Images: Exercise Balikatan 2012 [Image 10 of 13]
Armed Forces of the Philippines Navy Rear Adm. Miguel J. Rodriguez, right, Deputy Chief of Staff, Civil Military Operations, J7, and United States Marine Corps Maj. Gen. William D. Beydler, left, commander, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, view storyboards outlining the construction of classrooms at Santa Cruz Elementary School during the building's dedication on April 24, 2012. Senior officials from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, United States military, and local government attended the dedication ceremony for the school as part of Exercise Balikatan 2012. The visit consisted of a ribbon cutting ceremony of a new two-room classroom built by the joint efforts of Philippine Navy Seabees from 4th Naval Construction Battalion and U.S. Marines from MWSS-172. BK12, in its 28th iteration, is an annual bilateral training exercise developed to enhance joint planning, contingency, humanitarian and disaster relief capabilities of both nations.