Civic Action Team during a turnover ceremony at the Palau National Gym in 2018. (File Photo/Rhealyn C. Pojas)

The United States Embassy in Palau will host the 50th anniversary celebration of the US Civic Action Team’s (CAT) service to Palau through a free performance by the 7th Fleet Naval Band at the Ngarachamayong Cultural Center on August 15 at 6:30pm.

The band is also scheduled to perform in various public schools such as the Koror Elementary School and Palau High School on August 12, Melekeok and GB Harris Elementary Schools on August 13, and Airai and Meyuns Elemenary Schools on August 14.

A new team headed by 1st Lt. Kirsten Walsh, the CAT Palau 84-06, is also set to take over the helm through a turnover ceremony to be held on August 16. The team will again stay in Palau for six months to provide engineering, medical, and community outreach support to Palau.

The CAT had been involved in many engineering, medical, and community outreach projects in Palau since 1969. After Palau’s independence in 1994, it remains to partner with the United States under the Compact of Free Association (COFA).

“This bilateral agreement reinforces U.S. commitments to improve Palau’s resilience to natural disasters, increase domestic food security and build economic growth through fair and reciprocal trade and investment,” a press statement from the US Indo-Pacific Command.  (By Rhealyn C. Pojas)