Lalmonirhat, 30 June 2019 :- The closing ceremony of 06 days long combined exercise between Bangladesh Air Force and US Pacific Air Force “Exercise Pacific Angel-2019-1” was held on Sunday (30-06-2019) at Kadamtola High School in Lalmonirhat. Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operation) Air Vice Marshal M Abul Bashar, BBP, OSP, ndc, acsc, psc declared the successful end of the exercise.
In the ceremony, he highlighted the significance of the exercise and thanked all participating members of Bangladesh Air Force, US Pacific Air Force, high officials of local Administration, NGOs and all concerned who made the exercise a success one. He also emphasized on existing excellent ties between Banladesh and USA and appreciated US Pacific Air Force for whole hearted participation in the exercise. He hoped that the exercise will enhance mutual cooperation between military and civil organisations as well as strengthen friendly relationship between the armed forces of both the countries.
On behalf of US Pacific Air Force, Brigadier General Mark Crosby thanked Bangladesh Air Force and all concerned organizations for their whole hearted co-operation to conduct the exercise. He also hoped that this type of exercise will be conducted regularly in future.
Air Commodore Mohammed Khair Ul Afsar, psc, Director of Air Operation, Deputy Commissioner of Lalmonirhat and other senior officers from BAF and US Pacific Air Force delivered speech in the closing session.
Earlier, Air Officer Commanding of Bangladesh Air Force Base Birsreshto Matiur Rahman Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Nazrul Islam, BSP, nswc, afwc, psc inaugurated the exercise as the Chief Guest on 23 June 2019.
Mentionable that a large number of local people living adjacent to the BAF Maintenance and Care Unit, Lalmonirhat were provided with free medical treatment in the exercise and selected 05 schools of that area were renovated and repaired jointly by US Pacific Air Force and BAF engineering team as a part of the exercise.
A total of 130 members of BAF under the command of Group Captain Abbas Ali, GUP, afwc, psc, GD(P), 60 members of US Pacific Air Force under the command of Major Kristoffer Glenn Pfalmer along with 06 doctors from Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand are also took part in the exercise.
US Ambassador in Bangladesh Mr Earl Robert Miller visited the different activities of the exercise on 24 June 2019. A cultural programme was also arranged with the participation of artists from both Bangladesh Air Force and US Pacific Air Force at the end.