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 19, 2015

Kiribati Phase of Pacific Partnership Mission Completed

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Carla Burdt Pacific Partnership Public Affairs

Task Force Forager embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command joint high speed vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) wrapped up its first visit of Pacific Partnership 2015 with a closing reception June 17.

While only in the Republic of Kiribati for 15 days, the crew made a significant impact on the small island nation.

“A little over two weeks ago we began our mission in Kiribati, and today we stand proud of what we have achieved together,” said Commodore, Task Force Forager, Capt. James Meyer.

Medical, engineering, veterinary, band, and dental teams spent countless hours among the local community conducting engagements and various outreach events.

Seabees renovated Bikenibeu West and Temwanoku Primary Schools, resulting in improved classrooms and buildings for more than 1,400 students.

The medical teams completed more than 200 collaborative health engagements, 1,100 exams and engaged with approximately 2,000 people.

These medical engagements resulted in improved healthcare awareness, life saving courses for first responders, information exchanges in multiple disciplines in the medical field and direct patient care. Additionally, veterinary teams completed 500 procedures.

“The medical team helped better equip Kiribati medical professionals and the Kiribati healthcare system with the knowledge and information necessary to build their capacity to respond to a multitude of disasters,” said Meyer.

The Pacific Partnership Joint Band conducted 28 performances and entertained approximately 10,500 people.

An Army civil affairs team conducted numerous classes, exchanges, workshops, and community engagement activities reaching well over 500 of Kiribati’s key leaders.

“Pacific Partnership isn’t just about the work accomplished, it is also about the relationships built, partnerships developed, and our increased ability to work together as global neighbors, especially during times of crisis,” said Meyer.

Meyer spoke of the warm welcome that Task Force Forager received in Kiribati. To the Kiribati people, he had these heartfelt words.

“Everything we have accomplished has truly been a team effort,” said Meyer. “The reception and welcome we received was overwhelming. Your kindness and hospitality is truly unforgettable and has touched everyone on our team. We have learned what generosity and hospitality really mean.”

Meyer continued, “As we depart Kiribati, I believe I speak for all of our team when I say that we are not just leaving behind some renovated schools, enhanced medical skills, and improved disaster response plans, but we are leaving behind a part of our hearts.”

See photos of the team's work in the U.S. Pacific Fleet Flickr stream.

Millinocket departed Kiribati June 18 and is currently en route to the Federated States of Micronesia.

Task Force Forager is led by an expeditionary command element from the Navy's 30th Naval Construction Regiment (30 NCR) from Port Hueneme, California. Millinocket is currently serving as the secondary platform for Pacific Partnership 2015. The primary platform for the mission is the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

Now in its tenth iteration, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region. While training for crisis conditions, Pacific Partnership missions have provided medical care to approximately 270,000 patients and veterinary services to more than 38,000 animals. Additionally, the mission has provided critical infrastructure developments to host nations through the completion of more than 180 engineering projects.

CONNECT WITH USINDOPACOM
Facebook

Like Us
Twitter
337,480
Follow Us

ENGAGE & CONNECT MORE WITH PACOM

                                                 

IN THE USINDOPACOM NEWS
U.S. Indo-Pacific Commander Strengthens Cooperation in Visit to Timor-Leste
U.S. Indo-Pacific Commander Strengthens Cooperation in Visit to Timor-Leste
Feb. 3, 2023 - Adm. John C. Aquilino, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, visited Timor-Leste Feb. 1-3, to strengthen our security cooperation and enduring partnership between our countries.In meetings with President José Ramos-Horta,...

7th Fleet Travels to the Republic of Korea for 7th Annual Anti-Submarine Warfare Cooperation Committee Meeting
BUSAN, Republic of Korea (Feb. 2, 2023) Vice Admiral Kim Jung-soo, Commander Republic of Korea Fleet leads Vice Adm. Karl Thomas, Commander, US 7th Fleet and Staff on a tour of the flight deck aboard the Republic of Korea Navy Dokdo-class Amphibious Assault Ship ROKS Marado (LPH-6112) in Busan, ROK. Vice Adm. Thomas is in the Republic of Korea to attend the 7th annual Anti-submarine Warfare Cooperation Committee meeting. (Courtesy photo by Commander, ROK Fleet Public Affairs)
Feb. 3, 2023 - BUSAN, Republic of Korea - Vice Adm. Karl Thomas, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, visited Commander, Republic of Korea Fleet (CRF) Base in Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK), Feb. 2, to attend the 7th Anti-Submarine Warfare...

B-1B Lancers return to Indo-Pacific for BTF missions
A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, prepares to take off from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota for a Bomber Task Force deployment, Jan. 31, 2023. BTF deployments are designed to showcase the Air Force’s ability to deter, deny and dominate any influence or aggression from adversaries or competitors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Jacobsen)
Feb. 3, 2023 - B-1B Lancers assigned to the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota landed at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb 1...

Unified Pacific Intel Wargame “Pacific Winds” offers key insights to deter potential adversaries and address global challenges
Australian Army Maj. Gen. Chris Smith, U.S. Army Pacific Deputy Commanding General Strategy and Plans (right), and New Zealand Army Brig. Gen. Rose King, New Zealand Army Deputy Chief of Staff (center), listen to a brief during the Unified Pacific Wargame Series intelligence-focused
Feb. 2, 2023 - U.S. Army Pacific Commanding General Gen. Charles A. Flynn hosted senior leaders from across the Department of Defense and several allied nations as part of the Unified Pacific Wargame Series intelligence-focused event...

Austin Visit to Philippine Base Highlights Benefits of U.S-Philippine Alliance
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III meets with Philippine Chief of Defense, Gen. Andres Centino at Camp Navarro, Zamboanga, Philippines, Feb. 1, 2023. Austin is traveling to Asia to meet with senior government and military leaders in Korea and the Philippines to advance regional stability, further strengthen the defense partnerships and reaffirm the deep commitment of the United States to work in concert with allies and partners in support of the shared vision of preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Feb. 2, 2023 - Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III visited Camp Navarro in Mindanao, Philippines, where U.S. and Philippine service members are working closely together to ensure long-term prosperity of the region...