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TARAWA, Kiribati (June 5, 2015) U.S. Army Col. Anthony Thomas examines a patient at the Betio Hospital in Tarawa, Kiribati. Tooth extractions, dental restorations and endodontic treatments are some of the many professional knowledge exchanges that are taking place during this year’s Pacific Partnership mission. Now in its 10th iteration, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region. While training for crisis conditions, Pacific Partnership missions have provided medical care to approximately 270,000 patients and veterinary services to more than 38,000 animals. Additionally, Pacific Partnership has provided critical infrastructure development to host nations through the completion of more than 180 engineering projects. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jonathan R. Kulp/Released)

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Taken on June 5, 2015