President David W. Panuelo Receives U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General Lewis A. Craparotta, Extends Appreciation to U.S. for Enduring Partnership & Security Commitments


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President David W. Panuelo Receives U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General Lewis A. Craparotta, Extends Appreciation to U.S. for Enduring Partnership & Security Commitments

PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On June 18th, 2019, His Excellency David W. Panuelo received the Commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, Lieutenant General Lewis A. Craparotta, in a courtesy call. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a renewed strengthening of FSM-U.S. relations as it pertains to regional security and defense, including the increase in operational joint exercises, and U.S. assistance and presence, to include a military attaché to the U.S. Embassy in the FSM.

President Panuelo relayed to Lieutenant General Craparotta and His Excellency Robert A. Riley III, U.S. Ambassador to the FSM, his recognition and appreciation for the addition of a defense attaché function within the U.S. Embassy to the FSM.

President Panuelo also acknowledged and was appreciative of the United States’ efforts to increase its presence in the region and expressed his support for more U.S. Department of Defense engagement, and expressed interest in learning about these activities.

“Koa Moana is one effort,” said Lieutenant General Craparotta, who, in conjunction with Ambassador Riley, spoke about additional friendship and assistance programs, such as Pacific Partnership, and regional security programs.

While citizens of the FSM are familiar with recruiters from the U.S. Army visiting schools and communities, recruitment into the U.S. Marine Corps has frequently required travel outside of the FSM. Lieutenant General Craparotta noted this gap, and advised that the U.S. Marine Corps will look into how it can begin recruitment programs in the FSM.

“Our young men and women are so excited about joining the services,” said President Panuelo. “I’m sure you’ll see a lot of young men and women coming on board.”

The FSM has the highest per capita enlistment rate into the U.S. Military of anywhere in the world, including every U.S. State.

“As your close ally, you can always count on your partner: the Federated States of Micronesia,” affirmed President Panuelo.

The FSM is dedicated towards producing positive and peaceful relationships with all countries and peoples throughout the world. The relationship between the FSM and the U.S.A. is particularly special, and it’s the hope and goal of the FSM National Government that the enduring partnership between our two countries shines ever brighter with each passing day.


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