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NPA Vietnam welcomes the US government to operations after two years of COVID delays

NPA was very pleased to recently host a visiting delegation from the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the United States Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/WRA) to Vietnam. From 16 – 25 May 2022, PM/WRA Program Manager Mr Ethan Rinks and PM/WRA Program Advisor Dr Geary Cox were accompanied by senior United States Embassy Vietnam officials on their visit to NPA task sites and field offices in Quang Tri, Quang Binh and Thua Thien Hue provinces.

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Ethan Rinks, PM/WRA Program Manager, shakes hands with team leader Nguyen Thi Hai Van, and expressed his appreciation to the women who conduct the challenging job of explosive ordnance clearance in Quang Tri province.
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Dr Geary Cox, PM/WRA Advisor, (right) and Truong Nguyen, US Embassy Political Specialist, at the sign board commemorating clearance of a path to the top of A Bia hill (colloquially known as Hamburger Hill) in Thua Thien Hue province.
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NTS Surveyor Le Van Bay talks with a group of Van Kieu ethnic minority people in Lia commune, Huong Hoa district. During NTS it is important for teams to gather information from and many people in each village as possible.
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Mr. Ho Tien (left) and his wife were interviewed by NTS surveyor Nguyen Thi Thuy Linh on their cassava farming plot in Long An village of Tan Long commune.
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NPA non-technical survey team member Nguyen Thi Ngoc Nhien interviews a woman residing in Phung Lam village to learn what she knows about cluster munitions and other explosive ordnance in her village.
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Representatives from PM/WRA, the US Embassy, NPA and VNMAC with an NPA clearance team in A Luoi, Thua Thien Hue province.
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Quang Binh Provincial Operations Manager Nguyen Quoc Bao explaining the non-technical survey process to Ethan Rinks, PM/WRA Program Manager, during a task site visit.
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The delegation from the United States Department of State and United States Embassy in Hanoi with senior leaders from the Vietnam National Mine Action Centre. Photo: VNMAC.