Land Forces Assure Stability, Security in the Pacific 


Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski speaks at LANPAC symposium

The U.S. Army Pacific helped jump start the inaugural 2013 Association of the United States Army Institute of Land Warfare Land Power in the Pacific Symposium and Exposition April 9 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in downtown Honolulu. 

Land Power in the Pacific, or LANPAC, held April 9-11, brings together representatives from more than 32 countries and highlights the role of land forces in the Asia-Pacific theater during peacetime and war.

Key leaders from the U.S. Pacific Command and AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare teamed with U.S. Army Pacific, or USARPAC, to make this professional development forum possible. 

Some of the panel themes are:

Information warfare and cyber activities
Leveraging training with technology
Partnerships with nongovernmental organizations
Humanitarian assistance and disaster response

Lt. Gen. Francis J. Wiercinski, commanding general of USARPAC, spoke on the first day and highlighted the importance of regional alliances, security and peace during his remarks.

"The way that the Army is focused in the Pacific [area of responsibility], I feel it every single day. That focus will foster positive engagement peace and security," Wiercinski said. 

Adding, "The Pacific Ocean does not separate the United States from Asia; it connects us. We are intrinsically linked by our economies, our cultures; by our shared interests and by our shared security challenges.”

He noted, “Our strategy is long term, committed and resourced. Together, we are going to continue to build a mantle of success in peace and stability across this critical part of the world."

For a live feed of LANPAC and for more information, visit (This is article based on a story by Sgt. 1st Class Maurice Smith.)