Military and civilian medical professionals from the U.S. and Vietnam met at Military Hospital 175 in Ho Chi Minh City for an expert level exchange of knowledge, experience and information as part of Operation Pacific Angel.
The event was hosted by Major General Nguyen Hong Son, the hospital’s director, who proudly announced plans to break ground on two new state-of-the-art medical facilities in Vietnam this May. Major General Kevin E. Pottinger, Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, Pacific Air Forces, expressed appreciation for the open dialogue that will allow improved humanitarian assistance and disaster relief expertise throughout Vietnam and the Pacific Region.
Both generals conveyed the importance of working together and believe Pacific Angel to be of great importance to enhancing military and civilian engagement.
Officially in its eighth year, Pacific Angel supports capacity-building efforts by partnering with other governments, non-governmental agencies and multilateral militaries. This year’s edition in Vietnam featured humanitarian assistance operations in Quang Ngai province, and expert meetings in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The operation will close on Monday, March 30 with an official ceremony in Quang Ngai province.