Pacific Partnership aims to provide humanitarian aid
May 27, 2011
Tony Tolley is an Air Force Tech Sergeant who is now taking photos for Pacific Partnership, a humanitarian assistance initiative, according to a new report from Deference Video and Imagery Distribution System Hub.
"I feel proud to document this mission as a photographer," said Tolley. "As a member of the U.S. Air Force it’s not common to be deployed on a Navy ship but I volunteered for this mission because it was something exciting and different."
The Pacific Partnership is on a mission to promote communication and lasting relationships between the nations of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Such partnerships would come in handy if there were ever any natural disasters or other emergencies requiring cooperation.
For example, when Indonesia and other countries were hit by the 2004 tsunami, Pacific Partnership began its work. From 2006 until now, the organization has taken care of more than 150,000 people in 15 different countries. Australia, New Zealand and Japan all take part in supporting Pacific Partnership, which according to its official website "is designed to strengthen alliances, improve U.S. and partner capacity to deliver humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and improve security cooperation among partner nations."