PP’11 PROMOTES EDUCATION IN F.S.M.
July 11, 2011
On July 8, Pacific Partnership 2011 (PP’11) Commodore U.S. Navy Captain Jesse Wilson conducted a presentation entitled “Pacific Partnership for Education” at the College of Micronesia-FSM (COM-FSM) National Campus in Palikir. The presentation was part of the U.S. Embassy/COM-FSM Forum Lecture Series, which provides U.S. Government professionals as guest speakers for COM-FSM students, faculty, staff, and interested community members. Attending the Forum Lecture was U.S. Ambassador Peter A. Prahar and Army Major General Lie-Ping (L.P.) Chang, Commanding General of the 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support) (MDSC). Present on behalf of COM-FSM was Acting President Ringlen Ringlen and Vice President of Instructional Affairs Jean Thoulag.
During the lecture, Wilson briefed participants on the PP’11 mission, highlighting its efforts to strengthen regional relationships in Southeast Asian and Oceania nations that might be called upon to respond to natural disasters in the region. In addition to promoting disaster preparedness, the Commodore stressed the importance of a strong education to prepare for success in an increasingly globalized, connected world.
Pacific Partnership is an annual humanitarian assistance initiative sponsored by the U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT). The mission aims to Pacific Partnership enhances regional relationships through medical, dental, and engineering projects, as well as subject matter expert exchanges (SMEE). On its sixth year, the mission visited Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, and the F.S.M.
The 807th MDSC is a theater medical command aligned to U.S. Army South/6th Army to provide medical support to the U.S. Army's Southern Command. As a major subordinate functional command of U.S. Army Reserve, 807th MDSC commands and controls all Army Reserve medical units spanning 26 states from Ohio to California. The command consists of 116 units and approximately 11,000 Soldiers.