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News Release
Oregon hosts 13th annual U.S. -- China Disaster Management Exchange - 11/14/17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 14, 2017

WHO: Soldiers from U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), Oregon National Guard and the People's Republic of China (PRC) People's Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theater Command.

WHAT: U.S. and PLA Soldiers will participate in a Disaster Management Exchange (DME) in Portland and Camp Rilea, Oregon, from Nov. 13-19 2017. This is the 13th iteration of this exchange between the PLA and USARPAC. The DME is designed to maximize hands-on, side-by-side interaction with the PLA on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) operations and enable sharing of real world lessons learned. The DME consists of an expert academic discussion (EAD), a table-top exchange (TTE) and a practical field exchange (PFE).

WHERE: Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center, 33168 Patriot Way, Warrenton, OR, 97146 (Meeting at front gate).

MEDIA DAY: 18 November 2017
Media link up time is 8:00 a.m. at the front gate to Camp Rilea. Media will be credentialed onsite and transported by bus to the training sites and returned to their vehicles. Bus departs at 8:30 a.m., time is 45 minutes at each site, and returns journalists to their vehicles at 11:00 a.m. Training sites are all outside, so please come prepared in case of rain. Media invited are limited to no more than two personnel.

Media Day visit includes an opportunity for photos, b-roll and interviews with Soldier participants at two sites of the event's PFE. U.S. and PLA Soldiers will be working together through a Multinational Coordination Center as part of their scenario response to a simulated flood disaster in which both armies have been requested to support an impacted third nation.

CLOSING CEREMONY AND PRESS CONFERENCE: 19 November 2017
Media link up time is 10:15 a.m. at the front gate to Camp Rilea. Ceremony and press conference run together from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Closing ceremony includes opportunity for photos, b-roll of the ceremony and participation in the Press Conference featuring U.S. Army Pacific Commanding General, Gen. Robert B. Brown and the People's Liberation Army- Southern Theater Command Commanding General, MG Zhang Jian. No interviews will be provided beyond the press conference.

BACKGROUND:
- Base access is required, so please RSVP by 1:00 p.m. on 17 November 2017.

- Interviews with People's Liberation Army personnel require their concurrence.

- In order to focus on training, no additional media interviews or attendance to the event other than Media Day and Closing Ceremony/Press Conference will be allowed during the execution of the DME per the agreement between the U.S. and PLA coordinators.

- 2017 U.S.-China Disaster Management Exchange participants include: U.S. Army Pacific, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, the Oregon National Guard, the United States Military Academy (USMA), the 351st Civil Affairs Command, the 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB), the 571st Sapper Company, the U.S Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Portland District, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Pacific Disaster Center, an applied research center managed by the University of Hawaii.

- Coverage of the event will be on the following Facebook sites:
- Pacific Resilience
- 8th Theater Sustainment Command
- U.S. Army Pacific

- Products when released will also be on DVIDs https://www.dvidshub.net/ with the tag "US CHINA DME 17"

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