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US and Philippine soldiers prepare for field training exercise

Soldiers of the Bravo Company, 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, Army Reserves, conduct terrain model briefings with their counterparts from the 50th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army in preparation for the start of the Balikatan 2012 field training exercise. The terrain models are used to simulate their area of operations and to plan tactical movements and procedures. Balikatan, which translated means shoulder-to-shoulder, emphasizes bilateral partnership between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. forces.



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This work, US and Philippine soldiers prepare for field training exercise [Image 5 of 5], by SSG Richard Colletta, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:04.15.2012

Date Posted:04.18.2012 22:09

Photo ID:561347

VIRIN:120415-A-CO010-003

Resolution:1448x972

Size:818.06 KB

Location:FORT MAGSAYSAY, PHGlobe

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