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BAF, USAF begin joint humanitarian exercises

  • Published at 10:03 pm June 23rd, 2019
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An individual taking free medical treatment during the ‘Pacific Angel 2019-01’ exercise in Lalmonirhat Dhaka Tribune

Air Vice Marshall Muhammad Nazrul Islam, commander of  BAF Base Birsreshto Matiur Rahman, inaugurated the operation at Lalmonirhat Kadamtola High School Sunday

The Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) and the United States Air Force (USAF) began a joint exercise on Sunday, “Pacific Angel 2019-01,”  in Lalmonirhat.

Pacific Angel 2019 is a joint and combined humanitarian assistance engagement, enhancing participating nations’ humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities, in providing beneficial services to people in need throughout South and Southeast Asia.

During the six-day exercise, the 100-strong US team led by Major Christopher Palmer will work with 250 members of the BAF under Captain Abbas Ali. In addition, doctors from Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand are also taking part in the exercise.

Air Vice Marshall Muhammad Nazrul Islam, commander of  BAF Base Birsreshto Matiur Rahman, inaugurated the operation at Lalmonirhat Kadamtola High School yesterday.

In the exercise, 2000 people living near the BAF Maintenance and Care Unit in Lalmonirhat will be provided with free medical treatment along with knowledge on post-disaster medical care. Engineers from both countries are providing assistance in renovating and repairing damage to weak structures and several schools in the area.

A seminar was held in Lalmonirhat with effect from June 19-20 June, discussing the Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) program. In the seminar, heads of different government and non-government organizations in Lalmonirhat and Rangpur, and specialists of BAF and US Air Force, gave presentations on medical treatment and healthcare in post-disaster scenarios.