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 | April 10, 2019

Pacific Partnership 19 Engineering Team Builds Friendships in Marshall Islands

By Petty Officer 3rd Class Chanel Turner

ENNIBURR, Republic of the Marshall Islands -- The Pacific Partnership 2019 (PP19) engineering team completed multiple construction projects in Majuro and Kwajalein prior to departing the Republic of the Marshall Islands, March 28.

PP19's construction projects, led by U.S. Army engineers and U.S. Navy Seabees, helped to enhance the sustainability of the local Marshallese community.

Pacific Partnership exchanges create lasting bonds of friendship and trust that enable the mission to build bridges for greater cooperation between the United States, mission partners, and host nations.

The engineering projects at Long Island Elementary School included construction and renovation of a garden, building a mulch station for fertilizer and installing eight water tanks. They also repaired the roof of 10 classrooms at the school in less than two weeks.

"The kids were very grateful about what we did for them," said U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Edilberto Ramirez. "They were very humble and we got to interact with them quite a bit. To see the kids so happy to see us every day kept us driven to complete the mission."

At the request of each host nation, the Pacific Partnership team provides focused support to address critical infrastructure concerns including construction of or repair to schools.

In Kwajalein, the Army team, with the help of Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, home-ported in Port Hueneme, Calif., completed sidewalk construction in seven locations in Ebeye resulting in 225 feet of new sidewalk. Working side-by-side with them were local Marshallese construction workers.

"We've accomplished so much as a team while working with the Marshallese workers," said U.S. Army Pfc. Emery Garner. "With hard work and dedication, we are committed to doing what we can for the community."

"The sidewalks will be a permanent mark of our support with our allies in the Marshall Islands," said U.S. Navy Chief Builder Dearmond Mahn.

The crew left the Marshall Islands with fond memories and gratitude for being able to work together as they continue with Pacific Partnership.

"I'm really proud of my team," said Ramirez. "They were dedicated to the job - I couldn't have picked better people."

Pacific Partnership, now in its 14th iteration, is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. Each year, the mission team works collectively with host and partner nations to enhance regional interoperability and disaster response capabilities, increase stability and security in the region, and foster new and enduring friendships in the Indo-Pacific.




ACDC: Marksmanship training Reel
May 21, 2024 - U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, and service members with the Philippine Armed Forces conduct marksmanship training during Archipelagic Coastal Defense Continuum...

U.S. Pacific Fleet Announces 29th RIMPAC Exercise
Graphic intended for use as a placeholder for Statements and Press Releases without accompanying imagery.
May 21, 2024 - Approximately 29 nations, 40 surface ships, 3 submarines, 14 national land forces, over 150 aircraft and more than 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 26 to...

Navy Awards Two Government of Japan Funded Contracts Totaling $122 Million for Work at Marine Corps Installation on Guam
Graphic intended for use as a placeholder for Statements and Press Releases without accompanying imagery.
May 21, 2024 - Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Pacific awarded two firm-fixed price task order Government of Japan (GOJ) funded contracts totaling $122 million for work at Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz (MCBCB) on Guam...

LANPAC Forum Strengthens Leadership and Alliances in Indo-Pacific
Lt. Gen. (Retired) Leslie C. Smith talks about patience, kindness, how to solve problems and the importance of see the Army as a profession and sense of purpose during the Leadership Forum at Honolulu, HI., on May 14, 2024. He asked Capt. Zhi Bing Cheong from the Singapore Army to share opinions about patience.

The LANPAC Leadership Forum professionally develops and inspires leaders, showcases USARPAC subordinate units, and engages both allies and partners across the USINDOPACOM area of responsibility.

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Carolina Sierra)
May 21, 2024 - Senior non-commissioned officers, senior officers, warrant officers, allies, and partners across the United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) area of responsibility came together May 14 through the 16 for three days...

U.S. Coast Guard visit to Republic of Palau strengthens maritime navigation and cooperation
Lt. Jay DeInnocentiis meets with Marine Transportation leadership and ATON technicians to discuss the fixed and floating ATON constellation in Palau on May 14, 2024. The team completed a vital weeklong mission in the Republic of Palau, setting the stage for future collaboration and bolstering safe maritime navigation and security. This visit, in response to a request from Palau Marine Transportation, focused on an Aids to Navigation (ATON) Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE). (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
May 20, 2024 - The U.S. Coast Guard completed a vital weeklong mission in the Republic of Palau, setting the stage for future collaboration and bolstering safe maritime navigation and security...