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US army concludes joint disaster relief exercise in Bangladesh

  • Published at 08:32 am October 14th, 2017
  • Last updated at 10:14 am October 14th, 2017
US army concludes joint disaster relief exercise in Bangladesh
The eighth annual Pacific Resilience Disaster Response Exercise and Exchange (PR DREE) of the United States army and Bangladesh Armed Forces personnel ended on Thursday. The theme of the five-day exercise was civil-military integration and humanitarian assistance/disaster response in preparation for a massive earthquake, said a press release by the United States State Department. The PR DREE has been held annually since 2010. The event was co-sponsored by the Bangladesh Armed Forces, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief and US Pacific Command. According to the press release, the US Army Pacific sent 15 soldiers and airmen from the its headquarters battalion, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command and the Oregon National Guard, which has a state partnership with Bangladesh. Air Vice Marshal Mashiuzzaman Serniabat of the Bangladesh Armed Forces officially closed the exercise at the event. Brigadier General Bryan E Suntheimer, the deputy commanding general of US Army Pacific, and Deputy General Reaz Ahmed of the Bangladesh Department of Disaster Management also shared their remarks during the programme. Air Vice Marshal Mashiuzzaman said: "I do believe over the last five days you have developed some a collective understanding among yourselves and built up networking for improved interactions, which will help effective coordination while working together for disaster management." The event brought together over 1,400 participants from 13 nations, and dozens of government, non-government and international organisations. According to the statement, personnel worked together either through a phased tabletop exercise in Dhaka or a field training exercise held in Mymensingh, while testing out earthquake preparation plans, response capabilities and command and control organisational design. Brigadier General Suntheimer said: "Partnerships play a critical role in meeting global challenges, from maintaining peace to providing humanitarian assistance after natural disasters. Bringing your talents, ideas and resources together magnifies our impact far beyond the immediate region. Multinational partnerships are force multipliers for good around the world."
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