US, Japan, ROK agree to work together on HA/DR issues

By Sgt. 1st Class Christina Bhatti, U.S. Army, Pacific Public AffairsAugust 25, 2009

Three chiefs of armies discussed the future of Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief during a meeting at the Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference VI, in Tokyo, Aug. 25. 
Gen. George W. Casey Jr. U.S. Army chief of staff, Gen. Yoshifumi Hibako, Japan Ground Self Defense Force chief of staff and Gen. Lim Choung-Bin, Republic of Korea Army chief of staff unanimously agreed working together to better HA/DR would not only improve relations amongst the nations and help people, but also promote security and stability within the Asia-Pacific region.
“There was a great discussion with the chiefs of armies from the US, Japan and Korea,” said Lt. Gen Benjamin R. Mixon, commanding general, United States Army, Pacific. “They discussed Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations. The dialogue was very encouraging. This discussion is a good step toward our future.”
The PACC VI and PAMS XXXIII conference will provide many nations Armies to focus on this year’s theme, Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief in Natural and Human-Induced Disasters.
The week-long conferences facilitate senior officers discussing and exchanging ideas in order to help promote peace and stability in the region, coming up with solutions to complex humanitarian aid issues and developing interpersonal relationships.
“This PACC is about regional stability,” said Mixon. “Getting our nations together to talk before a natural disaster happens is what we want to do. After a crisis, it is too late to begin talks.”
1 / 1 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Three chiefs of armies discussed the future of Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief during a meeting at the Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference VI, in Tokyo, Aug. 25. Gen. George W. Casey Jr. U.S. Army chief of staff, Gen. Yoshifumi Hibako, Japan Ground Self Defense Force chief of staff and Gen. Lim Choung-Bin, Republic of Korea Army chief of staff unanimously agreed working together to better HA/DR would not only improve relations amongst the nations and help people, but also promote security and stability within the Asia-Pacific region. “There was a great discussion with the chiefs of armies from the US, Japan and Korea,” said Lt. Gen Benjamin R. Mixon, commanding general, United States Army, Pacific. “They discussed Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations. The dialogue was very encouraging. This discussion is a good step toward our future.” The PACC VI and PAMS XXXIII conference will provide many nations Armies to focus on this year’s theme, Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief in Natural and Human-Induced Disasters. The week-long conferences facilitate senior officers discussing and exchanging ideas in order to help promote peace and stability in the region, coming up with solutions to complex humanitarian aid issues and developing interpersonal relationships. “This PACC is about regional stability,” said Mixon. “Getting our nations together to talk before a natural disaster happens is what we want to do. After a crisis, it is too late to begin talks.” (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Christina Bhatti, U.S. Army, Pacific Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL