Commander Canadian Army engaging counterparts at Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference
September 21, 2017 – Seoul, Republic of Korea – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Commander Canadian Army, participated in the 10th Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference (PACC), in Seoul, Republic of Korea from September 18 to 21. This biennial conference, aimed at promoting security cooperation, provides a venue for sharing knowledge and training opportunities while developing and enhancing relationships between participating armies.
While at the conference, Lieutenant-General Wynnyk conducted bilateral meetings with several partner nations from within the region including the host nation, the Republic of Korea.
The PACC is presently the only forum for the Canadian Army to establish and maintain contact with a broad range of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Pacific Rim Armies.
“I was impressed by the collaborative nature of discussions this week in Seoul, as we work to strengthen civil-military partnerships in responding to non-traditional security threats. Canada is a committed partner in these efforts.”
— Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Commander Canadian Army
The Chief of Staff of the United States Army co-hosts the conference along with an Army Commander or Deputy Commander of a host nation, which rotates biennially. This year’s PACC was co-hosted by the Republic of Korea Army and the United States Army Pacific.
Canada has participated in all the PACCs since the first invitation was extended by the Chief of Staff of the United States Army in 1997.
The PACC gives the Commander of the Canadian Army a better understanding of evolving regional dynamics and provides an opportunity to build relationships and reinforce engagement opportunities.
Canada’s Defence Policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, affirms our unwavering commitment to long-standing alliances and partnerships. Canada’s participation in conferences like the PACC works towards collaboratively addressing threats abroad, in an unpredictable and complex security environment. This is one of many instances in which the Canadian Armed Forces actively contributing to the security of allies and partners today and into the future.
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