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A photo exhibition in the Solomon Island by SafeGround is highlighting the current situation of UXO on the islands and the impacts it has on the community. Golden West continuies to support the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force(RSIPF) as they locate and clear ordnance around the islands with funding from the Office of Weapons Removal & Abatement, US State Department.

After the stockpile management refresher course held in January 2015, the Golden West Project Manager for Physical Security & Stockpile Management (PSSM) & his counterpart from the Ministry of National Defence paid visits to units around Cambodia to follow-up on the principles of safe ammunition storage practices that were taught during the weeklong course. During his travels to the provinces, including Battambang, Preah Vihear and Ream, the management team met with members of the Army, Navy and Air Force and toured their munition storage facilities. The goal of these visits was to assess the implementation of PSSM best practices so far, and advise on further improvements. During these visits Mr. Moroney (GWHF PM) & Lt Gen Son Kimsorn presented several of the munition storage facilities with much needed fire extinguishers donated through the US State Department PM/WRA grant. RCAF plays a critical part in supplying unusable munitions to the Golden West Explosive Harvesting Program which has to date produced over 360,000 humanitarian demining charges which have been used across Cambodia.

A select number of Ammunition Specialists from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) attended a one week long Ammunition Management refresher course at the Golden West Advanced Technology Training Centre (ATTC) in Kampong Chnnang, Cambodia.

As part of the USDoS PM/WRA funded project; the students received concise lessons on Ammunition Management best practices in line with the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG). With subjects ranging from safe storage principles, to ammunition accounting, transportation and inspection of ammunition; the students are able to return back to their places of work and begin putting in place the activities that are required to allow them to store their ammunition with greater security and safety. In turn these activities will decrease the risk of an accidental explosion that would have serious humanitarian effects.

The RCAF are essential partners in providing unserviceable and aged ammunition to the Explosive Harvesting Program (EHP) which provides demolition charges through its innovative explosives supply solution that helps saves lives and cuts costs normally associated with humanitarian demining.

5 January, 2015

Professor Garrett Clayton, Villanova University College of Engineering, and a group of senior mechanical engineering students travelled to Cambodia to conduct field trials of the prototype Low-Cost EOD Response Robot. This robot was developed in cooperation with the Golden West Design Lab (Phnom Penh) in a program funded by the U.S. Department of State, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA).  The Engineering Education Partnership (EEP) is an initiative funded by PM/WRA with the dual goals of providing contextual STEM educational opportunities to U.S. engineering students and exposing the field of humanitarian explosive ordnance remediation to fresh new ideas.

Arriving in early January 2015, this was the third year that Prof. Clayton’s students have tested a prototype robot at Golden West’s Applied Technology and Training Center (Kampong Chhnang province). After successful field tests, the team determined the robotic platform was ready to undergo redesign for production.  It is expected that the Low-Cost EOD Robot will be available for purchase in Q2, 2016 and will sell for under $10,000 USD.

On the 2nd of December Lee Moroney, Project Manager at Golden West Humanitarian Foundation and Lieutenant General Son Kimsorn, of General Department Of Materials And Technical of Ministry Of National Defence, organised a seminar on Arms Control and Disarmament in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In attendance were over 25 senior officers from the Cambodian Military and Police forces. After a welcome address from General Chau Phirun, Lieutenant General Son Kimsorn gave a brief history of the last 30 years of arms control within Cambodia. Lee Moroney followed with briefings on global initiatives for arms control and disarmament followed by a case study regarding the success achieved with arms control in the Balkans (RACVIAC & RASR).

The afternoon began with a presentation from H.E. Chan Rotha, Deputy Secretary General of the Cambodian Mind Action and Victim Authority (CMAA) on Cambodia’s involvement in the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty (APMBT). Mr. Fred Lubang from Non-Violence International South-east Asia spoke on the basic principles of International Humanitarian Law regarding munitions and provided an introduction to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). The day was concluded with Lee Moroney explaining best practices in Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM). The conference was the first of its kind as collaboration between civil society and the Cambodian Military, and provided a forum to discuss potential improvements to Cambodian PSSM efforts and further enhanced the understanding of senior decision makers on “disarmament as humanitarian action”.