An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | Dec. 21, 2017

COMPACAF Visit To Vietnam Affirms Growing Partnership

By Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs PACAF

HO CHI MIN CITY, Vietnam --

“Enhanced cooperation between the United States and Vietnam is of mutual benefit to our airmen, our nations and the entire region,” said Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, during his first visit here Dec. 14-16.

 

O’Shaughnessy and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, PACAF command chief, stopped in Hanoi, Cam Ranh, and Ho Chi Minh City to affirm the United States’ shared commitment to peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as to seek opportunities for advancing cooperation with the Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force (ADAF). Col. Jay Gibson, PACAF director of safety, also accompanied a portion of the visit to discuss further cooperation on the subject of aviation safety with his ADAF counterpart.

 

“This visit is the start of a continuous dialogue between our airmen, allowing us to better understand each other and identify areas we can make progress together,” O’Shaughnessy said. “We have much in common…pride in our service, shared interests and perspectives, and common security challenges. We look forward to greater cooperation to ensure peace and stability in the region and in the world.”

 

O’Shaughnessy and Johnson met with key defense and military leaders throughout the three-day visit, to include Sr Lt. Gen. Phan Van Giang, Vietnam People’s Army chief of General Staff, Lt Gen. Le Huy Vinh, ADAF commander, and members of the U.S. Embassy and Consulate. Additionally, the group visited four air bases – Gia Lam, Noi Bai, Cam Ranh and Bien Hoa – providing the opportunity to engage with ADAF airmen on a variety of subjects.

 

In addition to shared security challenges, discussions focused on opportunities to further cooperate in areas of aviation safety and pilot training, search and rescue, humanitarian assistance, and military medicine.

 

Both nations also affirmed their commitment to continued progress on war legacy issues, highlighting the 142nd Repatriation Ceremony in Hanoi Dec. 13. The ceremony marked the recovery of four cases of U.S. servicemembers’ remains, the result of the ongoing humanitarian partnership between the Governments of Vietnam and the United States.

 

“The repatriation of our warriors serves as a great example of the trust we must continue to build upon between our nations,” O’Shaughnessy said. “We remain committed to making progress in these areas together, to acknowledging the past and looking forward to the future.” 

CONNECT WITH USINDOPACOM

ENGAGE & CONNECT MORE WITH PACOM

                                                 

IN THE USINDOPACOM NEWS
51st FW F-16 Fighting Falcons take the lead in Red Flag-Alaska 24-1
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 36th Fighter Squadron lands on a runway at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, May 8, 2024. The 36th FS aircraft returned from the Red Flag-Alaska 24-1 training event with sustained operational capabilities and improved interoperability with allies. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Kaitlin Frazier)
May 10, 2024 - The 51st Fighter Wing took charge as the lead wing in Red Flag-Alaska 24-1 hosted at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, from April 18 - May 3, 2024...

Philippines and U.S. Conclude Balikatan Exercises, Shoulder-To-Shoulder
Armed Forces of the Philippines Maj. Gen. Marvin L Licudine, Philippines Exercise Director, and Lt. Gen. Michael S. Cederholm, U.S. Exercise Director representative and Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force, furl the exercise flag during the closing ceremony to conclude Exercise Balikatan 24 at Camp Aguinaldo, Manila, Philippines, May 10, 2024. BK 24 is an annual exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military designed to strengthen bilateral interoperability, capabilities, trust, and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Pedro Tenorio)
May 10, 2024 - The Armed Forces of the Philippines hosted the closing ceremony of Exercise Balikatan 2024, marking the successful conclusion of the largest annual combined military exercise between the Republic of the Philippines and the...

Philippine, US, Australian Forces Show Off Combined Fires Capabilities, Destroy Ship in Balikatan Training Event
U.S. Airmen assigned to the 13th Fighter Wing conduct preflight checks on a F-16 Fighting Falcon before a maritime strike during Exercise Balikatan 24 at Basa Air Base, Philippines May 8, 2024. Armed Forces of the Philippines, U.S. and Australian military forces integrate land, sea and air platforms to simultaneously sense, target, strike and destroy a decommissioned ship off the western coast of Northern Luzon. BK 24 is an annual exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military designed to strengthen bilateral interoperability, capabilities, trust, and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle Chan)
May 10, 2024 - Philippine, U.S. and Australian military forces integrated land, sea and air platforms to simultaneously sense, target, strike and destroy a decommissioned ship off the western coast of Northern Luzon today...

DOD Releases Fiscal Year 2023 Freedom of Navigation Report
Graphic intended for use as a placeholder for Statements and Press Releases without accompanying imagery.
May 9, 2024 - The Department of Defense (DoD) released its annual Freedom of Navigation (FON) Report for Fiscal Year 2023...

Indo-Pacific Senior Military Official, Federated States of Micronesia Representatives Wrap Up Robust Joint Committee Meeting in Guam
Joint Region Marianas Hosts Delegates from the Federated States of Micronesia for the 2024 FSM-JCM



ASAN, Guam (May 3, 2024) – Joint Region Marianas hosted delegates from the Federated States of Micronesia during the FSM Joint Committee Meeting held May 1-2 in the JRM headquarters building on Nimitz Hill. Commander Joint Region Marianas Rear Adm. Greg Huffman led the discussion alongside the FSM Vice President Aren B. Palik and the U.S. Ambassador to the FSM Jennifer Johnson. In attendance were representatives from U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, U.S. Pacific Fleet, FSM national delegates, members of the FSM Congress, as well as state leaders and representatives from Chuuk, Pohnpei, Yap and Kosrae. 

The JCM is in accordance with the Compact of Free Association (COFA) Title III: Security and Defense Relations and promotes ongoing dialogue between nations with the objective to enhance security and defense responsibilities in the region. (U.S. Navy photos by Rey Rabara)
May 9, 2024 - The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Senior Military Official in Guam and Micronesia Rear Adm. Greg Huffman, Federated States of Micronesia Vice President Aren Palik and U.S. Ambassador to the FSM Jennifer Johnson hosted another...