Pacific Angel 2017 delivers humanitarian assistance

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US Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jerome Capalad (left) demonstrates one of the different methods of carrying patients to Filipino first responders

Over the course of 10 days, more than 100 active duty US Air Force, Army, Navy, Nevada Air National Guard, and five other Pacific nations delivered humanitarian assistance and performed subject matter expert exchanges with their partners in the Philippines du­ring Pacific Angel 2017.

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PACANGEL team members from the Philippines, US, Fiji, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia worked in conjunction with local non-governmental organizations to conduct subject matter expert exchanges, complete electrical, plumbing and infrastructure repair projects, and provide dental, optometric, pediatric and general health care to the people of Northern Cebu Province.

“It has been an honor being here in the Philippines and working with the community and our multi-lateral partners,” said Lt. Col. Edward Khim, PACANGEL Philippines mission commander. “Not only were we able to provide structural repairs at seven different sites, but our doctors saw a record-breaking number of patients. At the end of the day though, it’s not about the numbers, it’s about building partnerships and learning from each other.”

The dental mission in Cebu

PACANGEL doctors and technicians were able to see more than 6,000 patients throughout the five days of health services outreach.

While PACANGEL events in the Philippines are now complete, Pacific Angel 2017 will continue in three other locations; Tam Ky, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam; Northern and Western Divisions, Fiji; and Gorkha, Nepal.

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