HONOLULU (Nov. 7, 2016) -- Global health engagements in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region demonstrates a continuing commitment to developing capability, increasing capacity and fostering relationships with key medical stakeholders in the region. Regional Health Command-Pacific (RHC-P) is dedicated to the mission and recently hosted a delegation of senior medical leaders from the Kingdom of Thailand's Royal Thai Army Medical Department, Nov. 7, at the headquarters location on Oahu, Hawaii.

Brig. Gen. Bertram Providence, commanding general, RHC-P, provided the head of the Thai delegation, Lt. Gen. Chumpol Piamsomboon, surgeon general, Royal Thai Army Medical Department, an overview of RHC-P's efforts to educate and expertly train leaders, Soldiers and civilians through the sustainment of medical proficiency.

This senior leader engagement also provided the leaders in the Thai delegation to gain a better understanding of how RHC-P orchestrates the delivery of world-class medical care for Service Members, families and eligible beneficiaries while enabling medical readiness and conducting health diplomacy in the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.

Providence also recognized the Thai's significant contributions to past global health engagements and regional exercises and encouraged future support and participation. Leaders from both sides expressed interest in identifying future ways to leverage health engagements to build upon a regionally sustainable health capacity that supports regional security.

"The shared contribution of the group of leaders during the Thai delegation visit was insightful," stated Brad Cogswell, deputy chief, RHC-P Global Health Engagements. "The attendees have years of experience at all levels, which was instrumental in identifying areas for future collaboration."

Senior leader global health engagements initiated by RHC-P, demonstrates Army Medicine's on-going commitment to identifying sustainable ways to engage with stakeholders in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. These efforts enhance medical readiness through the sharing of best medical treatment and practices, with a goal to build regionally sustainable health capacities.

"We look forward to continuing bilateral and multi-lateral engagements with the Royal Thai Army Medical Department, held either regionally or internationally," said Cogswell. "The partnerships developed between the U.S., the Kingdom of Thailand and other countries enhance the cooperation necessary to respond effectively to natural and man-made disasters and to maintaining regional security."

These engagements are crucial to closing the gap between the generating and operating force enabling agility, versatility and depth to RHC-P's forces with a direct focus on contributing to the security and stability of the region.

"Opening lines of communication, promoting regional partners, sustaining positive relationships and enhancing partner capability keep us focused on building and promoting interoperability in areas of mutual interest such as peacekeeping and stability operations, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, and military medicine," added Cogswell.