US, Cambodia Commence Pacific Angel 16 Humanitarian Assistance Mission

Released on June 8, 2016

At the invitation of the Cambodian government, the United States and Cambodia militaries will conduct humanitarian assistance events and military to military subject matter expert exchanges from June 6 – 18, 2016, in Kampot Province, Cambodia, as part of Pacific Angel 2016.

During this mission, approximately 80 members of the U.S. military and their Cambodian counterparts, along with service members from Australia, Vietnam and Thailand, will work together in partnership with local non-governmental organizations to provide humanitarian assistance to the residents of Kampot Province.

Pacific Angel is a joint and combined humanitarian assistance mission conducted in various countries throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region with the active participation and leadership of the U.S. Air Force.  Pacific Angel includes general health, dental, optometry, pediatrics, physical therapy and engineering programs as well as various humanitarian aid and disaster relief subject matter expert exchanges. The mission enhances participating nations’ humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities while providing needed services to people throughout the region.

In Cambodia, multinational engineers will work on reconstruction projects for four local schools and two health centers in the city of Kampot andmultinational medical service providers will conduct health service outreach in the Tuek Chhou and Kampong Trach districts in Kampot Province. The subject matter expert exchanges between the two militaries will focus on public health emergencies and humanitarian aid and disaster response.  The mission will conclude with a closing ceremony on June 20.

Since 2007, Pacific Angel events have improved the lives of tens of thousands of people across the region while ensuring that the region’s militaries are prepared to work together to address humanitarian crises. This will be the fourth Pacific Angel event conducted in Cambodia.

Note to Editors:  The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh will be organizing a day trip tour for local reporters to cover the Pacific Angel 2016 in Kampot Province on Wednesday, June 15.  Local journalists who wish to join the tour should contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh at or phone 023 728 258 before 5:00 pm, on Friday, June 10, 2016.