AUSA’s LANPAC Starts May 14

AUSA’s LANPAC Starts May 14

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The commander of Army forces in the Indo-Pacific said partner nations are demonstrating a growing “collective commitment” to securing the region as China continues to flex its adversarial might.

“The unity and collective commitment I’m witnessing is growing, increasing, it’s strengthening,” said Gen. Charles Flynn, commander of U.S. Army Pacific, who will be a keynote speaker at the Association of the U.S. Army’s LANPAC Symposium and Exposition when it begins May 14 in Honolulu.

“Having been out here [in the Indo-Pacific] for eight of the last 11 years going back to 2014,” he said, “I think that the sense of insidious, incremental and irresponsible behavior, and that’s how I frame the way the Chinese are acting out here, has created a bit of a groundswell on the work that we do as teammates.”

Flynn added that the strengthening bonds among partner nations bolsters his view that “they also appreciate a safe, stable and secure region,” he said May 8 in a meeting with reporters. He cited LANPAC as an event that is drawing army chiefs from across the region as well as some who are traveling to Honolulu from NATO countries.

This year’s LANPAC theme is “Campaigning with Landpower.” The three-day event at the Sheraton Waikiki will feature several senior U.S. and partner nation leaders.

To register for LANPAC, click here. This year’s hashtag is #LANPAC2024.

There also is an app for LANPAC. Download it here.

Army updates from the symposium as well as a livestream of each day’s events are available here.

An international symposium dedicated to land forces in the Indo-Pacific, LANPAC is expected to draw military leaders from more than 26 countries, including at least 14 army chiefs.

Keynote presentations and panel discussions will cover topics including creating and maintaining joint interior lines, the evolving role of NCOs in the region, and multidomain operations for the Army, the joint force and industry.

There also will be almost 70 exhibits and a Leadership Forum for a select group of about 120 soldiers conducted by AUSA’s Center for Leadership.

A Commander’s Corner featuring presentations from Army commands in the Indo-Pacific also will be available throughout LANPAC. Units scheduled to speak include 8th Army, the 18th Medical Command, the 1st and 3rd Multi-Domain Task Forces and the 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade.

LANPAC will open on May 14 with Flynn’s keynote, followed by a panel discussion on integrating all domains for the coalition and joint campaign. Panelists include Lt. Gen. Xavier Brunson, commanding general of I Corps; Lt. Gen. David Hodne, director of Army Futures Command’s Futures and Concepts Center; and Marcia Holmes, principal deputy assistant defense secretary for mission capabilities.

In the afternoon, there will be a panel on the evolving role of the NCO in the region, featuring senior enlisted leaders from U.S. Forces Korea, the Marine Corps and the armies of New Zealand, Singapore and Australia.

Brig. Gen. Onisivoro Covunisaqa, commander of the Fiji Military Forces’ Land Force Command, will provide a keynote, and there will be a panel on the adversary approach to multidomain operations.

Navy Adm. Stephen “Web” Koehler, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, opens Day 2 of LANPAC with a keynote address. Flynn will then lead a panel on forward positioning and tactical defense, featuring Gen. Yasunori Morishita, chief of staff of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, Gen. An Su Park, chief of staff of the Republic of Korea Army, and Lt. Gen. Simon Stuart, chief of the Australian Army.

Panelists including Maj. Gen. Brian Eifler, commanding general of the 11th Airborne Division, and Air Force Lt. Gen. David Nahom, commander of Alaskan Command at U.S. Northern Command, will talk about the challenges of operating in the range of environments in the Indo-Pacific.

In the afternoon, Stuart will provide a keynote presentation, followed by a panel discussion on the importance of multinational training and exercises led by Lt. Gen. James Jarrard, deputy commanding general of Army Pacific.

The third and final day of LANPAC will begin with a keynote by Young Bang, principal deputy assistant Army secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology. Maj. Gen. Jered Helwig, commanding general of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, will then lead a discussion on sustainment in competition, crisis and conflict. Mario Diaz, deputy undersecretary of the Army, will later provide a keynote presentation on the Army and multidomain operations.

For more on the agenda or the symposium, click here.