US and Vietnam partner on humanitarian assistance in Ha Tinh

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Throughout August US Navy Seabees, active duty and reserve US Air Force members, and Vietnamese military members have been working together to complete multiple humanitarian assistance projects in support of Pacific Unity 2011 in Ha Tinh Province.

According to a press release from American Embassy in Hanoi, the Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133, US Air Force reservists from the 624th Civil Engineer Squadron, and active duty airmen are part of the Engineering Civic Assistance Program (ENCAP), working alongside Vietnamese military and contractors to repair and improve three medical clinics across Ha Tinh.

Around 45 US and 15 Vietnamese military personnel are working together to provide expertise in medical, engineering and humanitarian support throughout Ha Tinh. Rapidly nearing completion, the three medical clinics at Thach Dong, Thach Mon, and Ha Huy Tap are being prepared for the final touches before presentation to the Vietnamese public.

"Not only do we have active duty and reservists working side by side, we also have Navy, Air Force, Vietnamese military, Vietnamese contractors, and even local volunteers working seamlessly to get the job done right. I can't picture a more diverse team," said Air Force Reserve Maj. Vinh Trinh, Pacific Unity 2011 mission commander. Trinh is an air reserve technician with 713th Combat Operations Squadron, Detachment 1, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

 "The Vietnamese people are resourceful and work very hard," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Jessica Hall, project supervisor at the Thach Dong clinic, "I just hope their military members will remember us working well together, I know I won't forget it."

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