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    West Charlotte Sailor Returns to Philippines

    Headquarters Battalion partcipates in Exercise Balikatan

    Photo By Sgt. Charles Plouffe | U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Jason Reyes waits outside the religious...... read more read more

    CHARLOTTE, NC, UNITED STATES

    05.14.2018

    Story by 1st Lt. Ryan Lowcher 

    3rd Marine Division   

    OKINAWA, JAPAN - A West Charlotte High School graduate is participating in a large-scale multilateral exercise in the Republic of the Philippines

    Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Jason Reyes, originally born in Manila, is deployed to Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base in support of Exercise Balikatan 2018. He currently serves in Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa Japan.

    For many service members participating, the Phillippines is an unfamiliar environment and culture- not to PO3 Reyes. He was born in the Republic of the Philippines and moved to North Carolina when he was 11-years-old. After graduating high school, he wanted to serve his country and give back to the community.

    While at the U.S.-Philippine exercise, he took part in several community relations events and interacted with his fellow Filipinos.

    "We are giving out school supplies, clothing, hygiene products, and also playing games with the kids."

    Reyes, a Religious Program Specialist, assists the Chaplain in providing religious services for service members and locals while deployed.

    Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine military training event focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations. BK 34-2018 will take place in the Philippines May 7 to 18

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    Date Taken: 05.14.2018
    Date Posted: 05.14.2018 19:34
    Story ID: 276883
    Location: CHARLOTTE, NC, US 
    Hometown: CHARLOTTE, NC, US

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