Balikatan 12: STORIES   HOMEPAGE
Field training exercise ends, lifelong friendships remain
FORT MAGSAYSAY, Philippines -- Like lifelong friends, they gathered to revisit memories of the past. By meeting's end, they give each other a firm handshake and a smile, silently acknowledging their paths will cross again. The field training exercise portion of Exercise Balikatan 2012 concluded, April 25, after nine days of continuous combined bilateral training. "(Philippine and U.S. forces) have ...More

Wreath Laying Ceremony
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Roger F. Mathews, deputy commanding general of U.S. Army, Pacific, and Philippine Army Brig. Gen. Alan R. Luga, commander of 7th Infantry Division, render honors and prepare to lay a wreath during a ceremony, April 24, to commemorate the U.S. and Filipino service members who were jailed in the Cabanatuan Prisoner of War camp, Cabanatuan City, nearly 70 years ago. The commemoration ...More

U.S. Army Pacific Soldiers participate in disaster relief training in Manila
CAMP AGUINALDO, Philippines (APRIL 23, 2012) -- Soldiers from the U.S. Army Pacific, Contingency Command Post (CCP), I Corps Forward, U.S. Army Japan and Joint Task Force Homeland Defense (JTF-HD) have joined forces to take part in a command post exercise focusing on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief during exercise Balikatan 2012. The team forms the U.S. Army Forces Component Command, which ...More

Senior enlisted Soldier offers wisdom to AFP Advance NCO School students
FORT MAGSAYSAY, Philippines -- A senior enlisted U.S. soldier addressed Armed Forces of the Philippines' non-commissioned officers during a visit, April 17, at the advance military schools on Fort Magsaysay. Command Sgt. Maj. Curtis H. Arnold Jr., sergeant major of the 196th Infantry Brigade, made the visit during a brief break from the field training exercise portion of Balikatan 2012 in order to ...More

Balikatan 2012: FTX / Mil-to-Mil Training

Shoulder-to-shoulder cooperation invests in knowledge at Philippine, U.S. medical symposium
PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan, Republic of the Philippines -- Though not officially started, Exercise Balikatan 2012 is already doing something different this year than its past 27 iterations. This year, several agencies, including the U.S. Army Pacific partnered together to host a medical symposium in Palawan on April 10 for over 250 medical and veterinary care practitioners. The full day medical symposium ...More