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Vietnamese delegation tours base in Warrenton

Petty Officer Stu Esham demonstrates rescue equipment to visiting Vietnamese dignitaries and Oregon National Guard members during a tour of Air Station Astoria this month. (John Hughel/Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Emergency responders from Vietnam toured several of the state’s emergency operations centers late last week, including the U.S. Coast Guard air station in Warrenton.

The visitors were part of a delegation from Vietnam’s National Committee for Search and Rescue and were hosted by the Oregon National Guard.

The visit included discussions on the relationship between the Vietnamese and the Oregon National Guard, each acting as their country’s primary emergency managers. The visit also reaffirmed their commitment to an enduring and constructive partnership.

The two groups formed a partnership in September 2011 with a binding agreement to work together, according to the Oregon Military Department.

The mission is to advance defense cooperation. The relationship recognizes that building and maintaining capabilities as emergency managers in times of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief benefits all countries and promotes stability, prosperity and domestic resiliency in the entire region, according to the military department.

The state partnership complements broader U.S. engagement with Vietnam in pursuit of shared priorities such as disaster relief, education, health, trade and the environment.

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