US military wraps up humanitarian mission to Vietnam

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 The US's Pacific Air Forces undertook Operation Pacific Angel to provide medical and engineering services in Vietnam's central province of Quang Binh last week

More than 50 US soldiers together with Vietnamese organizations and troops provided medical and engineering services in the north-central province of Quang Binh under a joint humanitarian mission.

As part of the five-day Operation Pacific Angel by the US's Pacific Air Forces, which ended in Dong Hoi town on June 14, a temporary clinic was set up to provide optometric, dental, women's health, physical therapy, and primary health services for at least 2,500 people.

Speaking to Thanh Nien on Friday, Amy Gammil, who was working at the clinic set up at a school, said some 2,000 people received checks and medicines.

Lt Jose Vallejo, who was in charge of the engineering team, told Thanh Nien his team has totally renovated Vinh Ninh Commune's medical clinic, including its power system.

The team was also set to renovate two schools by providing structural, roofing, plumbing, electrical, and other repairs, according to a press release.

Lt Col Tom Laitinen, mission commander, said 53 members of US military took part in the campaign.

They had been welcomed warmly and everything went smoothly, he said, adding they hoped the activities would continue in future.

"The more we can build these relationships, both military-military and military-civilian, the more it will help us in the event of a regional natural disaster or security crisis, or basically anything that requires cooperation between the US and Vietnam," he said.

According to the press release, this is the first multilateral operation to take place in Vietnam, with a member of the Lao People's Army partnering with the health services outreach team.

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