Balikatan exercise strengthens U.S.-Philippine relationship

| April 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
U.S. Soldiers with the 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team and Armed Forces of the Philippines, observe as a jungle survivor instructor prepares a meal during exercise Balikatan 2016 (BK16) on Fort Magsayay, Philippines, April 5, 2016. BK16 was an annual bilateral training exercise between the Armed Forces of the U.S. and Philippines forces intended to promote cooperation and contribute to regional stability and security. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Meillettis Patton)

U.S. Soldiers with the 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team and Armed Forces of the Philippines, observe as a jungle survivor instructor prepares a meal during exercise Balikatan 2016 (BK16) on Fort Magsayay, Philippines, April 5, 2016. BK16 was an annual bilateral training exercise between the Armed Forces of the U.S. and Philippines forces intended to promote cooperation and contribute to regional stability and security. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Meillettis Patton)

Terri Moon Cronk
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON — U.S. and Philippines’ armed forces began their 32nd iteration of Exercise Balikatan, April 4, in the Philippines, Defense Press Operations Director Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters, here, April 5.

FORT MAGSAYSAY, Philippines — Soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines guide U.S. Soldiers with the 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team and the 25th Infantry Division through a jungle training area at Fort Magsaysay, April 5, 2016, during a visit with Brig. Gen. Patrick Matlock, the 25th Infantry Division Support, Deputy Commanding General. The jungle training is a demonstration of the training soldiers engage in during Balikatan 2016, an annual bilateral exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. forces, intended to promote cooperation and contribute to regional stability and security. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Meillettis Patton)

FORT MAGSAYSAY, Philippines — Soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines guide U.S. Soldiers with the 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team and the 25th Infantry Division through a jungle training area at Fort Magsaysay, April 5, 2016, during a visit with Brig. Gen. Patrick Matlock, the 25th Infantry Division Support, Deputy Commanding General. The jungle training is a demonstration of the training soldiers engage in during Balikatan 2016, an annual bilateral exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. forces, intended to promote cooperation and contribute to regional stability and security. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Meillettis Patton)

This year’s annual exercise comprises about 5,000 U.S. service members and 3,500 members of the Philippines’ armed forces, in addition to nearly 80 Australian Defence Force personnel and observers from 12 other nations, he said.

“It is the premier bilateral training exercise between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines,” Davis said, adding that the major U.S. military participating units include the 3rd Marine Division, elements of the 3rd Marine Logistics Group and the 1st Marine Air Wing, the Army’s 25th Infantry Division and the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

“The exercise is designed to increase interoperability through combined military operations and strengthen the long-standing relationship between the United States and the Philippines,” Davis said.

It focuses on three simultaneous events through a single scenario across the Philippine islands of Luzon, Palawan and Panay, he added.

This year’s Exercise Balikatan – a Filipino word for “shoulder-to-shoulder” – will focus on disaster relief, crisis response training and humanitarian civic action projects, including dental and veterinary services and engineering civic access.

FORT MAGSAYSAY, Philippines — Soldiers with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. soldiers from 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, demonstrate their methods for preparing food, during jungle survival training, April 5, as part of Exercise Balikatan 2016. Training together will further develop tactics, techniques and procedures that are mutually beneficial ans specific to the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Meillettis Patton)

FORT MAGSAYSAY, Philippines — Soldiers with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. soldiers from 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, demonstrate their methods for preparing food, during jungle survival training, April 5, as part of Exercise Balikatan 2016. Training together will further develop tactics, techniques and procedures that are mutually beneficial ans specific to the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Meillettis Patton)

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