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COMPACAF visit to Vietnam affirms growing partnership

Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, speaks with Senior Lt. Gen. Le Huy Vinh, Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force (ADAF) commander, during an office call at ADAF Headquarters Hanoi, Vietnam, Dec. 14.

Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, speaks with Senior Lt. Gen. Le Huy Vinh, Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force (ADAF) commander, during an office call at ADAF Headquarters Hanoi, Vietnam, Dec. 14. O’Shaughnessy and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, PACAF command chief, visited the country to affirm the United States’ shared commitment peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as to seek opportunities for advancing partnership and cooperation with the ADAF.(U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Megan Schafer)

Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, speaks with Senior Lt. Gen. Le Huy Vinh, Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force (ADAF) commander, during an office call at ADAF Headquarters Hanoi, Vietnam, Dec. 14.

Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, speaks with Senior Lt. Gen. Le Huy Vinh, Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force (ADAF) commander, during an office call at ADAF Headquarters Hanoi, Vietnam, Dec. 14. O’Shaughnessy and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, PACAF command chief, visited the country to affirm the United States’ shared commitment peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as to seek opportunities for advancing partnership and cooperation with the ADAF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Megan Schafer)

Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander and Senior Lt. Gen. Le Huy Vinh, Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force commander, review a formation of ADAF Airmen prior to an office call at ADAF Headquarters, Hanoi, Vietnam, Dec. 14.

Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander and Senior Lt. Gen. Le Huy Vinh, Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force commander, review a formation of ADAF Airmen prior to an office call at ADAF Headquarters, Hanoi, Vietnam, Dec. 14. O’Shaughnessy and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, PACAF command chief, visited the country to affirm the United States’ shared commitment to peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as to seek opportunities for advancing partnership and cooperation with the ADAF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Megan Schafer)

Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, speaks with Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force (ADAF) pilots during a base visit at Gia Lam Air Base, Vietnam, Dec. 14.

Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, speaks with Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force (ADAF) pilots during a base visit at Gia Lam Air Base, Vietnam, Dec. 14. O’Shaughnessy and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, PACAF command chief, visited the country to affirm the United States’ shared commitment to peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as to seek opportunities for advancing partnership and cooperation with the ADAF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Megan Schafer)

Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force (ADAF) leadership at Gia Lam Air Base, Vietnam, greet Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, Dec. 14.

Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force (ADAF) leadership at Gia Lam Air Base, Vietnam, greet Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, Dec. 14. O’Shaughnessy and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, PACAF command chief, visited the country to affirm the United States’ shared commitment to peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as to seek opportunities for advancing partnership and cooperation with the ADAF.(U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Megan Schafer)

Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, talks with a Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force (ADAF) pilot, Noi Bai Air Base, Vietnam, Dec. 15.

Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, talks with a Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force (ADAF) pilot, Noi Bai Air Base, Vietnam, Dec. 15. O’Shaughnessy and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, PACAF command chief, visited the country to affirm the United States’ shared commitment to peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as to seek opportunities for advancing partnership and cooperation with the ADAF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Daniel Knappmiller)

Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, inspects a Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force (ADAF) pilot’s helmet, during a visit to Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, Dec. 16.

Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, inspects a Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force (ADAF) pilot’s helmet, during a visit to Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, Dec. 16. O’Shaughnessy and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, PACAF command chief, visited the country to affirm the United States’ shared commitment to peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as to seek opportunities for advancing partnership and cooperation with the ADAF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Donner)

Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, pose for a photo with Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force (ADAF) pilots, during a visit to Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, Dec. 16.

Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, pose for a photo with Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force (ADAF) pilots, during a visit to Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, Dec. 16. O’Shaughnessy and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, PACAF command chief, visited the country to affirm the United States’ shared commitment to peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as to seek opportunities for advancing partnership and cooperation with the ADAF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Donner)

Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force 935th Regiment staff pin their wings on Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, as a gesture of respect during a visit to Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, Dec. 16.

Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force 935th Regiment staff pin their wings on Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, as a gesture of respect during a visit to Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, Dec. 16. O’Shaughnessy and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, PACAF command chief, visited the country to affirm the United States’ shared commitment to peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as to seek opportunities for advancing partnership and cooperation with the ADAF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Donner)

Vietnamese Air Defense-Force (ADAF) leadership greet Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, during a visit to Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, Dec. 16.
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Vietnamese Air Defense-Force (ADAF) leadership greet Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, during a visit to Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, Dec. 16. O’Shaughnessy and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, PACAF command chief, visited the country to affirm the United States’ shared commitment to peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as to seek opportunities for advancing partnership and cooperation with the ADAF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Donner)

Pacific Air Forces and Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force (ADAF) staff pose for a photo following a dinner hosted by the ADAF in Hanoi, Vietnam, Dec. 14
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Pacific Air Forces and Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force (ADAF) staff pose for a photo following a dinner hosted by the ADAF in Hanoi, Vietnam, Dec. 14. O’Shaughnessy and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, PACAF command chief, visited the country to affirm the United States’ shared commitment to peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as to seek opportunities for advancing partnership and cooperation with the ADAF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Donner)

Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, is instructed on how to play a traditional instrument by a Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force (ADAF) musician, during a dinner hosted by the ADAF, Hanoi, Vietnam, Dec. 14
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Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, is instructed on how to play a traditional instrument by a Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force (ADAF) musician, during a dinner hosted by the ADAF, Hanoi, Vietnam, Dec. 14. O’Shaughnessy and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, PACAF command chief, visited the country to affirm the United States’ shared commitment to peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as to seek opportunities for advancing partnership and cooperation with the ADAF.(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Donner)

HO CHI MIN CITY, Vietnam --

“Enhanced cooperation between the United States and Vietnam is of mutual benefit to our airmen, our nations and the entire region,” said Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, during his first visit here Dec. 14-16.

 

O’Shaughnessy and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, PACAF command chief, stopped in Hanoi, Cam Ranh, and Ho Chi Minh City to affirm the United States’ shared commitment to peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as to seek opportunities for advancing cooperation with the Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force (ADAF). Col. Jay Gibson, PACAF director of safety, also accompanied a portion of the visit to discuss further cooperation on the subject of aviation safety with his ADAF counterpart.

 

“This visit is the start of a continuous dialogue between our airmen, allowing us to better understand each other and identify areas we can make progress together,” O’Shaughnessy said. “We have much in common…pride in our service, shared interests and perspectives, and common security challenges. We look forward to greater cooperation to ensure peace and stability in the region and in the world.”

 

O’Shaughnessy and Johnson met with key defense and military leaders throughout the three-day visit, to include Sr Lt. Gen. Phan Van Giang, Vietnam People’s Army chief of General Staff, Lt Gen. Le Huy Vinh, ADAF commander, and members of the U.S. Embassy and Consulate. Additionally, the group visited four air bases – Gia Lam, Noi Bai, Cam Ranh and Bien Hoa – providing the opportunity to engage with ADAF airmen on a variety of subjects.

 

In addition to shared security challenges, discussions focused on opportunities to further cooperate in areas of aviation safety and pilot training, search and rescue, humanitarian assistance, and military medicine.

 

Both nations also affirmed their commitment to continued progress on war legacy issues, highlighting the 142nd Repatriation Ceremony in Hanoi Dec. 13. The ceremony marked the recovery of four cases of U.S. servicemembers’ remains, the result of the ongoing humanitarian partnership between the Governments of Vietnam and the United States.

 

“The repatriation of our warriors serves as a great example of the trust we must continue to build upon between our nations,” O’Shaughnessy said. “We remain committed to making progress in these areas together, to acknowledging the past and looking forward to the future.”