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Explosive ordnance disposal Soldiers and Filipino counterparts share knowledge
FORT MAGSAYSAY, Philippines - U.S. Army explosive ordnance disposal Soldiers and their Filipino counterparts shared knowledge and information on EOD tactics and procedures during Balikatan 2011 in the Philippines April 5-15. Balikatan, which means "shoulder-to-shoulder" in Tagalog, provided American and Filipino service members with the opportunity to learn and train together and to share experience ...More

First in, last out for logistics task force supporting Balikatan 2011
MAKATI, Philippines -- First in, last out. For some, it's a perfect way to sum up the 505th Quartermaster Battalion involvement in exercise Balikatan 2011 since February. That adage is true for servicemembers with Logistics Task Force, Triad Division, whose job has included managing service contracts, movement control and reception center services for all participants of Balikatan 2011. "This (task ...More

USARPAC Contingency Command Post conducts certification exercise
CLARK FIELD, Philippines -- The tip of the spear for U.S. Army Pacific command and control participated in their certification exercise in the Philippines March 24 through April 1. "The CERTEX is a culmination of all individual and collective training that empirically demonstrates the capability of the CCP in an environment that we will operate in," said Col. Chels Chae, USARPAC deputy chief of staff ...More

US, AFP forces close Balikatan 2011 exercise in Philippines
Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, U.S. Army Pacific commander, and Armed Forces of the Philippines Army Rear Adm. Victor Emmanuel Martir, retired the Balikatan 2011 colors during the closing ceremonies April 15 for the bilateral training event at Camp Aguinaldo, Philippines. Wiercinski and Martir were exercise directors for the event. "We have learned a lot from this training," said Martir. "We have tested ...More

Food service specialists join forces to feed troops in Philippines
FORT MAGSAYSAY, Philippines -- Joint service food specialists prepare meals every day for U.S. servicemembers attending exercise Balikatan 2011 April 5-15 in the Philippines. It takes an early morning and about three hours to prepare the food if there are no dilemmas, such as malfunctioning stove burners or other equipment failures, said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Dwane K. Bunbury, senior food operating ...More

US, Philippine forces build classrooms, friendships
TARLAC, PHILIPPINES - Engineers with the U.S. and Philippine armed forces worked April 8 to put finishing touches on classrooms built at the Pedro L. Quines Elementary School during a Balikatan 2011 civic assistance project. Officials said the added classrooms will provide much needed educational space for the growing community. "This area is especially in need of additional schools," said project ...More

US, Philippine servicemembers conduct medical exchange during Balikatan 2011
QUEZON CITY, Philippines -- Members of the United States Army Pacific surgeon's cell and those with the Armed Forces of the Philippines Nurse Corps worked together over five days to exchange the latest medical practices during Balikatan 2011. The focus of the symposium, held April 5-9 at the V Luna Medical Center in Quezon City, Philippines, was to further the relationship between AFP and U.S. medical ...More

Philippine president attends joint military demonstration during Balikatan
President of the Republic of the Philippines Benigno Aquino III and Lt. Gen. Francis J. Wiercinski, U.S. Army Pacific commanding general, attended a joint military demonstration April 13 involving the armed forces of the U.S. and Philippines at Fort Magsaysay, Philippines. The demonstration is part of Balikatan 2011, an annual joint military exercise between the U.S. and the Republic of the Philippines. ...More

2nd ID commander visits Soldiers in Philippines
PAMPANGA, Philippines - Second Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Michael S. Tucker visited troops from the division's 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment participating in Balikatan 2011 in the Republic of the Philippines. The 2nd Infantry Division, based out of South Korea, sent approximately 500 Soldiers from the 4-7th Cavalry in support of the exercise. "We are fired up to have the commanding ...More

US, Philippine forces train military working dogs during Balikatan
CLARK FIELD, Philippines - U.S. servicemembers exchanged K-9 training methods with troops from the Armed Force of the Philippines April 7 during exercise Balikatan 2011, an annual training and humanitarian assistance exercise between the U.S. and Philippines being held April 5-15. Three active-duty Airmen from the 36th Security Forces Squadron, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and three National Guardsmen ...More

Forces find gift of giving humbling during Balikatan
CLARK FIELD, Philippines -- United States servicemembers joined members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines April 8 in making donations to four villages in the Tarlac region of the Philippines as a show of good will during exercise Balikatan 2011. U.S. servicemembers with the help of their AFP counterparts identified six Barangays (villages), that were in need of some support. The U.S. forces collected ...More

US servicemembers teach Combat Life Saver techniques
FORT MAGSAYSAY, Philippines -- Soldiers from the Guam National Guard worked shoulder-to-shoulder with U.S. Navy corpsmen April 8 to teach combat life saver techniques to members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines as a part of Balikatan 2011. The purpose of the training was to help teach the AFP members how to incorporate combat casualty care into their fighting tactics, said U.S. Army Sgt. Joseph ...More

Cobra blood a winning recipe for survival training at Balikatan
FORT MAGSAYSAY, Philippines -- Everyone wanted a taste. As the makeshift cup made its way down the line -- continuously removed from the previous hand by the next excited participant -- it wasn't long before all the liquid was consumed. The blood had run out. Drinking cobra blood it turns out is not only one way of surviving in the jungle, but it is quite popular. U.S. Soldiers and Marines conducted ...More

Joint weapons training at Clark Field
CLARK FIELD, Philippines - U.S. Marines from Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan familiarized members of the Philippine Air Force with weapons in the United States. arsenal on April 7 in support of Exercise Balikatan 2011. More than 40 U.S. Marines from Combat Logistics Battalion 4, Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan trained members of the Philippine Air Force on the use of the M-203 grenade launcher and the Mossberg ...More

Ceremony honors Bataan Death March sufferers and survivors
CAPAS NATIONAL SHRINE, Tarlac, Philippines - Distinguished visitors, servicemembers, veterans and members of the community attended a wreath-laying ceremony April 10 to remember the Bataan Death March and honor World War II veterans from the Philippines, United States. and allied nations. The brutal 60-mile Death March ended here in 1942, where Allied prisoners of war were incarcerated at Camp O'Donnell. ...More

Balikatan participants bring joy to Philippine orphanage
SAN ANTONIO, Zabales, Philippines -- Smiling faces were everywhere and laughter was heard throughout the Shepherd of the Hill Orphanage as troops participating in Balikatan 2011 visited children to hand out clothing and toys during a outreach event at San Antonio. Balikatan is a bilateral humanitarian assistance and military training exercise between the Republic of the Philippines and the United ...More

Dignitaries attend Balikatan 2011 opening ceremony
CAMP EMILIO AGUINALDO, Philippines - U.S. military service members, Armed Forces of the Philippines personnel and distinguished visitors gathered April 5 for the opening ceremony of Exercise Balikatan 2011 at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo. Balikatan is an annual AFP- and U.S.-sponsored joint exercise celebrating its 27th iteration since inception in 1981. Distinguished visitors and representatives ...More

Balikatan 11 Opening Ceremony
CAMP EMILIO AGUINALDO, Philippines -- Servicemembers from the Republic of the Philippines and the U.S. military participated in the Exercise Balikatan 2011 opening ceremony April 5 at Camp Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City, Philippines. This is the 27th exercise in the Balikatan series and serves as an opportunity for bilateral training that is vital to maintaining readiness capabilities for both the ...More

Veterinary support helps local communities during Balikatan 2011
SAN ANTONIO, ZAMBALEZ, Philippines -- Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the U.S. military, the Philippine Department of Agriculture, and local volunteers worked together March 28-29, during a veterinary civic action project in San Antonio. Free veterinary care was provided to improve the health of the local animals, and to assist local residents who depend on their livestock for their ...More

AFP, US teams offer free medical care during Balikatan
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. ...More

US Army Pacific unit goes wireless during exercise
CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines -- The U.S. Army Pacific Contingency Command Post went wireless March 28 during its certification exercise, or CERTEX, at Clark Air Base, Philippines. The Contingency Command Post, or CCP, is conducting its CERTEX before the command post exercise during Balikitan 2011, a bilateral exercise held annually in the Philippines between U.S. and Philippine forces. The CCP consists ...More

Soldier returns home to help others at Balikatan 2011
SAN ANTONIO, ZAMBALES, Philippines -- Born in Bulacan Province, Philippines, and raised on a farm, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Marie Lanoza returned to her homeland in March to participate in Balikatan 2011, a military exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and United States military. Balikatan 2011 marks the 27th anniversary of the annual combined, joint bilateral exercise between the AFP ...More

Balikatan MEDCAP/VETCAP Posters
Posters are distributed promoting future medical/dental/veterinarian civic action programs (MED/DEN/VETCAPs) to be held in the vicinity of Barangay San Miguel, Zambales Province, Philippines. ...More

Satellite Transport Terminal
Soldiers repair a fuel filter for a GENSAY-1984 generator to provide electrical power for ongoing operations in support of Exercise Balikatan 2011. ...More

Medical Supply Delivery
U.S. Marines and Soldiers unload donated medical supplies and equipment during a community relations (COMREL) program at Barangay San Antonio, Zambales Province, Philippines. ...More

Veternary services to local community
Veterinarian civic action program (VETCAP) in Candelaria District, Zambales Province, Republic of the Philippines. ...More

Elementary school groundbreaking ceremony
Groundbreaking ceremony at Pedro L. Quines Elementary School, Tarlac Province, Republic of the Philippines ...More

USARPAC CCP goes to exercise Balikatan 2011
The U.S. Army Pacific Contingency Command Post prepares to leave for the Republic of the Philippines to participate in exercise Balikatan 2011. The goal of the exercises is to maintain military readiness through training and relationship-building between the two countries. The USARPAC CCP is a scalable command post designed to rapidly deploy. ...More

Balikatan to team U.S. Soldiers with Filipino troops
ZAMBALES PROVINCE, Philippines (Army News Service, March 30, 2011) -- Eighth Army will deploy about 500 Soldiers from Korea to the Philippines to participate with about 6,000 U.S. troops in the exercise Balikatan, April 5 - 15. The focus of Balikatan 2011 is combined training with the armed forces of the Philippines to better prepare for humanitarian relief and assistance in the event of natural disasters ...More

Combat camera takes the spotlight during Balikatan 2011
CAMP GENERAL SERVILLANO A. AQUINO, Tarlac, Philippines - Service members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the United States military received training in basic camera operation and graphic design during Balikatan 2011. The 2011 Balikatan exercise is the 27th in a series of combined, joint efforts between the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines of both the Philippines and United States. The ...More

Philippine, US forces team up for medical, dental assistance
CANDELARIA, Philippines - Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines from both the Armed Forces of the Republic of the Philippines and the U.S. military participated in a medical and dental civic action program at Babancal Elementary School in Zambales province March 24 and 25. The medical personnel from both countries were aided by volunteers from local hospitals, medical care organizations and police ...More

AFP, US Balikatan participants build schools and friendships during exercise
ZAMBALES PROVINCE, Philippines - School officials hosted groundbreaking ceremonies to commemorate the construction of new classrooms at Pundakit Integrated School and Angel C. Manglicmot Memorial School March 11. The two schools need additional classroom space because of their increasing student populations. Members of both the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. armed forces are doing the construction ...More

Philippine, US forces collaborate to build classrooms for elementary school
CANDELARIA, Zambales, Philippines - Soldiers from the United States and Republic of the Philippines Army are teaming up to add new classrooms to Taposo Elementary School in Zambales Province. The official Taposo Elementary School groundbreaking took place on March 10 and construction is expected to last about a month. Taposo Elementary is one of five schools in the region where U.S. military and Armed ...More

Eighth Army unit to deploy to Philippines for exercise
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea -- Eighth Army will deploy approximately 500 Soldiers to the Republic of the Philippines to participate in exercise Balikatan, April 5 - 15. Members of the 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division will join approximately 6,000 U.S. servicemembers during the exercise. The focus of Balikatan 2011 is combined training with the armed forces of the Philippines ...More

Engineer Company build walls for elementary school classrooms
U.S. Army Soldiers from the 643rd Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command construct an additional classroom at Angel C. Manglicmot Memorial Elementary School, Zambales Province, Republic of the Philippines, March 14 during Balikatan 2011. ...More

Pundakit Integrated School ground breaking and classroom construction
The Pundakit Integrated school poses for the groundbreaking ceremony and construction of the schools, during exercise Balikatan in San Antonio, Zambales, Philippines on March 11, 2011. ...More

Groundbreaking ceremony for Pundakit Integrated School
Groundbreaking ceremony for Pundakit Integrated School, San Antonio, Zambales, Philippines on March 10, 2011 as part of Balikatan 2011. Balikatan 2011 is a bilateral exercise established to increase the Armed Forces of the Philippines and United States ability to respond quickly and work together effectively to provide relief and assistance in the event of natural disasters and other crisis that ...More

U.S., Republic of Philippine forces to begin Balikatan 11 April 5
REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES — Balikatan 11, the annual bilateral training exercise between U.S. and Republic of the Philippine forces, takes place in the Philippines April 5-15, with preliminary work on community infrastructure projects beginning this month. This year’s exercise will consist of table top exercises, field training. Service members of both countries will conduct combined staff ...More