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U.S., Chinese disaster exercise comes to Oregon

The exercise is an opportunity to share humanitarian assistance and disaster relief lessons learned from real-world events and enhance U.S. and Chinese disaster management capabilities

The Daily Astorian

Published on November 7, 2017 4:41PM

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Soldiers from the Army and People’s Liberation Army practice rescue operations during last year’s Disaster Management Exchange in China. The annual exchange will take place Monday through Nov. 19 at locations in Portland and Camp Rilea.

Army Soldiers from the Army and People’s Liberation Army practice rescue operations during last year’s Disaster Management Exchange in China. The annual exchange will take place Monday through Nov. 19 at locations in Portland and Camp Rilea.


A joint disaster relief training between the U.S. and China’s People’s Liberation Army is coming to locations in Portland and Camp Rilea.

The Army’s 8th Theater Sustainment Command, the senior logistics unit of the Pacific Area, is hosting the 13th-annual Pacific Disaster Management Exchange from Monday through Nov. 19. The event is being held in Oregon for the first time.

This year’s scenario is a multinational response to a separate country devastated by severe floods. The event includes discussions, exchanges and a field exercise.

Approximately 190 soldiers and civilians will take part, about half from the U.S. and half from China. U.S. organizations participating include the Army, Oregon National Guard, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Geological Survey, along with the Pacific Disaster Center, an applied research center managed by the University of Hawaii.



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