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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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A Fish Out of Water

By Wing Commander Jennifer Atkinson Royal New Zealand Air Force, Chief of Staff, Pacific Partnership New Zealand Defence Force nominations for Pacific Partnership 2015 were sought at the end of last year.  I received a very brief email that provide minimal information on the mission – other than it was …

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Setting Sail for BALTOPS

By VADM James G. Foggo Commander, 6th Fleet Commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO Today, June 8, a fleet of Allied and partner ships set sail from Gdynia, Poland, in one of the largest naval exercises the Baltic Sea and greater Atlantic Ocean area has seen in the 21st Century. …

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Mauri! Pacific Partnership 2015 Kiribati

By Cmdr Heather Sellers Lead Nurse Planner Kiribati The plane ride into the Bonriki International Airport was an experience to remember.  The island atoll of Tarawa is the shape of a ‘V’ and the water topaz blue, just like you see in the movies. The plane landed and slowed down …

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