NEWS | Nov. 3, 2017

U.S. Army Hosts 13th Annual U.S. - China Disaster Management Exchange in Oregon

By Maj. Lindsey Elder 8th Theater Sustainment Command

The 8th Theater Sustainment Command will host the annual U.S. Army Pacific Disaster Management Exchange with the People’s Republic of China, Chinese People’s Liberation Army Southern Theater Command in various locations in Portland and Camp Rilea, Oregon, from 13-19 November 2017. 

This is the 13th iteration of the event, but the first time it has been hosted in Oregon. The scenario of this year’s exchange is a combined response utilizing the Multi-National Coordination Center (MNCC) concept to assist a separate affected country devastated by severe floods. 

The U.S. - China Disaster Management Exchange consists of three phases, namely, an Expert Academic Discussion, Table Top Exchange and a Practical Field Exchange. This long-established exchange underscores the commitment of both the U.S. and the PRC to a strong military-to-military relationship in order to address security cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Relief challenges across the region.

The participants from both sides will include approximately 192 Soldiers and civilians for the event, including 96 from the People’s Liberation Army and 96 from the United States Army. 

Participating organizations include U.S. Army Pacific, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, the Oregon National Guard, the United States Military Academy (USMA), the 351st Civil Affairs Command, the 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB), the 571st Sapper Company, the U.S Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Portland District, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Pacific Disaster Center, an applied research center managed by the University of Hawaii.