builds military relationships that develop partner defense capacity in order to contribute to the stability of the Indo-Asia Pacific.

USARPAC co-hosted 10th Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference (PACC X), 41st Pacific Armies Management Seminar (PAMS XLI) and Third Senior Enlisted Leaders Forum (SELF III) with the Republic of Korea Army in September.

This year’s theme was “Unity of Effort: Building Civil-Military Partnerships in Land Force Response to Non-Traditional Security Threats.” The conference included participants from 28 Pacific region countries and is designed to build partnerships, mutual trust and confidence among nations. This year’s USARPAC Disaster Management Exchange (DME) with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, was held at various locations in Oregon. While this was the 13th exchange, it was the first time it was hosted in Oregon and the first time the Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen participated in the USARPAC-China DME.

Participants discuss drilling methods during the 2017 U.S. – China Disaster Management Exchange at Camp Rilea, Ore., Nov. 18. The annual United States Army Pacific (USARPAC) Security Cooperation event with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is an opportunity to share lessons learned between USARPAC and the PLA in order to increase capacity to respond to natural disasters in the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Nathan H. Barbour)

The DME is designed to foster mutual understanding between U.S. Soldiers and the PLA while sharing lessons to increase disaster response preparedness in the Pacific region.

In August, USARPAC launched the first Regional Leader Development Program-Pacific. The RLDP-P focuses on developing adaptive leaders and critical thinkers that can work effectively in a dynamic, strategic operating environment.

This program combines innovative learning techniques from both the military and academia to develop future leaders across the joint and multinational forces. It also sets conditions for participating organizations to capitalize on their advanced skills in the Pacific.

USARPAC said goodbye to Command Sgt. Maj. Bryant Lambert in November and welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin Jones as the new USARPAC command sergeant major. Gen. Brown was the host of the change of responsibility ceremony, and he welcomed Jones to the USARPAC team.

“There is no one better to fill the void left by Command Sgt. Maj. Lambert. Welcome to the ‘One Team’ ohana. We are honored to have you join our ranks.”

Lambert is retiring after 35 years of service.

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