2018 To Walk the Earth in Safety: East Asia and Pacific--Regional Support

Report
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

REGIONAL SUPPORT

From 1942 to1945, the U.S. armed forces engaged in an “island hopping” strategy to roll back the Empire of Japan’s territorial holdings in the Pacific Islands. This campaign unfortunately resulted in massive UXO contamination and abandoned munitions caches by all combatants across the region. The Pacific Regional Program was initiated in 2009 to address the legacies of World War II in the region.

In 2017, the Department of State supported work of the following implementing partners:

  • The PM/WRA Quick Reaction Force (QRF), operated by Golden West, deployed to the Federated States of Micronesia to destroy UXO that posed a direct threat to communities on Pohnpei and Yap islands.
  • The Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) provided risk management capacity building with in Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia.