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July 17, 2023

U.S. Marines Build Church at Air Transport Wing

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea – At the request of the government of Papua New Guinea, U.S. Marines and Sailors will be in PNG working on enhancing the infrastructure at the Air Transport Wing. U.S. Marines have already begun helping their PNG counterparts build a new church at the Air Transport Wing. Over the next few weeks work will also begin on refurbishing a range for PNGDF to help improve training capabilities for their forces. United States and Papua New Guinea have partnered since 2016 on this capacity training and infrastructure improvement exercise.

Embassy Spokesperson Damian Wampler noted, “USA and PNG have partnered on this program since 2016 at the request of the government of PNG. And as Chargé d’Affaires Joe Zadrozny said at our independence day celebration, ‘As PNG drives forward on the road to progress, the United States is there to support and assist, but as always, Papua New Guinea is in the driver’s seat.’”

Koa Moana is a Hawai’ian phrase meaning “ocean warrior”. The Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau also requested to participate in Task Force Koa Moana as well.

While some members of Task Force Koa Moana arrived in early July, more Marines and Sailors with Task Force Koa Moana 23 arrived last night to Port Moresby. Koa Moana Marines and Sailors are from I Marine Expeditionary Force. By the request of the Papua New Guinea Defense Force, they arrived to help with a number of mutually agreed upon engineering projects and community engagements planned for the summer.

US Marines working on the church new church building at PNGDF Air Transport Wing

 

Photos and videos will be made available for download and use via the Defense Visual Information Distribution System (https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/koamoana23).