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Historic PAMBALA 2017 draws to a close in Angola
State Partner Ohio works with Serbia and the Republic of Angola during trilateral medical engagement
Representatives of several countries from all over the world, including the Ivory Coast, Portugal and  Hungary, attend the closing ceremony and VIP day for the PAMBALA 2017 exercise Dec. 14, 2017, Bengo Province, Angola. During the closing ceremony, members of both the Serbian Armed Forces and the Ohio National Guard exchanged flags with their host nation, Angola, and remarks were given by representatives of each participating country on the success of the first-ever trilateral engagement. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn)
11 photos: Historic PAMBALA 2017 draws to a close in Angola
Photo 1 of 11: Representatives of several countries from all over the world, including the Ivory Coast, Portugal and Hungary, attend the closing ceremony and VIP day for the PAMBALA 2017 exercise Dec. 14, 2017, Bengo Province, Angola. During the closing ceremony, members of both the Serbian Armed Forces and the Ohio National Guard exchanged flags with their host nation, Angola, and remarks were given by representatives of each participating country on the success of the first-ever trilateral engagement. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn) Download full-resolution version
Col. Kevin Edwards, an Ohio Army National Guard nurse practitioner, accepts the U.S. flag during of the exchanging of flags at the VIP day and closing ceremony for PAMBALA 2017, Dec. 14, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola. Personnel from the Serbian Armed Forces and the Ohio National Guard exchanged flags with their host nation, the Republic of Angola, and remarks were given by representatives of each participating country on the success of the first-ever trilateral engagement. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn)
11 photos: Historic PAMBALA 2017 draws to a close in Angola
Photo 2 of 11: Col. Kevin Edwards, an Ohio Army National Guard nurse practitioner, accepts the U.S. flag during of the exchanging of flags at the VIP day and closing ceremony for PAMBALA 2017, Dec. 14, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola. Personnel from the Serbian Armed Forces and the Ohio National Guard exchanged flags with their host nation, the Republic of Angola, and remarks were given by representatives of each participating country on the success of the first-ever trilateral engagement. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn) Download full-resolution version
Lt. Col. Jill McLoughlin, a preventative medicine officer with the Ohio Army National Guard, represents the U.S. in the exchanging of flags during the closing ceremony for the PAMBALA 2017 exercise Dec. 14, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola. Personnel from the Serbian Armed Forces and the Ohio National Guard exchanged flags with their host nation, the Republic of Angola, and remarks were given by representatives of each participating country on the success of the first-ever engagement. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn)
11 photos: Historic PAMBALA 2017 draws to a close in Angola
Photo 3 of 11: Lt. Col. Jill McLoughlin, a preventative medicine officer with the Ohio Army National Guard, represents the U.S. in the exchanging of flags during the closing ceremony for the PAMBALA 2017 exercise Dec. 14, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola. Personnel from the Serbian Armed Forces and the Ohio National Guard exchanged flags with their host nation, the Republic of Angola, and remarks were given by representatives of each participating country on the success of the first-ever engagement. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn) Download full-resolution version
Representatives of several countries from all over the world, including the Ivory Coast, Portugal and  Hungary, attend the closing ceremony and VIP day for the PAMBALA 2017 exercise Dec. 14, 2017, Bengo Province, Angola. During the closing ceremony, members of both the Serbian Armed Forces and the Ohio National Guard exchanged flags with their host nation, Angola, and remarks were given by representatives of each participating country on the success of the first-ever trilateral engagement. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn)
11 photos: Historic PAMBALA 2017 draws to a close in Angola
Photo 4 of 11: Representatives of several countries from all over the world, including the Ivory Coast, Portugal and Hungary, attend the closing ceremony and VIP day for the PAMBALA 2017 exercise Dec. 14, 2017, Bengo Province, Angola. During the closing ceremony, members of both the Serbian Armed Forces and the Ohio National Guard exchanged flags with their host nation, Angola, and remarks were given by representatives of each participating country on the success of the first-ever trilateral engagement. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn) Download full-resolution version
Col. Thomas Sodeman, commander of the Ohio National Guard forces for PAMBALA 2017, gives his remarks during the closing ceremony and VIP day for the PAMBALA 2017 exercise Dec. 14, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola. Highlights of the event included a demonstration of an infectious disease crisis response by the Angolan police and firefighting units, the Angolan Armed Forces and some of the Serbian and Ohio National Guard personnel. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn
11 photos: Historic PAMBALA 2017 draws to a close in Angola
Photo 5 of 11: Col. Thomas Sodeman, commander of the Ohio National Guard forces for PAMBALA 2017, gives his remarks during the closing ceremony and VIP day for the PAMBALA 2017 exercise Dec. 14, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola. Highlights of the event included a demonstration of an infectious disease crisis response by the Angolan police and firefighting units, the Angolan Armed Forces and some of the Serbian and Ohio National Guard personnel. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn Download full-resolution version
Members of the Angolan police forces demonstrate a response to a riot situation during a simulated epidemic infectious disease outbreak during the VIP day and closing ceremony for PAMBALA 2017, Dec. 14, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola. Highlights of the event included a demonstration of an infectious disease crisis response by the Angolan police and firefighting units, the Angolan Armed Forces and some of the Serbian and Ohio National Guard personnel. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn)
11 photos: Historic PAMBALA 2017 draws to a close in Angola
Photo 6 of 11: Members of the Angolan police forces demonstrate a response to a riot situation during a simulated epidemic infectious disease outbreak during the VIP day and closing ceremony for PAMBALA 2017, Dec. 14, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola. Highlights of the event included a demonstration of an infectious disease crisis response by the Angolan police and firefighting units, the Angolan Armed Forces and some of the Serbian and Ohio National Guard personnel. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn) Download full-resolution version
Master Sgt. Christopher Ice (right) of the Ohio Air National Guard and a member of the Serbian Armed Forces (center) take part in a demonstration of a simulated epidemic infectious disease outbreak during the VIP day and closing ceremony for PAMBALA 2017, Dec. 14, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola. Highlights of the event included a demonstration of an infectious disease crisis response by the Angolan police and firefighting units, the Angolan Armed Forces and some of the Serbian and Ohio National Guard personnel. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn)
11 photos: Historic PAMBALA 2017 draws to a close in Angola
Photo 7 of 11: Master Sgt. Christopher Ice (right) of the Ohio Air National Guard and a member of the Serbian Armed Forces (center) take part in a demonstration of a simulated epidemic infectious disease outbreak during the VIP day and closing ceremony for PAMBALA 2017, Dec. 14, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola. Highlights of the event included a demonstration of an infectious disease crisis response by the Angolan police and firefighting units, the Angolan Armed Forces and some of the Serbian and Ohio National Guard personnel. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn) Download full-resolution version
Ohio Air National Guard Capt. Sarah Woodson (left) and Ohio Army National Guard Capt. Amanda Harder (right) celebrate with members of the Angolan Armed Forces at the conclusion of the demonstration of the response to a simulated epidemic infectious disease outbreak during the PAMBALA 2017 VIP day and closing ceremony, Dec. 14, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola. Highlights of the event included a demonstration of an infectious disease crisis response by the Angolan police and firefighting units, the Angolan Armed Forces and some of the Serbian and Ohio National Guard personnel. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn)
11 photos: Historic PAMBALA 2017 draws to a close in Angola
Photo 8 of 11: Ohio Air National Guard Capt. Sarah Woodson (left) and Ohio Army National Guard Capt. Amanda Harder (right) celebrate with members of the Angolan Armed Forces at the conclusion of the demonstration of the response to a simulated epidemic infectious disease outbreak during the PAMBALA 2017 VIP day and closing ceremony, Dec. 14, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola. Highlights of the event included a demonstration of an infectious disease crisis response by the Angolan police and firefighting units, the Angolan Armed Forces and some of the Serbian and Ohio National Guard personnel. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn) Download full-resolution version
A child waits with her family outside one of the field hospital clinics in the village of Ceramica during the PAMBALA 2017 exercise Dec. 13, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola. By participating in this trilateral medical engagement alongside the Angolan and Serbian Armed Forces, the Ohio National Guard is gaining real-world experience and training on tropical diseases while also providing valuable coaching and mentorship on disease management and containment. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn)
11 photos: Historic PAMBALA 2017 draws to a close in Angola
Photo 9 of 11: A child waits with her family outside one of the field hospital clinics in the village of Ceramica during the PAMBALA 2017 exercise Dec. 13, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola. By participating in this trilateral medical engagement alongside the Angolan and Serbian Armed Forces, the Ohio National Guard is gaining real-world experience and training on tropical diseases while also providing valuable coaching and mentorship on disease management and containment. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn) Download full-resolution version
Ohio Air National Guard members Capt. Sarah Woodson (from left), Maj. Adam Bihl and Senior Airman Hannah Halcomb play with children in the village of Ceramica and show some state pride by forming the “O-H-I-O”  the PAMBALA 2017 exercise Dec. 13, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola, Dec. By participating in this trilateral medical engagement alongside the Angolan and Serbian Armed Forces, the Ohio National Guard is gaining real-world experience and training on tropical diseases while also providing valuable coaching and mentorship on disease management and containment. This engagement is the first of its kind to take place in the Republic of Angola and is part of a trilateral agreement between Angola, Serbia and the U.S. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn)
11 photos: Historic PAMBALA 2017 draws to a close in Angola
Photo 10 of 11: Ohio Air National Guard members Capt. Sarah Woodson (from left), Maj. Adam Bihl and Senior Airman Hannah Halcomb play with children in the village of Ceramica and show some state pride by forming the “O-H-I-O” the PAMBALA 2017 exercise Dec. 13, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola, Dec. By participating in this trilateral medical engagement alongside the Angolan and Serbian Armed Forces, the Ohio National Guard is gaining real-world experience and training on tropical diseases while also providing valuable coaching and mentorship on disease management and containment. This engagement is the first of its kind to take place in the Republic of Angola and is part of a trilateral agreement between Angola, Serbia and the U.S. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn) Download full-resolution version
Staff Sgt. Ashley Maldonado (from left), Senior Airman Hannah Halcomb and Capt. Sarah Woodson from the Ohio National Guard pass out snacks to children in the village of Ceramica during the PAMBALA 2017 exercise Dec. 13, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola. By participating in this trilateral medical engagement alongside the Angolan and Serbian Armed Forces, the Ohio National Guard is gaining real-world experience and training on tropical diseases while also providing valuable coaching and mentorship on disease management and containment. Ohio has been paired with the Republic of Serbia since 2006 through the National Guard State Partnership Program. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn)
11 photos: Historic PAMBALA 2017 draws to a close in Angola
Photo 11 of 11: Staff Sgt. Ashley Maldonado (from left), Senior Airman Hannah Halcomb and Capt. Sarah Woodson from the Ohio National Guard pass out snacks to children in the village of Ceramica during the PAMBALA 2017 exercise Dec. 13, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola. By participating in this trilateral medical engagement alongside the Angolan and Serbian Armed Forces, the Ohio National Guard is gaining real-world experience and training on tropical diseases while also providing valuable coaching and mentorship on disease management and containment. Ohio has been paired with the Republic of Serbia since 2006 through the National Guard State Partnership Program. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn) Download full-resolution version
Representatives of several countries from all over the world, including the Ivory Coast, Portugal and  Hungary, attend the closing ceremony and VIP day for the PAMBALA 2017 exercise Dec. 14, 2017, Bengo Province, Angola. During the closing ceremony, members of both the Serbian Armed Forces and the Ohio National Guard exchanged flags with their host nation, Angola, and remarks were given by representatives of each participating country on the success of the first-ever trilateral engagement. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn)
Col. Kevin Edwards, an Ohio Army National Guard nurse practitioner, accepts the U.S. flag during of the exchanging of flags at the VIP day and closing ceremony for PAMBALA 2017, Dec. 14, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola. Personnel from the Serbian Armed Forces and the Ohio National Guard exchanged flags with their host nation, the Republic of Angola, and remarks were given by representatives of each participating country on the success of the first-ever trilateral engagement. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn)
Lt. Col. Jill McLoughlin, a preventative medicine officer with the Ohio Army National Guard, represents the U.S. in the exchanging of flags during the closing ceremony for the PAMBALA 2017 exercise Dec. 14, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola. Personnel from the Serbian Armed Forces and the Ohio National Guard exchanged flags with their host nation, the Republic of Angola, and remarks were given by representatives of each participating country on the success of the first-ever engagement. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn)
Representatives of several countries from all over the world, including the Ivory Coast, Portugal and  Hungary, attend the closing ceremony and VIP day for the PAMBALA 2017 exercise Dec. 14, 2017, Bengo Province, Angola. During the closing ceremony, members of both the Serbian Armed Forces and the Ohio National Guard exchanged flags with their host nation, Angola, and remarks were given by representatives of each participating country on the success of the first-ever trilateral engagement. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn)
Col. Thomas Sodeman, commander of the Ohio National Guard forces for PAMBALA 2017, gives his remarks during the closing ceremony and VIP day for the PAMBALA 2017 exercise Dec. 14, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola. Highlights of the event included a demonstration of an infectious disease crisis response by the Angolan police and firefighting units, the Angolan Armed Forces and some of the Serbian and Ohio National Guard personnel. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn
Members of the Angolan police forces demonstrate a response to a riot situation during a simulated epidemic infectious disease outbreak during the VIP day and closing ceremony for PAMBALA 2017, Dec. 14, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola. Highlights of the event included a demonstration of an infectious disease crisis response by the Angolan police and firefighting units, the Angolan Armed Forces and some of the Serbian and Ohio National Guard personnel. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn)
Master Sgt. Christopher Ice (right) of the Ohio Air National Guard and a member of the Serbian Armed Forces (center) take part in a demonstration of a simulated epidemic infectious disease outbreak during the VIP day and closing ceremony for PAMBALA 2017, Dec. 14, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola. Highlights of the event included a demonstration of an infectious disease crisis response by the Angolan police and firefighting units, the Angolan Armed Forces and some of the Serbian and Ohio National Guard personnel. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn)
Ohio Air National Guard Capt. Sarah Woodson (left) and Ohio Army National Guard Capt. Amanda Harder (right) celebrate with members of the Angolan Armed Forces at the conclusion of the demonstration of the response to a simulated epidemic infectious disease outbreak during the PAMBALA 2017 VIP day and closing ceremony, Dec. 14, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola. Highlights of the event included a demonstration of an infectious disease crisis response by the Angolan police and firefighting units, the Angolan Armed Forces and some of the Serbian and Ohio National Guard personnel. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn)
A child waits with her family outside one of the field hospital clinics in the village of Ceramica during the PAMBALA 2017 exercise Dec. 13, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola. By participating in this trilateral medical engagement alongside the Angolan and Serbian Armed Forces, the Ohio National Guard is gaining real-world experience and training on tropical diseases while also providing valuable coaching and mentorship on disease management and containment. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn)
Ohio Air National Guard members Capt. Sarah Woodson (from left), Maj. Adam Bihl and Senior Airman Hannah Halcomb play with children in the village of Ceramica and show some state pride by forming the “O-H-I-O”  the PAMBALA 2017 exercise Dec. 13, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola, Dec. By participating in this trilateral medical engagement alongside the Angolan and Serbian Armed Forces, the Ohio National Guard is gaining real-world experience and training on tropical diseases while also providing valuable coaching and mentorship on disease management and containment. This engagement is the first of its kind to take place in the Republic of Angola and is part of a trilateral agreement between Angola, Serbia and the U.S. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn)
Staff Sgt. Ashley Maldonado (from left), Senior Airman Hannah Halcomb and Capt. Sarah Woodson from the Ohio National Guard pass out snacks to children in the village of Ceramica during the PAMBALA 2017 exercise Dec. 13, 2017, in Bengo Province, Angola. By participating in this trilateral medical engagement alongside the Angolan and Serbian Armed Forces, the Ohio National Guard is gaining real-world experience and training on tropical diseases while also providing valuable coaching and mentorship on disease management and containment. Ohio has been paired with the Republic of Serbia since 2006 through the National Guard State Partnership Program. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn)

BENGO PROVINCE, Angola - During the U.S. Africa Command sponsored PAMBALA 2017 exercise closing ceremony and VIP day, senior military leaders from Serbia and the United States exchanged flags with the host nation, the Republic of Angola, as a sign of the gratitude for the hospitality and friendships created with the Angolan Armed Forces over the two-week event.

“It was a great honor and a pleasure for the Angolan Armed Forces to receive the responsibility to prepare this exercise in order to exchange experiences with the other armed forces here,” said Angolan Armed Forces Gen. José Luís Caetano Higino de Sousa, deputy general chief of staff for the operational and development area.

About 80 military personnel from the Republic of Angola, Serbia and the United States participated in the historic medical engagement aimed at sharing best medical practices, creating a greater dialogue between the nations and learning from one another to enhance interoperability.

Highlights of the VIP day and closing ceremony included special remarks by representatives of the three nations and a demonstration of the response to a simulated infectious disease crisis by the Angolan police and firefighting units, the Angolan Armed Forces and some Serbian and Ohio National Guard personnel. In addition, military personnel from a variety of nations across the globe attended, including Hungary, which also had four military observers participate in the engagement. Hungary has been partnered with the Ohio National Guard since 1993 through the National Guard State Partnership program; Serbia has been partnered with Ohio through the SPP since 2006.

“I’m very proud to be here today and be a part of PAMBALA 2017,” said Col. Miroslav Broic of the Serbian Armed Forces. “During this medical engagement, we made new friendships and we exchanged our experience and our knowledge, so we can do good things for our people.”

The capstone of the day’s events was a demonstration by representatives of the host country’s police, firefighting and military entities. Participants simulated a massive infectious disease outbreak as well as a simulated response and containment plan for the epidemic. Participants demonstrated the outbreak of an infectious disease, the panic of a local population and the response by police, fire and military personnel to control the situation and respond to the medical crisis.

“This VIP Day represents the successful completion of a first-of-a-kind exercise that combined the medical knowledge and experience of medical professionals from Angola, Serbia and the United States,” said Col. Thomas Sodeman, commander of the Ohio National Guard forces participating in PAMBALA 2017. “In combining our efforts, we have shared and gained valuable knowledge on preventing, identifying and responding to endemic and tropical diseases, and mentored our counterparts providing medical services to men, women and children in Vale do Paraiso, Ceramica and Caxito.”

PAMBALA 2017 is the first time the U.S. has been invited to participate in an engagement in the Republic of Angola, and was made possible through the Ohio National Guard’s 11-year State Partnership Program with the Republic of Serbia, with funding assistance from U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command. The mutually beneficial combined medical engagement was organized into two phases — educational courses on infectious and hemorrhagic disease and a multi-day field hospital in the villages of Vale do Paraiso and Ceramica, located in Angola’s Bengo Province.

The Ohio National Guard hopes to continue building on the relationships made during PAMBALA 2017, to partner with the other countries again, forge new friendships and fortify old ones.

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