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In Any Clime and Place

U.S. armed forces, Armed Forces of the Philippines and local civic leaders sit at desks in a new classroom at Don Joaquin Artuz Memorial Elementary School built by AFP and U.S. engineers as part of the Combined-Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force on the island of Panay in Tapaz, Philippines, during Balikatan 2015, April 27. The engineers worked together for 40 days to complete the Philippine Department of Education, modified one-story, two-classroom building. Balikatan, which means “shoulder to shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
Combined US-Philippine Force Completes Classrooms
U.S. armed forces, Armed Forces of the Philippines and local civic leaders sit at desks in a new classroom at Don Joaquin Artuz Memorial Elementary School built by AFP and U.S. engineers as part of the Combined-Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force on the island of Panay in Tapaz, Philippines, during Balikatan 2015, April 27. The engineers worked together for 40 days to complete the Philippine Department of Education, modified one-story, two-classroom building. Balikatan, which means “shoulder to shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
An Armed Forces of the Philippines Army basketball player aims for a layup at a friendly basketball game between Barangay Taft basketball players and players from the Combined-Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force on the island of Panay in Tapaz, Philippines, during Balikatan 2015, April 28. The goodwill game was held for some fun and entertainment following the conclusion of the combined U.S. and AFP force’s humanitarian and disaster response activities on the island. Balikatan, which means “shoulder to shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
Panay CJCMOTF plays basketball in Taft Barangay during Balikatan
An Armed Forces of the Philippines Army basketball player aims for a layup at a friendly basketball game between Barangay Taft basketball players and players from the Combined-Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force on the island of Panay in Tapaz, Philippines, during Balikatan 2015, April 28. The goodwill game was held for some fun and entertainment following the conclusion of the combined U.S. and AFP force’s humanitarian and disaster response activities on the island. Balikatan, which means “shoulder to shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jamar Holland, combat medic, with Delta Company, 97th Civil Affair Battalion, Civil Affair Team 742, evaluates members from the Philippine Marines, Coast Guard, and National Police after they responded to a simulated casualty during Tactical Combat Casualty training in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, during exercise Balikatan 2015, April 27. The Tactical Combat Casualty Care training, taught by U.S. Armed Forces, was held to instruct military members as well as practice techniques to become more effective when responding to crisis in the region.
Philippine and U.S. Forces conduct Combat Casualty training
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jamar Holland, combat medic, with Delta Company, 97th Civil Affair Battalion, Civil Affair Team 742, evaluates members from the Philippine Marines, Coast Guard, and National Police after they responded to a simulated casualty during Tactical Combat Casualty training in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, during exercise Balikatan 2015, April 27. The Tactical Combat Casualty Care training, taught by U.S. Armed Forces, was held to instruct military members as well as practice techniques to become more effective when responding to crisis in the region.
TAPAZ, Philippines — U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Dana Deline, assigned to the 9th Engineer Support Battalion, helps a schoolchild to paint her palm prints on a wall for a mural on a new school building at Don Joaquin Artuz Memorial Elementary School in Tapaz, Philippines, during Balikatan 2015, April 25. The two-classroom building is being constructed by U.S. Marine, Navy, and Armed Forces of the Philippines Army engineers as part of the Combined-Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force on the island of Panay. Balikatan, which means “shoulder to shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
Service members connect with children in local community of Tapaz during Balikatan 2015
TAPAZ, Philippines — U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Dana Deline, assigned to the 9th Engineer Support Battalion, helps a schoolchild to paint her palm prints on a wall for a mural on a new school building at Don Joaquin Artuz Memorial Elementary School in Tapaz, Philippines, during Balikatan 2015, April 25. The two-classroom building is being constructed by U.S. Marine, Navy, and Armed Forces of the Philippines Army engineers as part of the Combined-Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force on the island of Panay. Balikatan, which means “shoulder to shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
U.S. Marines with 3rd Marine Regiment quickly return to their Amphibious Assault Vehicle to grab extra equipment needed on the firing line, April 21, during a bilateral amphibious landing by the Philippine and U.S. Marines on North Beach at the Naval Education Training Center in Zambales, Philippines, as part of exercise Balikatan 2015. Designed to assault any shoreline from the well decks of Navy assault ships, AAVs are highly mobile, tracked armored amphibious vehicles that transport Marines and cargo to and through hostile territory. Balikatan, which means “shoulder-to-shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise held since 1984, aimed at improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
The Marines Have Landed
U.S. Marines with 3rd Marine Regiment quickly return to their Amphibious Assault Vehicle to grab extra equipment needed on the firing line, April 21, during a bilateral amphibious landing by the Philippine and U.S. Marines on North Beach at the Naval Education Training Center in Zambales, Philippines, as part of exercise Balikatan 2015. Designed to assault any shoreline from the well decks of Navy assault ships, AAVs are highly mobile, tracked armored amphibious vehicles that transport Marines and cargo to and through hostile territory. Balikatan, which means “shoulder-to-shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise held since 1984, aimed at improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Gerry Squirewell signals to the pilot of an MV-22B Osprey helicopter during flight operations aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20). Green Bay is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 3rd Marine Division Forward, is currently participating in exercise Balikatan 2015 with members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
USS Green Bay operations during Balikatan 2015
Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Gerry Squirewell signals to the pilot of an MV-22B Osprey helicopter during flight operations aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20). Green Bay is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 3rd Marine Division Forward, is currently participating in exercise Balikatan 2015 with members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
U.S. Marine Cpl. Caleb Martin, a communication specialist with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and a Scottsville, Va., native, calls in the coordinates of his platoon while Philippine Marines hold security during integration training, April 18, at the Naval Education Training Center in Zambales, Philippines, during exercise Balikatan 2015. Marines from both countries rehearsed three days before performing a simulated amphibious assault on April 21, demonstrating their combined ship-to-shore procedures. Balikatan is an annual bilateral training exercise with the U.S. and the Philippines aimed at enhancing readiness and military-to-military relations, territorial defense and humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations.
Philippine, US Marines storm the beach at Balikatan
U.S. Marine Cpl. Caleb Martin, a communication specialist with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and a Scottsville, Va., native, calls in the coordinates of his platoon while Philippine Marines hold security during integration training, April 18, at the Naval Education Training Center in Zambales, Philippines, during exercise Balikatan 2015. Marines from both countries rehearsed three days before performing a simulated amphibious assault on April 21, demonstrating their combined ship-to-shore procedures. Balikatan is an annual bilateral training exercise with the U.S. and the Philippines aimed at enhancing readiness and military-to-military relations, territorial defense and humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations.
Military members from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. Armed Forces work together to build facilities in the local Sabang, Philippines, community as part of exercise Balikatan 2015, April 21. This year marks the 31st iteration of the exercise, which is an annual Philippines-U.S. bilateral military training exercise and humanitarian civic assistance engagement.
Philippine and U.S. Forces Build a Better Tommorrow
Military members from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. Armed Forces work together to build facilities in the local Sabang, Philippines, community as part of exercise Balikatan 2015, April 21. This year marks the 31st iteration of the exercise, which is an annual Philippines-U.S. bilateral military training exercise and humanitarian civic assistance engagement.
U.S. Army Capt. Andrew Armstrong, veterinarian, Public Health District Japan, fills a shot of rabies vaccination in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, during exercise Balikatan 2015, April 18. The Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. Armed Forces conducted the vaccinations to prevent the spread of rabies and raise the overall health of animals in the area. This year marks the 31st iteration of the annual Philippine-U.S. bilateral training exercise and humanitarian civic assistance engagement.
Vaccinations by the Hundreds
U.S. Army Capt. Andrew Armstrong, veterinarian, Public Health District Japan, fills a shot of rabies vaccination in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, during exercise Balikatan 2015, April 18. The Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. Armed Forces conducted the vaccinations to prevent the spread of rabies and raise the overall health of animals in the area. This year marks the 31st iteration of the annual Philippine-U.S. bilateral training exercise and humanitarian civic assistance engagement.
U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Joaquin Malavet, right, I Marine Expeditionary Brigade commander, shakes the hand of Philippine Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Alvin P Bautista, left, a Naval Combat Engineer Brigade engineer, at ENCAP Site 3, San Rafael Elementary School, Philippines, during exercise Balikatan 2015, April 17. Armed Forces of the Philippines Brig. Gen. Guillermo Molina  and Malavet visited the sites to meet the engineers who have been working shoulder to shoulder as well as get a firsthand look at the classrooms being built.
Brig. Gen. Malavet Visits Balikatan ENCAP Sites
U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Joaquin Malavet, right, I Marine Expeditionary Brigade commander, shakes the hand of Philippine Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Alvin P Bautista, left, a Naval Combat Engineer Brigade engineer, at ENCAP Site 3, San Rafael Elementary School, Philippines, during exercise Balikatan 2015, April 17. Armed Forces of the Philippines Brig. Gen. Guillermo Molina and Malavet visited the sites to meet the engineers who have been working shoulder to shoulder as well as get a firsthand look at the classrooms being built.
TAPAZ, Philippines — U.S. Marine Cpl. Natauia Carpenter, assigned to the 9th Engineer Support Battalion, tosses an empty cement bucket to an Armed Forces of the Philippines Army engineer, assigned to the 552nd Engineer Construction Battalion, while constructing a concrete pad at Don Joaquin Artuz Elementary School in Tapaz, Philippines, during Balikatan 2015, April 14. The engineers are part of the Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force on the island of Panay, which is constructing two classrooms at the school. Balikatan, which means “shoulder to shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, contingency, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
US, Philippine service members begin laying foundation for classrooms
TAPAZ, Philippines — U.S. Marine Cpl. Natauia Carpenter, assigned to the 9th Engineer Support Battalion, tosses an empty cement bucket to an Armed Forces of the Philippines Army engineer, assigned to the 552nd Engineer Construction Battalion, while constructing a concrete pad at Don Joaquin Artuz Elementary School in Tapaz, Philippines, during Balikatan 2015, April 14. The engineers are part of the Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force on the island of Panay, which is constructing two classrooms at the school. Balikatan, which means “shoulder to shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, contingency, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
U.S. Marine  Cpl. Natauia Carpenter, assigned to 9th Engineer Support Battalion, jokes with Armed Forces of the Philippines Army Pvt. Oliver V. Clerigo, from the AFP Army Medical Brigade at Don Joaquin Artuz Memorial Elementary School in Tapaz, Philippines, during Balikatan 2015, April 12. The engineers, along with U.S. Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, are part of the Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force on the island of Panay, which is constructing two classrooms at the school. Balikatan, which means “shoulder to shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, contingency, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
Construction continues at Don Joaquin Artuz Memorial Elementary School
U.S. Marine Cpl. Natauia Carpenter, assigned to 9th Engineer Support Battalion, jokes with Armed Forces of the Philippines Army Pvt. Oliver V. Clerigo, from the AFP Army Medical Brigade at Don Joaquin Artuz Memorial Elementary School in Tapaz, Philippines, during Balikatan 2015, April 12. The engineers, along with U.S. Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, are part of the Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force on the island of Panay, which is constructing two classrooms at the school. Balikatan, which means “shoulder to shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, contingency, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
Philippine Airman 2nd Class Bert Agabon, an engineer with Philippines Air Force Engineer Group, and U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Bradley Trammell, a combat engineer with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, spread dirt for the construction of a new classroom at the Santa Lourdes High School in Puerto Princesa , Philippines, as part of humanitarian civic assistance projects during exercise Balikatan 2015, April 11. The exercise provides an opportunity for Philippine, Australian and U.S. forces to continue strengthening relationships and work together.
Philippine, US forces work together in humanitarian assistance
Philippine Airman 2nd Class Bert Agabon, an engineer with Philippines Air Force Engineer Group, and U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Bradley Trammell, a combat engineer with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, spread dirt for the construction of a new classroom at the Santa Lourdes High School in Puerto Princesa , Philippines, as part of humanitarian civic assistance projects during exercise Balikatan 2015, April 11. The exercise provides an opportunity for Philippine, Australian and U.S. forces to continue strengthening relationships and work together.
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Ramon Perez, center, a civil affairs Marine assigned to III Marine Expeditionary Force, is ‘shoulder-to-shoulder’ with Armed Forces of the Philippines engineers from the 522nd Engineering Construction Battalion passing a bucket filled with cement for placement at Don Joaquin Elementary School in Tapaz, Philippines, during Balikatan 2015, April 9. The engineers, along with U.S. Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, are part of the Combined-Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force located on the island of Panay constructing two classrooms at the school. Balikatan, which means “shoulder to shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, contingency, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
Combined Philippine-US force continues humanitarian efforts in Panay
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Ramon Perez, center, a civil affairs Marine assigned to III Marine Expeditionary Force, is ‘shoulder-to-shoulder’ with Armed Forces of the Philippines engineers from the 522nd Engineering Construction Battalion passing a bucket filled with cement for placement at Don Joaquin Elementary School in Tapaz, Philippines, during Balikatan 2015, April 9. The engineers, along with U.S. Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, are part of the Combined-Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force located on the island of Panay constructing two classrooms at the school. Balikatan, which means “shoulder to shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, contingency, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
U.S. Army Sgt. Brad Ball, an electrical engineer with the 643rd Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 103rd Engineer Brigade, takes a break to speak with a Filipino child at a construction site where Philippine and U.S. engineers are working together to build facilities in the local Puerto Princesa, Philippines, community as part of exercise Balikatan 2015, April 7. This year marks the 31st iteration of the exercise, which is an annual Philippines-U.S. bilateral military training exercise and humanitarian civic assistance engagement.
Working 'shoulder-to-shoulder' for exercise Balikatan
U.S. Army Sgt. Brad Ball, an electrical engineer with the 643rd Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 103rd Engineer Brigade, takes a break to speak with a Filipino child at a construction site where Philippine and U.S. engineers are working together to build facilities in the local Puerto Princesa, Philippines, community as part of exercise Balikatan 2015, April 7. This year marks the 31st iteration of the exercise, which is an annual Philippines-U.S. bilateral military training exercise and humanitarian civic assistance engagement.
U.S. military members use rebar to create a support structure for a fence at the Santa Lourdes High School in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, as part of humanitarian civic assistance projects during exercise Balikatan 2015, April 9. The exercise provides an opportunity for Philippine, Australian and U.S. forces to continue strengthening relationships and work together.
Forging a foundation for relationships during Balikatan
U.S. military members use rebar to create a support structure for a fence at the Santa Lourdes High School in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, as part of humanitarian civic assistance projects during exercise Balikatan 2015, April 9. The exercise provides an opportunity for Philippine, Australian and U.S. forces to continue strengthening relationships and work together.
A member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, along with U.S. Marines Lance Cpl. Michael Cameron and Lance Cpl. Bradley Trammell, both engineers with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, bend rebar for a classroom at the Santa Lourdes High School in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, as part of humanitarian civic assistance projects during exercise Balikatan 2015, April 9. The exercise provides an opportunity for Philippine, Australian and U.S. forces to continue strengthening relationships and work together.
Forging a foundation for relationships during Balikatan
A member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, along with U.S. Marines Lance Cpl. Michael Cameron and Lance Cpl. Bradley Trammell, both engineers with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, bend rebar for a classroom at the Santa Lourdes High School in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, as part of humanitarian civic assistance projects during exercise Balikatan 2015, April 9. The exercise provides an opportunity for Philippine, Australian and U.S. forces to continue strengthening relationships and work together.
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Andre Dangerfield, left, a construction electrician assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, introduces U.S. Marine engineers and U.S. Navy Seabees to construction at the Don Joaquin Artuz Memorial Elementary School during Balikatan 2015. The Seabees and Marines will join Armed Forces of the Philippines engineers from the 552nd Engineering Construction Battalion, currently at work on the project, in building two classrooms at the school as part of a Combined Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force on the island of Panay. Balikatan, which means “shoulder to shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, contingency, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
Filipino, US engineers build relationships through construction project
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Andre Dangerfield, left, a construction electrician assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, introduces U.S. Marine engineers and U.S. Navy Seabees to construction at the Don Joaquin Artuz Memorial Elementary School during Balikatan 2015. The Seabees and Marines will join Armed Forces of the Philippines engineers from the 552nd Engineering Construction Battalion, currently at work on the project, in building two classrooms at the school as part of a Combined Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force on the island of Panay. Balikatan, which means “shoulder to shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, contingency, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

Balikatan means "shoulder-to-shoulder," and characterizes the spirit of this bilateral Philippines-U.S. exercise. This page is managed by exercise participants.

Exercise Balikatan 2015 (BK15), will take place from April 20-30, in various locations throughout the Philippines. Combined staff exercises and field training will take place at Camp O’Donnell and Crow Valley in Tarlac, Subic Bay, and Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija.

Also a part of this year’s exercise, members of the Philippines and U.S. armed forces will undertake joint humanitarian assistance projects in communities throughout Zambales province, and a multinational maritime tabletop exercise will be held in Camp Aguinaldo.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. military have a longstanding relationship that has contributed to regional security and stability, and is deeply rooted in cooperation. The multinational training that takes place during BK15 increases regional militaries’ ability to respond quickly and work together efficiently to provide relief and assistance in the event of natural disasters and other crises that threaten public safety and health.