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Return to Bougainville/Arawa

ARAWA, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea (July 3, 2015) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Stephanie Caicedo, a dental assistant from Jacksonville, Fla., holds a child’s hands during a tooth extraction at the Arawa Medical Clinic as part of Pacific Partnership 2015

By Flight Lieutenant Paul Summers Royal Australian Air Force I was in Bougainville fifteen years ago as part of the Peace Monitoring Group (PMG). So when I found out I was going to be here during the Pacific Partnership 2015 mission, I was very interested to see how things had …

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Pacific Partnership 2015’s “Weapon” System

By Capt. Christopher Engdahl Mission Commander, Pacific Partnership 2015 As a Destroyer Squadron Commodore conducting Carrier Strike Group operations I had a wide variety of powerful weapons available for both offensive and defensive use.  These weapons span the technological and lethal spectrum from complex surface-to-surface missiles, intelligent air dropped torpedoes, …

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Pacific Partnership by the Numbers: Fiji

From Pacific Partnership 2015 Public Affairs The Pacific Partnership 2015 team aboard the USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) spent 13 days with the people of Fiji in Suva and Savusavu, training and exchanging ideas to strengthen humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness. Members of the U.S. Navy, Australian, New Zealand, Japanese and …

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Seabees are like Spam

By Lt. j.g. David Boyer U.S. Navy, Civil Engineer Corps, Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 Engineering Team Lead, Pacific Partnership 2015 Greetings from Pohnpei!  This island is truly a gem of the Pacific, with beautifully rugged terrain and a welcoming populace that is familiar with and appreciative of the U.S. military …

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Pacific Partnership Paves the Way in Preventive Medicine

By Lt. j.g. Elizabeth Gerardo Entomologist, Preventative Medicine, Pacific Partnership 2015 Pacific Partnership was not a new concept to me. My sister-in-law, Angelina Gerardo, was an Army Veterinarian on Pacific Partnership 2013. She returned from her mission speaking of how rewarding the experience was. Pacific Partnership offered her the opportunity …

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Midwifery Partnership

By CDR Protegenie (Genie) Reed Navy Midwife, Pacific Partnership 2015 My first Pacific Partnership experience was in 2011 on the USS Cleveland (LPD 7).  While it was a wonderful opportunity, being a part of Pacific Partnership 2015 aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) is proving to be just …

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Pacific Partnership: Beyond this Year’s Mission

By Capt. Christopher Engdahl Mission Commander Pacific Partnership 2015 No matter the U.S. or partner military service branch, international non-governmental organization, or host nation civilian agency, we never allow any mission to go unevaluated, unassessed, or unimproved in support of follow on missions.  Pacific Partnership remarkably engages across this entire spectrum …

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Transformed from Civilian to Golden Shellback

Molly Broderick Project HOPE Volunteer “You mean to tell me you volunteered for this mission? Are you crazy?!?!” In my three weeks on the Mercy, having finally mastered the maze that is this ship and having finally developed a general, albeit limited, understanding of the military jargon and rules necessary …

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