HONOLULU - U.S. Army Pacific participated in the inaugural Land Power in the Pacific Symposium and Exposition April 9 - 11 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Honolulu. The theme for the event was "Land Forces: Assuring Stability and Security in the Pacific."

The LANPAC symposium was an international event that brought together more than 600 attendees with representatives from 17 countries, emphasizing the importance of land forces in the Asia-Pacific region.

Key leaders from the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) and the Association of the U.S. Army's (AUSA) Institute of Land Warfare teamed with USARPAC made the event a huge success.

The 32nd Chief of Staff of the United States Army, Gen. (ret) Gordon R. Sullivan and current Association of the United States Army President gave the opening remarks.

U.S. Army Pacific, Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Francis J. Wiercinski opened with "The Army in the Pacific" presentation.

"The Pacific Ocean does not separate the United States from Asia; it connects us. We are intrinsically linked by our economies, our cultures; by our shared interests and by our shared security challenges.

"Our strategy is long-term, committed and resourced. Together, we are going to continue to build a mantle of success in peace and stability across this critical part of the world," Wiercinski said.

Implementing and sustaining the strategic rebalance will require long-term, sustained commitment and resources. Commitment to our partners and allies will remain rock solid and together we will build the mantle of success, said Wiercinski.

During the three-day symposium, panels and guest speakers covered a wide range of topics ranging from 'Operation Tomodachi' to 'Integrated Air and Missile Defense.

"They had some very productive presentations and some thought provoking panel presentations afterward. I really enjoyed the subject matter experts bringing different perspectives on challenges in the region," said Lt. Col. Duncan Roy, military attaché, New Zealand Army.

Canadian Army Maj. Michael Wood, TACOM liaison officer echoed that sentiment.

'Part of my job is mostly relating to equipment, so I came to see that [panel discussions]. But also as a land maintenance officer, I'm also interested in the logistics, support and sustainment portions of that," he said.

The conference also included 29 exhibits manned by industry and military representatives. Military units with displays included: U.S. Army Pacific; 25th Infantry Division; 8th Theater Sustainment Command; 9th Mission Support Command; 311th Signal Command; Asia-Pacific Counter- Improvised Explosive Device Center; and U.S. Army Pacific Contingency Command Post.

Wiercinski said that the AUSA team did an outstanding job putting the symposium together and the participation from USPACOM and joint allied partners, USARPAC team, academia, and industry was tremendous.

"This [event] was the brain child of General Sullivan. This week has been a resounding success. Thank you for saying you will be back next year." he added