• Lt. Gen. Frank Wiercinski, Commander of USARPAC, meets with Maj.
Gen. Chansamone Chanyarath, Deputy Minister of Defense of Lao People's
Democratic Republic (PDR), during Wiercinski's visit to Laos Feb. 13.

    Lt. Gen. Frank Wiercinski, Commander of...

    Lt. Gen. Frank Wiercinski, Commander of USARPAC, meets with Maj. Gen. Chansamone Chanyarath, Deputy Minister of Defense of Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR), during Wiercinski's visit to Laos Feb. 13.

  • Lt. Gen. Frank Wiercinski, U.S. Army Pacifc Commanding General, listen to a
staffer explain about the dangers of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) during a
visit to the Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE) visitor's
center in Vientiane, Laos Feb. 13. During Lt. Gen. Wiercinski's visit to
Laos he explored ways that the U.S. Military could assist the government of
Laos in efforts to remove deadly UXO from the countryside.

    Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise visitor's center

    Lt. Gen. Frank Wiercinski, U.S. Army Pacifc Commanding General, listen to a staffer explain about the dangers of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) during a visit to the Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE) visitor's center in Vientiane, Laos...

  • Lt. Gen. Frank Wiercinski, Commander of USARPAC, listen to a
staffer explain about the dangers of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) during a
visit to the Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE) visitor's
center in Vientiane, Laos Feb. 13. During Lt. Gen. Wiercinski's visit to
Laos he explored ways that the U.S. Military could assist the government of
Laos in efforts to remove deadly UXO from the countryside.

    USARPAC CG listens to staffer about dangers of UXOs

    Lt. Gen. Frank Wiercinski, Commander of USARPAC, listen to a staffer explain about the dangers of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) during a visit to the Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE) visitor's center in Vientiane, Laos Feb. 13. During...

  • Lt. Gen. Frank Wiercinski, U.S. Army Pacific Commanding General, shakes hands with Maj. Gen. Chansamone Chanyarath, Deputy Minister of Defense of Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR), at the conclusion of their meeting in Laos Feb. 13.

    USARPAC CG meets Deputy Minister of Defense of Lao People's

    Lt. Gen. Frank Wiercinski, U.S. Army Pacific Commanding General, shakes hands with Maj. Gen. Chansamone Chanyarath, Deputy Minister of Defense of Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR), at the conclusion of their meeting in Laos Feb. 13.

Lieutenant General Francis J. Wiercinski, Commanding General of U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC) visited Lao P.D.R. on February 13, 2013, and met with senior officials from the Lao Ministry of Defense to discuss issues related to ongoing and future U.S -- Lao military cooperation.

Lt. Gen. Wiercinski is the highest ranking U.S. military officer to visit Laos since 2007, demonstrating the increasingly close bi-lateral relationship between the U.S. and Laos, as well as the U.S. government's commitment to greater engagement with countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

During his visit, Lt. Gen. Wiercinski met with Major General Chansamone Chanyalath, Vice-Minister of National Defense. During the meeting, both generals hailed the growth in ties between the U.S. and Lao militaries. U.S. Military cooperation with Laos has grown increasingly strong in recent years, with a focus on military education and training programs, de-mining, and humanitarian assistance activities. Over the past 15 years, the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) has contributed $9.4 million in funding for humanitarian assistance projects such as new schools and medical facilities in rural areas.

Other highlights of Lt. Gen. Wiercinski's visit included a tour of the Lao People's Army Museum, and a stop at the COPE Visitor's Center, to learn about programs that assist victims of unexploded ordnance.

Lt. Gen. Wiercinski was also the guest of honor at a special dinner hosted by U.S. Ambassador to Lao P.D.R. Karen Stewart.

As commander of USARPAC, Lt. Gen. Wiercinski leads all Army forces in the Asia-Pacific region, amounting to more than 70,000 full-time Soldiers and 11,400 civilians employed throughout the Pacific and 9,000 more in the National Guard and Army Reserve. The organization conducts more than 169 activities in 26 countries annually as well as 16 exercises with Asia-Pacific partners and allies.

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