LAE, Papua New Guinea
– Lt. Melinda Garcia is one of five Sailors on loan from amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23. She is serving as the supply officer for Pacific Partnership 2011, and her duties include ensuring supply requirements for the mission are met, which includes more than just working with different branches of the military and civilian non-governmental organizations (NGOs). It also includes working with service members and civilians from other countries, overcoming cultural and language barriers, and maintaining a firm hand with a professional dedication to customer service.
Lt. Garcia is also one of the leading coordinators for many of the mission’s official functions, including flight deck receptions and various host-nation ceremonies, and distribution of charitable donations from NGOs like Project Handclasp. She has integrated seamlessly with the DESRON and Pacific Partnership team, ensuring they can complete their mission without interruption.
Pacific Partnership is a Pacific Fleet sponsored humanitarian assistance initiative designed to improve interoperability between partner nations and host nations. The U.S. Navy is working with all of the uniformed services and representatives from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, France and Spain. The people on the five-month mission have completed missions in Tonga and Vanuatu, are embarking on their mission in Papua New Guinea, and will continue in Timor-Leste and the Federated States of Micronesia.
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