500 military personnel join disaster response exercise

Pacific Partnership 2019 Mission Commander Capt. Randy Van Rossum shakes hands with Royal Navy Capt. Paddy Allen, director of mission, during an all-hands call aboard the Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) prior to the Brunswick’s departure. 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 security and stability in the region, and foster new and enduring friendships in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chanel L. Turner

More than 500 military and civilian personnel from nearly a dozen countries are participating in 14th Pacific Partnership Mission, an exercise designed to train armed forces in coordinating disaster response as well as to strengthen ties in Indo-Pacific.

Participating countries include Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Peru, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The U.S. Navy leads the alliance with partner nation forces for the mission, which began March 4.

“This annual maritime operation will help improve disaster response preparedness,
resiliency and capacity while enhancing partnerships with participating
nations and civilian humanitarian organizations throughout the Indo-Pacific,” according to a press release from Joint Region Marianas.

Pacific Partnership is the largest annual, multilateral disaster response
preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific.

This year’s mission will be led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron 1, embarked in the expeditionary and transport ships USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) and USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4).

“Pacific Partnership is about building trust and sharing knowledge,” said Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, commander, Task Force 73, the executive agent for Pacific Partnership 2019. “This mission shows that the U.S., our partners and hosts are working together to making this region better prepared for disaster response.”

Experts in the fields of engineering, medicine and disaster response will partner with each host country to conduct civic-action projects, community health exchanges, medical symposiums and disaster response training activities.

Engagements between Pacific Partnership participants and host nations are intended to improve capacity, enhance regional partnerships and increase multilateral cooperation for disaster preparedness.

“Pacific Partnership brings nations together to prepare in calm to respond in crisis,” said Capt. Randy Van Rossum, commodore, Destroyer Squadron 1, the mission commander for Pacific Partnership 2019. “Our mission team, made up of servicemembers and volunteers from around the world, reflects this enduring commitment to the region.”

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Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.