General information and the meeting progress in the framework of Indo-Pacific Armies.
The long-term objective of IPACC/IPAMS is to promote peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region through mutual understanding, dialogue, and friendship. Both conferences have been preeminent signature events for security cooperation by bringing together dozens of nations in the hopes of creating new avenues for bilateral and multilateral cooperation, and enabling dialogue about the most pressing security challenges in one of the globe’s most volatile regions.
The biennial Indo-Pacific Army Chiefs Conference (IPACC), now in its 11th iteration, brings together the most senior land power commanders to establish and foster personal relationships while addressing mutual interests and challenges in the region. It is co-hosted by the United States Chief of Staff of the Army.
The Indo-Pacific Armies Management Seminar (IPAMS) is the region’s longest running and most successful military seminar series, having expanded dramatically from the original 9 nations attending PAMS I in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1977, to an all-time high of 31 nations present for PAMS 41 in Seoul, South Korea in 2017. In 2018, the conference was co-hosted by Vietnam in the city of Hanoi.
In 2014, a separate forum was added affording senior enlisted leaders and warrant officers the opportunity to meet for open dialogue, share lessons learned, build and maintain relationships, and provide understanding for what each army can and cannot provide during crisis situations.
Thailand was honored to be the co-host organizing this event. It is a very pleased because it expressed the trust of eco – friendly with Thailand. Furthermore, it is an accordance with the policy of the Minister of Defense that requires Thai army to maintain military relations and cooperation with neighboring countries, ASEAN countries, friendly countries and international organization, both bilateral and multilateral to promote the security environment organizing, build confidence, stabilize and peace together, by giving priority to the national defense and reducing conflicts with neighboring countries, including creating a good image of the country towards the international, the initiative and more extensive military cooperation development, as well as maintaining a balance of relations with countries playing an important role in the region, comprising support the implementation of the ASEAN Community, especially the political and security communities.
The globe depicts strength and connectivity of all land forces in the region. The war elephant wrapping his trunk around the globe defines protection and therefore sustainable security. The sheaf of rice symbolizes unity. Blue, red and white are the main colors of U.S. and Thailand national flags. Gold represents prosperity.
Born and raised in a military family, General Apirat Kongsompong attended Saint Gabriel’s College before beginning his military career by joining the Armed Forces Academy Preparatory School, class of 20. After graduation, he attended the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, where he obtained the Bachelor of Science.
General Apirat went through various military education and training courses and developed different sets of military skills and expertise, including Airborne and Ranger courses. As a proud member of the infantry corps, General Apirat has also undergone the Infantry Officer Basic Course in Thailand before furthering his training during the Infantry Officer Advance Course at Fort Benning in Georgia, the United States and the AH-1H (Cobra) Pilot Training at Fort Rucker in Alabama, the United States. Later on, General Apirat also attended the Command and General Staff Course, Joint Staff Course, and earned a diploma from the National Defence College Course. He also attended the Combined / Joint Force Land Component Commander’s Course at Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania, the United States.
After completing his study, General Apirat began his career at the Royal Thai Army Aviation Centre. He has also been assigned to various notable commanding position, including Commander of 2nd Infantry Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, King’s Guard, Executive Officer of 11th Infantry Regiment, King’s Guard, Deputy Commanding General of 1st Division, King’s Guard, Commanding General of 11th Infantry Division, Commanding General, 15th Military Circle, Commanding General of 1st Division, King’s Guard, 1st Corps Commander, 1st Corps, Commanding General of 1st Army Area. His outstanding talent and excellent command has resulted in his promotion to Assistant Commander-in-Chief of Royal Thai Army.
General Apirat Kongsompong assumed his current position as Commander-in-Chief of Royal Thai Army, on 1st October 2018.
General Apirat is married to Associate Professor Doctor Kritika Kongsompong and blessed with 1 son and 1 daughter.
Gen. James C. McConville 40th Chief of Staff of the Army
Gen. James C. McConville assumed duties as the 40th chief of staff of the U.S. Army, Aug. 9, 2019, after most recently serving as the 36th Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army.
He is a native of Quincy, Massachusetts, and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. He holds a Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and was a National Security Fellow at Harvard University in 2002.
McConville’s command assignments include commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), where he also served as the commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-101, Operation Enduring Freedom; deputy commanding general (Support) of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), where he also served as the deputy commanding general (Support) of Combined Joint Task Force-101, Operation Enduring Freedom, commander of 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Operation Iraqi Freedom; commander of 2nd Squadron, 17th Calvary Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); and commander of C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division (Light).
His key staff assignments include the U.S. Army deputy chief of staff, G-1; chief of Legislative Liaison; executive officer to the vice chief of staff of the Army; G-3 for 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); J5 strategic planner for U.S. Special Operations Command; S-3 for 25th Combat Aviation Brigade; S-3 for 5th Squadron, 9th Cavalry; and S-3 for Flight Concepts Division.
McConville is a senior Army aviator, qualified in the AH-64D Longbow Apache, OH-58 Kiowa Warrior, AH-6, AH-1 Cobra and other aircraft. His awards and decorations include two Distinguished Service Medals, three Legions of Merit, three Bronze Star Medals, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Air Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, the Combat Action Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Master Army Aviator Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
McConville and his wife, Maria, have three children serving in the military.
BIOGRAPHY Robert B. Brown GENERAL Commanding General
General Robert B. Brown assumed command of the United States Army’s largest Service Component command, U.S. Army Pacific(USARPAC), April 30, 2016. The command is headquartered at Fort Shafter, Hawaii with portions of the command- forward deployed and based throughout the Indo-Pacific. USARPAC’s 106,000 Active, Reserve Soldiers and Department of the Army Civilians support the nation’s strategic objectives and commitment to the region.
Prior to this assumption of command, General Brown most recently served as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he led the synchronization of education; leader development; training support & development; and the development and integration of the doctrine the U.S. Army uses to fight and win our Nation’s wars.
During various times during his service, General Brown has served twelve years with units focused on the Indo-Asia Pacific region, including Commanding General, I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord; Deputy Commanding General of the 25th Infantry Division including a second deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom; Training & Exercises Director J7, United States Pacific Command (USPACOM); Executive Assistant to the Pacific Command Commander; Plans Officer, United States Army Pacific (USARPAC); and Commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team (Stryker), 25th Infantry Division including a deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
General Brown was commissioned a second lieutenant of Infantry from the United States Military Academy in May 1981, and has served in many leadership positions from platoon to Corps, including as Platoon Leader and Company Commander in mechanized infantry units at Fort Carson, Colorado; Battalion Commander of 2-5 Cavalry, a mechanized infantry battalion at Fort Hood, Texas including a deployment to Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of OPERATION JOINT FORGE; and Commanding General of the Maneuver Center of Excellence (Infantry and Armor Forces) and Fort Benning, Georgia.
General Brown has also served in numerous staff positions including: Assistant Professor of Military Science and Deputy Director, Center of Enhanced Performance, United States Military Academy; Plans Officer at USARPAC; Operations Officer, Executive Officer and Chief, G-3 Training in the 25th Infantry Division including a deployment in support of OPERATION UPHOLD DEMOCRACY in Haiti; Personnel Assignment Officer in Human Resources Command; Aide-de-Camp/Assistant Executive Officer to the Vice Chief of Staff, Army; Plans Officer in the Department of the Army G-3/5/7; a Program Analyst in the Dominant Maneuver Assessment Division, Joint Staff (J8); Executive Assistant to the U.S. Pacific Command Commander and Director, J-7 (Training and Exercises) at USPACOM; and Chief of Staff United States Army Europe (USAREUR) / Deputy Commanding General U.S. Army NATO.
His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters) and the Army Achievement Medal. He has earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
General Brown holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Education from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Science in National Security and Strategic Studies (Distinguished Graduate) from National Defense University.
BIOGRAPHY Benjamin Jones Command Sergeant Major
Command Sergeant Major Jones enlisted in the United States Army in September 1987 and attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he trained as an infantryman. CSM Jones has served in every position from rifleman to Command Sergeant Major. His assignments include: three assignments with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky; one tour with the 2-4 Infantry, Germany; one assignment with the Ranger Training Brigade, Fort Benning, Georgia; U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas; two assignments with the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) at Fort Drum, New York; one assignment with the 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas and one assignment as the Division Command Sergeant Major for the 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks and U.S. Army Hawaii. He most recently served as the Command Sergeant Major for the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
CSM Jones’ military and civilian education includes all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System, and the USASMA (Class 56). CSM Jones is a graduate of the First Sergeant Course, as well as Basic Airborne School, Air Assault School, Combat Lifesaver Course, Jungle Operations Training Course, Military Driving Course, Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense Officer/NCO Operations Course, Pre-Ranger Course, U.S. Army Ranger School, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Program Course, Rappel Master Course, Fast Rope Master Course, Instructor Training Course, Tactics Certification Course, Pathfinder Course and Jumpmaster Course, Battalion and Brigade Pre-Command Course, CSM Force Management Course, CSM/SGM Legal Orientation Course, Keystone- Command Senior Enlisted Leader Course, and Army Strategic Leadership Development Program- Intermediate and Advanced Course, and the General Officer Senior Mission Commander Course. CSM Jones has earned an Associate’s degree with Honors from Excelsior College in Applied Science and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree.
CSM Jones’ military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal with C Device, Legion of Merit (3 Bronze OLC), Bronze Star Medal (2 Bronze OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3 Bronze OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 Bronze OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 Sliver and 3 Bronze OLC), Good Conduct Medal (10th award), National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with Arrow Head device and two Bronze Stars, Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with one Silver Star, Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon 5th numeral, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon 5th award, NATO Medal with Bronze Star, Multinational Force and Observers Medal, Saudi Arabian Medal for the Liberation of Kuwait with device, Kuwaiti Medal for the Liberation of Kuwait, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Valorous Unit Award (1 Bronze OLC), Army Meritorious Unit Commendation (1 Bronze OLC), Army Superior Unit Award, Ranger Tab, Expert Infantryman Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge (2nd Award), Basic, Senior, and Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, German Schutzenschnur Badge Bronze, German Leistungsabzeichen Badge Bronze, Honduran Parachutist Badge, Chilean Parachutist Badge, Spanish Parachutist Badge, and Canadian Parachutist Badge.
CSM Jones is a recipient of the Order of Saint Maurice (Centurion) Medal, Bronze de-Fleury Medal, Saint Barbara Medal, Noble Patron of Armor Award, and has been inducted as a Distinguished and Honorary member of the 502nd Infantry Regiment. CSM Jones is a recipient of the Sergeant Audie Murphy medallion and most recently, the Honorable Order of Saint Michael (Bronze Award).
CSM Jones is married and together they have three children. BIOGRAPHY Benjamin Jones Command Sergeant Major