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US Army Demonstrates Commitment to Palau Following Defense Secretary Visit > U.S. Indo-Pacific Command > 2015

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — U.S. Army Pacific deployed Soldiers and equipment to the island nation of Palau Sept. 7, using both air and sea delivery means in a training exercise to demonstrate defensive capabilities in support of the Compact of Free Association agreement and commitment to a Free and Open Indo-Pacific.

Soldiers from the 17th Field Artillery Brigade, based in Washington State, maneuvered from Guam to the Republic of Palau as part of the regional exercise Defender Pacific 20. Forces deployed by air to Angaur Island and received an Army logistic support vessel carrying a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), as part of simulated archipelagic defense.

“This bilateral effort with the Republic of Palau allowed us to validate our strategic reach and assure our partners and allies of our commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” said Col. Brandon Anderson, 17th FAB commander. “As always, the Thunderbolts remain ready to support missions…

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