U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

 

U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

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His Excellency Fidel V. Ramos, former president of the Republic of the Philippines speaks at the Capas Freedom March during Balikatan 16 at Capas, Philippines, April 11, 2016. U.S. and Philippine service members participated in the 2nd annual Capas Freedom March with the theme "March for a Veteran” where each participant marched to honor a veteran of their choice. Balikatan is an annual bilateral training exercise that is a signature element of the Philippine-U.S. alliance focused on a variety of missions to include humanitarian assistance, maritime law enforcement and environment protection.
U.S. and Philippine service member’s participle in the 2nd annual Capas Freedom March
His Excellency Fidel V. Ramos, former president of the Republic of the Philippines speaks at the Capas Freedom March during Balikatan 16 at Capas, Philippines, April 11, 2016. U.S. and Philippine service members participated in the 2nd annual Capas Freedom March with the theme "March for a Veteran” where each participant marched to honor a veteran of their choice. Balikatan is an annual bilateral training exercise that is a signature element of the Philippine-U.S. alliance focused on a variety of missions to include humanitarian assistance, maritime law enforcement and environment protection.
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, greets a U.S. Marine assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, II Marine Expeditionary Force, member of the Joint Rapid Reaction Force (JRRF), after executing an amphibious landing to seize a scenario-based objective as part of Exercise Balikatan 2016, in Antique, Philippines, April 11, 2016. The JRRF, compiled of U.S. and Philippine forces, have worked together during the exercise to test their capabilities, maintain a high level of interoperability and to enhance combined combat readiness. 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 and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, Commander visits U.S. and Philippine service members during Balikatan 2016
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, greets a U.S. Marine assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, II Marine Expeditionary Force, member of the Joint Rapid Reaction Force (JRRF), after executing an amphibious landing to seize a scenario-based objective as part of Exercise Balikatan 2016, in Antique, Philippines, April 11, 2016. The JRRF, compiled of U.S. and Philippine forces, have worked together during the exercise to test their capabilities, maintain a high level of interoperability and to enhance combined combat readiness. 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 and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
Philippine marines with the Joint Rapid Reaction Force (JRRF), conduct an amphibious landing utilizing Philippine logistical navy ships to seize a scenario-based objective as part of Exercise Balikatan 2016, in Antique, Philippines, April 11, 2016. The JRRF, compiled of U.S. and Philippine forces, have worked together during the exercise to test their capabilities, maintain a high level of interoperability and to enhance combined combat readiness. 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 and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
U.S. and Philippine service members participate in an amphibious capabilities demonstration during Balikatan 2016
Philippine marines with the Joint Rapid Reaction Force (JRRF), conduct an amphibious landing utilizing Philippine logistical navy ships to seize a scenario-based objective as part of Exercise Balikatan 2016, in Antique, Philippines, April 11, 2016. The JRRF, compiled of U.S. and Philippine forces, have worked together during the exercise to test their capabilities, maintain a high level of interoperability and to enhance combined combat readiness. 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 and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
U.S. Marines with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment pose for a photo with local Philippine school children during a static display at Clark Air Base, Philippines, April 9, 2016. As part of Balikatan 16, U.S. military and Armed Forces of the Philippines hosted a static display showcasing various aircraft from all U.S. services and the Philippine Air Force. Balikatan provides opportunities for U.S. and Philippine forces to learn from each other and train for potential real world crises, better preparing them to support the local population throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
U.S. and Philippine military hold static display
U.S. Marines with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment pose for a photo with local Philippine school children during a static display at Clark Air Base, Philippines, April 9, 2016. As part of Balikatan 16, U.S. military and Armed Forces of the Philippines hosted a static display showcasing various aircraft from all U.S. services and the Philippine Air Force. Balikatan provides opportunities for U.S. and Philippine forces to learn from each other and train for potential real world crises, better preparing them to support the local population throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Thelma Guerra, left, assigned to 9th Engineer Support Battalion, Philippine army soldier Pfc. Leo Genn Layson, assigned to 552 Engineer Construction Battalion and Lance Cpl. Matthew Hanks, assigned to 9th Engineer Support Battalion, work together to lay down aluminum during a Humanitarian Civic Assistant (HCA) project at Matangharon Elementary School in Iloilo, Philippines, as part of Exercise Balikatan 2016, April 9, 2016. The construction project is one of multiple HCAs taking place during this year's exercise, designed to improve the quality of life for the local populace and strengthen the bond between our two nations. 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 and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
Construction continues at Matangharon Elementary School during Balikatan 2016
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Thelma Guerra, left, assigned to 9th Engineer Support Battalion, Philippine army soldier Pfc. Leo Genn Layson, assigned to 552 Engineer Construction Battalion and Lance Cpl. Matthew Hanks, assigned to 9th Engineer Support Battalion, work together to lay down aluminum during a Humanitarian Civic Assistant (HCA) project at Matangharon Elementary School in Iloilo, Philippines, as part of Exercise Balikatan 2016, April 9, 2016. The construction project is one of multiple HCAs taking place during this year's exercise, designed to improve the quality of life for the local populace and strengthen the bond between our two nations. 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 and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Matthew Cutter, left, assigned to 9th Engineer Support Battalion and U.S. Army Pfc. Christopher Maldonado, assigned to 84th Engineer Battalion, detail a window frame during a Humanitarian Civic Assistant (HCA) project at Matangharon Elementary School in Iloilo, Philippines, as part of Exercise Balikatan 2016, April 9, 2016. The construction project is one of multiple HCAs taking place during this year's exercise, designed to improve the quality of life for the local populace and strengthen the bond between our two nations. 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 and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
Construction continues at Matangharon Elementary School during Balikatan 2016
U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Matthew Cutter, left, assigned to 9th Engineer Support Battalion and U.S. Army Pfc. Christopher Maldonado, assigned to 84th Engineer Battalion, detail a window frame during a Humanitarian Civic Assistant (HCA) project at Matangharon Elementary School in Iloilo, Philippines, as part of Exercise Balikatan 2016, April 9, 2016. The construction project is one of multiple HCAs taking place during this year's exercise, designed to improve the quality of life for the local populace and strengthen the bond between our two nations. 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 and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
Members from the Philippine Department of Health, USAID and U.S. Navy pose for a photograph during a turnover of humanitarian assistance equipment during exercise Balikatan in Subic, Philippines April 6, 2016. The exercise provided an opportunity to deliver the equipment on U.S. Naval Ships to the Philippines. Balikatan, which means "shoulder to shoulder" in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise focused on improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, contingency and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
USAID turnsover HA/DR equipment to Philippine Department of Health
Members from the Philippine Department of Health, USAID and U.S. Navy pose for a photograph during a turnover of humanitarian assistance equipment during exercise Balikatan in Subic, Philippines April 6, 2016. The exercise provided an opportunity to deliver the equipment on U.S. Naval Ships to the Philippines. Balikatan, which means "shoulder to shoulder" in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise focused on improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, contingency and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
U.S. Marine Corps and Philippine Air Force members watch a M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems load during Balikatan 16 at Clark Air Base, Philippines, April 6, 2016. After loading, the crew of Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing flew the HIMARS for the first time in the Philippines. This year marks the 32nd iteration of Balikatan where U.S. service members continue to work “shoulder-to-shoulder” with members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to increase combined readiness to crises and conflict across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
HIMARS KC-130 loading during Balikatan 16
U.S. Marine Corps and Philippine Air Force members watch a M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems load during Balikatan 16 at Clark Air Base, Philippines, April 6, 2016. After loading, the crew of Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing flew the HIMARS for the first time in the Philippines. This year marks the 32nd iteration of Balikatan where U.S. service members continue to work “shoulder-to-shoulder” with members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to increase combined readiness to crises and conflict across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
U.S. Service members lift a truss to restore a damaged classroom at Matangharon Elementary School, Barangay Matangharon, as part of the 32nd iteration of Exercise Balikatan, April 3, 2016. Matangharon Elementary School, damaged during last year’s typhoon, is one of multiple humanitarian and civic assistance projects that demonstrate our commitment to training, cooperation and interoperability between the Philippines and the U.S. The annual bilateral exercise allows service members from both countries to train and enhance human assistance and disaster relief capabilities in the event of natural disasters or crisis endangerments.
Raising the roof at Matangharon Elementary School
U.S. Service members lift a truss to restore a damaged classroom at Matangharon Elementary School, Barangay Matangharon, as part of the 32nd iteration of Exercise Balikatan, April 3, 2016. Matangharon Elementary School, damaged during last year’s typhoon, is one of multiple humanitarian and civic assistance projects that demonstrate our commitment to training, cooperation and interoperability between the Philippines and the U.S. The annual bilateral exercise allows service members from both countries to train and enhance human assistance and disaster relief capabilities in the event of natural disasters or crisis endangerments.
Major Marie O. Reed, 322nd Civil Affairs Brigade, 9th Mission Support Command, medical planner and operations intelligence officer of Exercise Balikatan 2016, addresses the media at a press conference following the opening ceremony for the exercise at Camp Peralta, Panay, Philippines, April 4, 2016. The ceremony signified the official start of the annual bilateral exercise that will run from 4-16 April. In Panay, Balikatan 2016 will consist of medical, dental, veterinary, and engineering civic actions, as part of humanitarian civic assistant projects. AFP and the U.S. military will work together to strengthen their longstanding alliance and to enhance the security and stability of the Philippine nation.
AFP, U.S. welcome Balikatan 2016 with opening ceremony
Major Marie O. Reed, 322nd Civil Affairs Brigade, 9th Mission Support Command, medical planner and operations intelligence officer of Exercise Balikatan 2016, addresses the media at a press conference following the opening ceremony for the exercise at Camp Peralta, Panay, Philippines, April 4, 2016. The ceremony signified the official start of the annual bilateral exercise that will run from 4-16 April. In Panay, Balikatan 2016 will consist of medical, dental, veterinary, and engineering civic actions, as part of humanitarian civic assistant projects. AFP and the U.S. military will work together to strengthen their longstanding alliance and to enhance the security and stability of the Philippine nation.
Flags from both nations are retired, during the opening ceremony of Balikatan 2016, aboard Camp Aguinaldo, April 4, 2016. Balikatan, which means "shoulder to shoulder" in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise focused on improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, contingency and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. This year marks the 32nd iteration of the exercise. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Erik Estrada)
Exercise Balikatan Opening
Flags from both nations are retired, during the opening ceremony of Balikatan 2016, aboard Camp Aguinaldo, April 4, 2016. Balikatan, which means "shoulder to shoulder" in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise focused on improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, contingency and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. This year marks the 32nd iteration of the exercise. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Erik Estrada)
A U.S. Army Boeing CH-47 Chinook takes off for flight in Subic Bay, Philippines during Balikatan 2016 (BK 16) on April 3, 2016.  The purpose of BK 16 is to strengthen interoperability and partner-nation capabilities for the planning and execution of military operations, and advance regional security operations.
U.S. Army aircrafts' take flight
A U.S. Army Boeing CH-47 Chinook takes off for flight in Subic Bay, Philippines during Balikatan 2016 (BK 16) on April 3, 2016. The purpose of BK 16 is to strengthen interoperability and partner-nation capabilities for the planning and execution of military operations, and advance regional security operations.
U.S. senators and military service members depart the flight line at Clark Airbase, Philippines, on April 1, 2016. While at Clark airbase the senators attended a Balikatan 16 brief and toured several military aircraft.  Bilateral training increases the combined U.S. and Philippine capabilities to respond quickly and work together effectively to provide relief and assistance in the event of natural disasters and other crises that threaten public safety and health.
U.S. Senators visit Philippines
U.S. senators and military service members depart the flight line at Clark Airbase, Philippines, on April 1, 2016. While at Clark airbase the senators attended a Balikatan 16 brief and toured several military aircraft. Bilateral training increases the combined U.S. and Philippine capabilities to respond quickly and work together effectively to provide relief and assistance in the event of natural disasters and other crises that threaten public safety and health.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Rawlinson Satulan, engineer, assigned to the 673D Expeditionary Engineer Squadron and Philippine army soldier Pfc. Mhar Calapano, engineer, assigned to 552 Engineer Construction Battalion, drill aluminum sheeting at Jaena Norte Elementary School in Capiz, Philippines, as part of a humanitarian civic assistance (HCA) project during Exercise Balikatan 2016, April 2, 2016. The construction project is one of multiple HCAs taking place during this year's exercise, designed to improve the quality of life for the local populace and strengthen the bond between our two nations. 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 and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
Construction continues at Jaena Norte Elementary for Balikatan 2016
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Rawlinson Satulan, engineer, assigned to the 673D Expeditionary Engineer Squadron and Philippine army soldier Pfc. Mhar Calapano, engineer, assigned to 552 Engineer Construction Battalion, drill aluminum sheeting at Jaena Norte Elementary School in Capiz, Philippines, as part of a humanitarian civic assistance (HCA) project during Exercise Balikatan 2016, April 2, 2016. The construction project is one of multiple HCAs taking place during this year's exercise, designed to improve the quality of life for the local populace and strengthen the bond between our two nations. 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 and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
A student conducts everyday activities at the Don Joaquin Artuz Memorial Elementary School one year after participating in Balikatan 2015 as a humanitarian civic assistance (HCA) site, in Tapaz, Philippines, March 31, 2016. U.S. and Philippine service members revisited the site to do a post assessment of the new two-room school building and other needed restorations as part of the HCA project. 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. 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 and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
Don Joaquin Artuz Elementary continues impacting lives
A student conducts everyday activities at the Don Joaquin Artuz Memorial Elementary School one year after participating in Balikatan 2015 as a humanitarian civic assistance (HCA) site, in Tapaz, Philippines, March 31, 2016. U.S. and Philippine service members revisited the site to do a post assessment of the new two-room school building and other needed restorations as part of the HCA project. 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. 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 and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
U.S. Marines and Sailors arrive in Subic Bay, Philippines aboard United States Naval Ship Millinocket  in order to participate in Balikatan 2016 (BK 16) on March 30, 2016.  The purpose of BK 16 is to strengthen interoperability and partner-nation capabilities for the planning and execution of military operations, and advance regional security operations.
Balikatan 2016
U.S. Marines and Sailors arrive in Subic Bay, Philippines aboard United States Naval Ship Millinocket in order to participate in Balikatan 2016 (BK 16) on March 30, 2016. The purpose of BK 16 is to strengthen interoperability and partner-nation capabilities for the planning and execution of military operations, and advance regional security operations.
U.S. Marines and Sailors off-load an M998 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) from the United States Naval Ship Millinocket as they arrive in Subic Bay, Philippines in order to participate in Balikatan 2016 (BK 16) on March 30, 2016.  The purpose of BK 16 is to strengthen interoperability and partner-nation capabilities for the planning and execution of military operations, and advance regional security operations.
Balikatan 2016
U.S. Marines and Sailors off-load an M998 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) from the United States Naval Ship Millinocket as they arrive in Subic Bay, Philippines in order to participate in Balikatan 2016 (BK 16) on March 30, 2016. The purpose of BK 16 is to strengthen interoperability and partner-nation capabilities for the planning and execution of military operations, and advance regional security operations.
Philippine army soldier Cpl. Joey Canitan, engineer, assigned to the 552 Engineer Construction Battalion, flattens a layer of cement to help build a classroom for the Jaena Norte Elementary School, in Capiz, Philippines, during Exercise Balikatan, March 29, 2016. The construction project is one of multiple HCAs taking place during this year's exercise, designed to improve the quality of life for the local populace and strengthen the bond between our two nations. 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 and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
U.S. Air Force and Philippine Army build a school for Balikatan 2016
Philippine army soldier Cpl. Joey Canitan, engineer, assigned to the 552 Engineer Construction Battalion, flattens a layer of cement to help build a classroom for the Jaena Norte Elementary School, in Capiz, Philippines, during Exercise Balikatan, March 29, 2016. The construction project is one of multiple HCAs taking place during this year's exercise, designed to improve the quality of life for the local populace and strengthen the bond between our two nations. 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 and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
Philippine army soldier Pfc. Randy Quidores, engineer, assigned to the 552 Engineer Construction Battalion, welds a roof frame for a new classroom being built at the Jaena Norte Elementary School, in Capiz, Philippines, during Exercise Balikatan, March 29, 2016. The construction project is one of multiple HCAs taking place during this year's exercise, designed to improve the quality of life for the local populace and strengthen the bond between our two nations. 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 and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
U.S. Air Force and Philippine Army build a school for Balikatan 2016
Philippine army soldier Pfc. Randy Quidores, engineer, assigned to the 552 Engineer Construction Battalion, welds a roof frame for a new classroom being built at the Jaena Norte Elementary School, in Capiz, Philippines, during Exercise Balikatan, March 29, 2016. The construction project is one of multiple HCAs taking place during this year's exercise, designed to improve the quality of life for the local populace and strengthen the bond between our two nations. 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 and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

Balikatan is an annual Philippine-U.S. military bilateral training exercise that is a signature element of the Philippine-U.S. alliance focused on a variety of missions to include humanitarian assistance, maritime law enforcement, and environmental protection. Balikatan means "shoulder-to-shoulder," and characterizes the spirit of this bilateral Philippines-U.S. exercise. BK16 will take place in the Philippines April 4 to 16.

During BK 16, Philippine and U.S. service members will conduct humanitarian civil assistance projects throughout Panay and Palawan. Military service members from both countries will also conduct combined simulation supported events and operational events in three main commands of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and other major Philippine military camps such as Crow Valley, Fort Magsaysay, Clark Air Field, Subic Bay, Palawan and Panay to improve their ability to work together, partnering in capabilities and plan follow-on operations.

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 training that takes place during BK16 fosters mil-to-mil relationships and increases crisis response capability.