USU’s CGHE supports U.S. Army Pacific through Lower Mekong Initiative

USU’s CGHE supports U.S. Army Pacific through Lower Mekong Initiative

Maj Oravec wears a traditional Burmese uniform in a photo with Dr. Min Thein, Director of the Relief & Resettlement Department at the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief & Resettlement. (Photo by CGHE staff)The Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) held its annual Disaster Response Exercise and Exchange (DREE) in Myanmar from 6-9 December 2016. The Uniformed Services University’s Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE) was proud to support U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) in the delivery of this critical engagement. The exercise represents a major milestone in U.S.-Myanmar civil-military relations as one of the first military-to-military cooperative engagements and lays the groundwork for future security cooperation activities. 

CGHE provided global health and disaster medicine expertise to the engagement, designing and leading the health lane of the exercise which included a workshop on health in emergencies and facilitation of the health working group. Through the Center’s Pacific Asia India Resilience (PAIR) program, CGHE was also able to provide disaster management and cultural/language expertise for the event. Center experts developed and led the disaster exercise scenario used in the DREE, and also provided overall exercise management support to USARPAC. This civil-military exercise created multiple opportunities for building trust and understanding between the civilian and military stakeholders, a timely activity as the country is in its early stages of transition to a civilian-led government.

[Image left -Maj Oravec wears a traditional Burmese uniform in a photo with Dr. Min Thein, Director of the Relief  Resettlement Department at the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief & Resettlement. (Photo by CGHE staff) 

 


LMI DREE participants pose for a group photo. (Photo by CGHE staff)[Image right- LMI DREE participants pose for a group photo. (Photo by CGHE staff) ]

For more on the PAIR program and activities related to it, please contact Principal Investigator Major Geoffrey Oravec at goravec@cghe.org.

U.S. Army Col. Peter Andrysiak presents Dr. Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Myanmar’s Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, with a gift on behalf of the commanders of USPACOM and USARPAC after the opening ceremony of the LMI DREE in Nyi Py

[Image left corner -U.S. Army Col. Peter Andrysiak presents Dr. Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Myanmar’s Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, with a gift on behalf of the commanders of USPACOM and USARPAC after the opening ceremony of the LMI DREE in Nyi Pyi Taw, Myanmar. (Photo by Russell Goemaere, USARPAC PAO)]