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AFP, US teams offer free medical care during Balikatan
By Lance Cpl. Abigail M. Brown

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U.S. Army Capt. James Ham, emergency physician with the 130th Engineer Brigade, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, gets a patient to “open wide” March 31 at a medical civic assistance project held at the Pundakit Elementary School in the Philippines as part of Balikatan 2011. Balikatan is a bilateral annual exercise between the Philippines and the United States. Humanitarian assistance and training activities enable our service members to get to know each other, train together, and provide assistance in communities where the need is the greatest. They improve their ability to operate as one team in joint projects.
PUNDAKIT, ZAMBALES, Philippines -- Medical and dental care was provided March 31 at Pundakit Elementary School as part of Balikatan 2011.

Armed Forces of the Philippines and United States servicemembers teamed together to provide free medical services to the local community.

The joint community assistance project conducted at the school, included medical, dental, optometry and minor surgeries. The combined effort of Filipino and American servicemembers, in cooperation with the local town officials, treated about 1,000 residents of barangay Pundakit.

Standing in line with a smile at the Pundakit Elementary School March 31 during a Balikatan 2011 medical and dental civic assistance project, Rona Carduce looks like any other young mother among the hundreds of local residents of barangay Pundakit seeking medical assistance.

"I want to make sure she gets a checkup and can get all her immunizations and vitamins," said Carduce. "I think this is a very good thing." "My dream for Mika (her daughter) is that she will grow (up) to be a nurse."

Balikatan 2011 is the 27th in a series of combined, joint efforts between the AFP and U.S. servicemembers The goal of these exercises is to build lasting relationships, train together, and provide assistance in communities where the need is greatest.

AFP and U.S. medical personnel took this opportunity to work together, improve their interoperability and demonstrate their commitment to helping the community.                                                                                          

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Philippine Army 2nd Lt. Alma Mae Maquido, civil military operations officer, 24th Infantry Battalion, assess a patient at the triage station at the medical civic assistance project held March 31 at the Pundakit Elementary School, Philippines, as part of Balikatan 2011. Balikatan is a bilateral annual exercise between the Philippines and the United States. Humanitarian assistance and training activities enable servicemembers to get to know each other, train together, and provide assistance in communities where the need is the greatest. They improve their ability to operate as one team in joint projects.
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Philippine Army Pfc. Victor Agcaoili, clerk, 24th Infantry Battalion, Zambales, Philippines, assists U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jacob Nordwall, triage technician, 673rd Medical Group, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardon, Alaska, in handing out preventive dental care March 31 to barangay Pundakit residents at the medical civic assistance project held at the Pundakit Elementary School as part of Balikatan 2011. Balikatan is a bilateral annual exercise between the Philippines and the United States. Humanitarian assistance and training activities enable servicemembers to get to know each other, train together, and provide assistance in communities where the need is the greatest. They improve their ability to operate as one team in joint projects.
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Philippine Army Staff Sgt. Manny Vergara (right), dental technician, assist U.S. Army dentist Lt. Col. Daniel Hash, 807th Medical Command, Fort Douglass, Utah, at the medical civic assistance project held March 31 at the Pundakit Elementary School, Philippines, as part of Balikatan 2011. Balikatan is a bilateral annual exercise between the Philippines and the United States. Humanitarian assistance and training activities enable servicemembers to get to know each other, train together and provide assistance in communities where the need is the greatest. They improve their ability to operate as one team in joint projects.
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Todd Dean, physician assistant, 932nd Medical Squadron, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., examines a patient's ear March 31 during a medical civic assistance project held at the Pundakit Elementary School, Philippines, as part of Balikatan 2011. Balikatan is a bilateral annual exercise between the Philippines and the United States. Humanitarian assistance and training activities enable servicemembers to get to know each other, train together, and provide assistance in communities where the need is the greatest. They improve their ability to operate as one team in joint projects.
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Rona Carduce hugs her daughter Mika while waiting in line during a Balikatan 11 medical civic assistance project held March 31 at Pundakit Elementary School, Philippines, during Balikatan 2011. Balikatan is a bilateral annual exercise between Philippines and the United States armed forces. Humanitarian assistance and training activities enable Philippine and American servicemembers to build lasting relationships, train together, and provide assistance in communities where the need is the greatest. They improve their ability to operate as one team in joint projects.
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Todd Dean, physician assistant, 932nd Medical Squadron, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., examines a patient’s throat during a medical civic assistance project held March 31 at the Pundakit Elementary School, Philippines, as part of Balikatan 2011. Balikatan is a bilateral annual exercise between the Philippine and the United States. Humanitarian assistance and training activities enable servicemembers to get to know each other, train together and provide assistance in communities where the need is the greatest. They improve their ability to operate as one team in joint projects.

 

 
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