News: Philippine, U.S. Marines turn wrenches, exchange knowledge
Story by Lance Cpl. David Hersey
FORT BONIFACIO, TAGUIG CITY, MANILA, Republic of the Philippines – The garage was alive with the noise of machinery as Philippine and U.S. Marines worked together to replace old tires, repair damaged parts, and conduct maintenance to vehicles and equipment.
Marines from the Philippine and U.S. Marine Corps exchanged knowledge about their vehicle operations and maintenance practices at Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Manila, Republic of the Philippines, Oct. 1 during Amphibious Landing Exercise 2014.
The Philippine Marines are with Motor Transport and Maintenance Battalion, Combat Service Support Brigade, Philippine Marine Corps, and the U.S. Marines are with Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, which is currently part of the logistics combat element for 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, III MEF.
The exchange allowed the Marines to learn about unfamiliar machinery as well as build friendships between the two units.
By learning about each other’s gear and machinery all of our Marines will be better equipped to work together should the need arise, according to Philippine Marine Corps Capt. Romel Robles, Motor Transport and Maintenance Bn. commanding officer.
“With the expertise of their mechanics and ours we can learn from each other,” said Robles. “We will better understand each other’s capabilities, learn new techniques, and apply it to our line of work.”
This knowledge not only better prepares the Marines to work together, but it also gives them a chance to strengthen the bonds between our two nations, according to U.S. Marine Chief Warrant Officer Harold T. Kiser, CLR-3 motor transport officer.
“The equipment the Philippine Marines use is older than what our forces have,” said Kiser. “Our younger Marines have never worked with them and are unfamiliar with how they work. This is their chance to get back to the basics and learn about something new.”
The Marines repaired machinery including M-35 6x6 trucks and field generators, equipment used by the Philippine Marines. They worked together to determine what mechanical problems the equipment had and decide the best course of action to correct them.
By sharing their knowledge, the Marines improved the efficiency and friendship of their units, according to Philippine Marine Private First Class Alfeo B. Rosana Jr., a driver with the battalion.
“We shared our knowledge and that helped us learn new things,” said Rosana. “We learned new ways to do our jobs and how the American Marines work. If we have to complete a mission together we will both be better prepared to do that.”
PHIBLEX 14 is a bilateral training exercise designed to demonstrate the commitment of United States and Republic of the Philippines to mutual security and ensures the readiness of a bilateral force to rapidly respond to regional humanitarian crises.