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    Closing ceremony at Fort Magsaysay for Balikatan 2017

    Closing ceremony at Fort Magsaysay for Balikatan 2017

    Photo By Cpl. Matthew Casbarro | Philippine and U.S. military leaders stand during the closing ceremony of Balikatan...... read more read more

    FORT MAGSAYSAY, Santa Rosa – Philippine Army Col. Laurence E. Mina, deputy assistance chief of staff, Training and Education Staff, and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Teddy Kleisner, commander, 1st Battalion 23rd Infantry Regiment, congratulated Philippine and U.S. forces on the completion of their humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training during a closing ceremony May 18 held at Fort Magsaysay.

    As part of the relief efforts during the training, the Philippine and U.S. forces performed search and rescue missions, disaster relief simulations, and first responder training by performing a simulated downed pilot scenario in conjunction with a mass casualty evacuation.

    "We’re grateful that exercise Balikatan happened for us," Kleinser said. He also added that the exercise focused on important security issues for both the Philippines and the United States.

    Kleinser thanked the Armed Forces of the Philippines for their hard work and training, making Balikatan a success.

    Along with the HADR missions, the combined forces of the Philippines and the United States still managed to perform counterterrorism training, jungle survival training, and community relations work to help build classrooms and restore schools.

    With the joint efforts of the U.S Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines counterparts, the 33rd annual, bilateral Balikatan exercise promoted interoperability and helped maintain a strong partnership, bringing both countries together and promoting the spirit of the Balikatan exercise.



    Date Taken: 05.18.2017
    Date Posted: 05.19.2017 02:33
    Story ID: 234407
    Location: PH

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