Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference (PACC VII) and Pacific Armies Management Seminar (PAMS XXXV)

Wednesday July 27, 2011

What is it?

The biennial Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference, PACC, is a multinational, executive defense forum for Army Chiefs of Staff from up to 28 countries. Pacific Armies Management Seminar has been occurring annually for 35 years. PACC/PAMS is the United States Army's largest Asia-Pacific Theater Security Cooperation Program event. PACCVII and PAMSXXXV will be held in Singapore during late July. PAMSXXXV is co-hosted by the Commander 6th Division Singapore Armed Forces and the U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), the Army's largest Service Component Command. The Chief of Army, Singapore Armed Forces and the Chief of Staff of the United States Army will co-host this year’s PACCVII conference.

The theme for both PACCVII and PAMSXXXV is "Building Land Forces Capacity through Multilateral Security Cooperation." Opening remarks are given by Gen. Marin E. Dempsey, U.S. Army Chief of Staff; Maj. Gen. Ravinder Singh, Singapore Armed Forces Chief of Staff; Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commander, U.S. Army Pacific; and Brig. Gen. Yeo See Peng. PACC/PAMS goals include developing capacity building and dialogue on themes and topics. PACCVII /PAMSXXXV will empower Singapore to demonstrate military capabilities and share its culture and history.

What has the Army done?

PAMS has expanded from the original nine nations of People's Republic of China, Chile, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and United States attending PAMS I in Honolulu in 1978, to 29 nations meeting in Santiago, Chile in 2010.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

PAMS is a multinational military seminar that provides a forum for senior-level officers from the Asia Pacific's regional ground forces to exchange views and ideas. It provides opportunities for future leaders of regional armies to develop strong interpersonal relationships. PAMS seminars have been held since 1978 in Honolulu, Auckland, Bangkok, Calgary, Dhaka, Manila, Nadi, New Delhi, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Santiago. Singapore first attended PAMS in 1997.

Why is this important to the Army?

The long-term objective of PACC/PAMS is promoting peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region through mutual understanding, dialogue, and friendship. It is the largest gathering of senior Army / security forces officers in the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to building interpersonal relationships, it's a professional development opportunity for future leaders.

Resource:

U.S. Pacific Command

The Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference VII and Pacific Asia Management Seminar XXXV

U.S. Army Pacific website

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