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 | June 17, 2024

Strengthening Military-Civilian Relations and Partnerships on Global Health Security

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Public Affairs

SYDNEY — The Australian Defence Force and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command co-hosted the Military Civilian Health Security Summit in Sydney, June 16-17, bringing together 23 Indo-Pacific partner nations, international organizations, NGOs and academics to facilitate improved coordination and collaboration between military and civilian groups to better prevent, detect and respond to health security threats.   

At MCHSS, there were 120 participants from the following countries: Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Fiji, Indonesia, India, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Sir Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, Timor-Leste, United Kingdom, and the United States as well as the African Partner Outbreak Response Alliance. 

Established in 2018, the MCHSS symbolizes a unified commitment to address global health security challenges and provides an opportunity for participants to share valuable insights and enhance regional readiness through its multilateral, multisectoral approach. In its third iteration, this year’s event featured keynote speakers and break-out sessions on global health security at the national, regional and global levels, to include the roles of defense and humanitarian groups during armed conflict, preparedness planning and countering misinformation and disinformation, among others.   

Centered on increasingly complex and dynamic health security landscapes, discussions featured the exchange of best practices and the identification of shared challenges, while providing an opportunity for unified strategies that transcend the civil-military divide and international borders.  

While at MCHSS, Australian Rear Adm. Sonya Bennett, Australian Defence Force surgeon general and U.S. Navy Capt. Jeffrey Bitterman, command surgeon at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, signed the Indo-Pacific health security alliance (IPhsa) Terms of Reference. IPhsa plays a pivotal role in strengthening health security through the diverse Indo-Pacific region by fostering an environment in which civilian-military security sectors can mitigate the impact of global health security threats and enhance national and regional resilience through integrated cooperation. The IPhsa Terms of Reference provide objectives that will foster collaboration on the development of global health security-related capabilities in the Indo-Pacific. 

By actively bolstering the health security capacity of civilian and military entities, the MCHSS aims to improve global stability through cultivating key partnerships, mitigating malign influences and enhancing readiness in order to advance peace, security, and prosperity in an open and resilient Indo-Pacific. 

CONNECT WITH USINDOPACOM

ENGAGE & CONNECT MORE WITH PACOM

                                                 

IN THE USINDOPACOM NEWS
U.S.-Philippine littoral live-fire training success
U.S. Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 214, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, assemble a GBU-32 joint direct attack munition onto a U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II with VMFA-214, MAG 13, 3rd MAW, before a littoral live-fire exercise off the coast of Ilocos Norte and Zambales during Marine Aviation Support Activity 24 on Clark Air Base, Philippines, June 15, 2024. The LLFX showcased the integrated command and control capabilities of the U.S. and Philippine Armed Forces in a territorial defense scenario featuring a coordinated bilateral and maritime strike. MASA is an annual Philippine-U.S. military exercise focused on mutual defense, strengthening relationships, and rehearsing emerging aviation concepts. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Shaina Jupiter)
June 17, 2024 - On June 15, 2024, elements of the Philippine and U.S. armed forces conducted a live-fire event for Marine Aviation Support Activity (MASA) 24. MASA is an annual Philippine-U.S. military exercise taking place in the...

U.S. Coast Guard hosts cadets from Japanese Coast Guard Training Ship Kojima
U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia Sector Guam and Maritime Safety and Security Team Honolulu personnel stand for a photo with over 40 cadets from the Japanese Coast Guard training ship Kojima during their visit to Guam on June 12, 2024. The event marked a significant moment of international cooperation and camaraderie between the two maritime services. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Josiah Moss)
June 17, 2024 - The U.S. Coast Guard hosted Capt. Kazushi Sakae and over 40 cadets from the Japanese Coast Guard training ship, Kojima, during their visit to Guam on June 12, 2024...

U.S., Canada, Japan and the Philippines Conduct Multilateral Operations
240616-N-N0824-0100 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 16, 2024) The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Gregorio del Pilar-class patrol ship BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS 17), front, sails in formation with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ship JS Kirisame (DD 104), and the Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Montreal (FFH 336) in the Philippine Sea during a multilateral Maritime Cooperative Activity (MCA) between Canada, Japan, the Philippines, and the United States, June 16, 2024. Participating units include the Montreal (FFH 336), the Kirisame, the Andres Bonifacio, and the Ralph Johnson. MCAs demonstrate a collective commitment to promote and strengthen regional and international cooperation in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. Ralph Johnson is forward deployed and assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest DESRON and the U.S. 7th fleet’s principal surface force. U.S. 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with allies and partners in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (Courtesy Photo)
June 17, 2024 - U.S. Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and Armed Forces of the Philippines conducted a Maritime Cooperative Activity (MCA) in the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone, upholding freedom of...

U.S. Indo-Pacific Commander Travels to Indonesia
Adm. Samuel J. Paparo, commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, conducts an inspection with Vice Adm. Erwin S. Aldedharma, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Navy, during his first official visit to Indonesia as USINDOPACOM commander, June 13, 2024. The U.S. and Indonesia share a deep and enduring strategic partnership, anchored in shared values of democracy and a commitment to the rules-based international order. USINDOPACOM is committed to enhancing stability in the Indo-Pacific region by promoting security cooperation, encouraging peaceful development, responding to contingencies, deterring aggression and, when necessary, fighting to win. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Bellino)
June 14, 2024 - JAKARTA, Indonesia — Adm. Samuel J. Paparo, commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, visited Indonesia June 11-14, to meet with senior military and government officials as the two nations celebrate the 75th anniversary of...

Joint Task Force Micronesia Holds Assumption of Command Ceremony
Adm. Samuel J. Paparo, commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and Rear Adm. Gregory C. Huffman exchange salutes during the Joint Task Force – Micronesia assumption of command ceremony on Andersen Air Force Base, June 14, 2024. During the ceremony, Rear Adm. Gregory C. Huffman assumed command, and will serve as the first two-star admiral in the area in over 70 years. The establishment of Joint Task Force – Micronesia reflects the commitment of Department of Defense to support our pacing challenge throughout the region and bolster homeland defense.
June 14, 2024 - Adm. Samuel J. Paparo, commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, presided over the establishment ceremony of Joint Task Force-Micronesia (JTF-M) at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam on June 14, 2024, where Rear Adm. Gregory C...