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Capt. William Oren and Maj. Ferdinand Liwag prepare for takeoff during Balikatan here May 12, 2014. Senior service members of the PAF rode in the front seat of the Cobra to compare how Marines conduct flight operations versus themselves. Balikatan, in its 30th iteration, is a bilateral exercise between the U.S. and the Republic of the Philippines and aims at building both nations interoperability during joint planning, contingency, humanitarian and disaster relief operations. Oren is an AH-1W attack pilot with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing under the Unit Deployment Program. Liwag is a McDonnell Douglas 520 Military Gunship pilot with the 18th Attack Squadron, 15th Strike Wing. The Super Cobra is with HMLA-469, MAG-12, 1st MAW.
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U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Lorenzo Hernandez, left, and Philippines Marine Corps Sgt. Richard Olegario, right, work together to fill a Philippine Marines water truck April 30, 2014 in Crow Valley, Philippines. Olegario, who is assigned to Service Support Battalion with the Philippine Marines, drove two hours to fill up on potable water for their base camp’s galley. Hernandez, a Santa Rosa Ca., native, is the assistant utilities chief for 3rd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The battalion is the Combat Logistic Element for Balikatan 2014. The exercise will be bilateral in nature and will focus to improve interoperability between the U.S. military and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
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U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Lorenzo Hernandez, left, and Philippines Marine Corps Sgt. Richard Olegario, right, work together to fill a Philippine Marines water truck April 30, 2014 in Crow Valley, Philippines. Olegario, who is assigned to Service Support Battalion with the Philippine Marines, drove two hours to fill up on potable water for their base camp’s galley. Hernandez, a Santa Rosa Ca., native, is the assistant utilities chief for 3rd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The battalion is the Combat Logistic Element for Balikatan 2014. The exercise will be bilateral in nature and will focus to improve interoperability between the U.S. military and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
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U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Nyeme M. Baker, a metal worker attached to 3rd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, uses a blow torch to assist Philippine Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Mamerto B. Tuddao, a combat engineer assigned to Combat Engineer Company, Service Support Battalion, Combat Service Support Brigade, in cutting holes in a 55- gallon drum barrel May 2, 2014 in Crow Valley, Philippines. The two nation’s militaries are working together during Exercise Balikatan 2014, which officially begins May 5, 2014. The exercise will focus on improving military-to-military relations along with increasing the interoperability between the two nations. The U.S. Marines assigned to 3rd Maintenance Battalion are the Logistics Combat Element for the exercise.
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Philippine National Police chief Jesus Martirez, right, talks with U.S. service members about the impact of the construction projects May 6 during a site tour in Guinobatan, Albay province, Philippines. The tour was held to allow key community and military leaders to view engineering civic action program sites during Exercise Balikatan. This year marks the 30th iteration of the exercise, which is an annual Philippines-U.S. military bilateral training exercise and humanitarian civic assistance engagement. Martirez is the Philippine National Police Community Relations Chief in regional headquarters.
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A U.S. Special Operations Forces Soldier prepares for a combined field training exercise with Philippine SOF at Fort Magsaysay, Philippines, May 10, 2014. Philippine, Australian and U.S. Special Operations Forces have been training together over the past two weeks during Balikatan 2014. The Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. have had a long-standing relationship and welcome the Australian Defence Force’s increasing participation in Balikatan.
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Philippine and U.S. Special Operations Forces Soldiers conduct a combined field training exercise at Fort Magsaysay, Philippines, May 10, 2014. Philippine, Australian and U.S. Special Operations Forces have been training together over the past two weeks during Balikatan 2014. The Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. have had a long-standing relationship and welcome the Australian Defence Force’s increasing participation in Balikatan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Pete Thibodeau/Released)
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Philippine Air Force Pfc. Neil Buhay, right, and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Adriane Hackley place an electric conduit tube May 2 in Guinobatan, Albay province, Philippines. The project is one of five engineering civic action program missions being completed as a part of Balikatan. This year marks the 30th iteration of the exercise, which is an annual bilateral training exercise and humanitarian civic assistance engagement designed to strengthen the partnership between the two allied nations. Buhay is assigned to 355th Aviation Air Wing, and Hackley is assigned to 84th Engineer Battalion.
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U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Kenneth Fincanon, left, and a member of the Philippine Army spread mortar May 2 in Guinobatan, Albay province, Philippines. The project is one of five engineering civic action program missions being completed as a part of Balikatan. This year marks the 30th iteration of the exercise, which is an annual bilateral training exercise and humanitarian civic assistance engagement designed to strengthen the partnership between the two allied nations. Fincanon is assigned to 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
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Philippine Army Lt. Col. Erwin A. Alea, left, assistant chief of staff of civil military operations, with 8th Infantry Division, Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City and Australian Army Father Bryan Pipins, right, SJ, chaplain, with 1st Armoured Regiment, stationed at Robertson Barracks, Darwin, Australia, converse during a cooperative health engagement during Balikatan 2014 at Fishermans Village Elementary School, Tacloban, Republic of the Philippines, May 10, 2014. The Armed Forces Philippines and U.S. have had a long-standing relationship and welcome the Australian Defence Forces increasing participation in Balikatan.
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U.S. Navy HM2 Christopher Marsh, corpsman, with 1st Marine Division, stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif., plays basketball with local Philippine children during a cooperative health engagement during Balikatan 2014 at Fishermans Village Elementary School, Tacloban, Republic of the Philippines, May 10, 2014. The Armed Forces Philippines and U.S. have had a long-standing relationship and welcome the Australian Defence Forces increasing participation in Balikatan.
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U.S. Army Maj. Kathleen Flocke, family practice doctor, with 97th Civil Affairs Battalion surgeon, Fort Bragg, N.C., examines a patient's wound during a cooperative health engagement during Balikatan 2014 at Fishermans Village Elementary School, Tacloban, Republic of the Philippines, May 10, 2014. The Armed Forces Philippines and U.S. have had a long-standing relationship and welcome the Australian Defence Forces increasing participation in Balikatan.
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Philippine Armed Forces members, Philippine civilians, Royal Australian Defence Force members and U.S. Service members unload from a C-130 with medical supplies during Balikatan 2014 at Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport, Tacloban, Republic of the Philippines, May 10, 2014. The Armed Forces Philippines and U.S. have had a long-standing relationship and Australian welcome the Defence Forces increasing participation in Balikatan.
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Philippine Armed Forces members, Philippine civilians, Royal Australian Defence Force members and U.S. Service members fly in a C-130 to Tacloban during Balikatan 2014 from the Legazpi airport, Legazpi city, Republic of the Philippines, May 10, 2014. The Armed Forces Philippines and U.S. have had a long-standing relationship and welcome the Australian Defence Forces increasing participation in Balikatan.
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Philippine Navy HM2 Edgar C. Dolor, corpsman, with Headquarters Philippine Navy, stationed at Naval Station Jose Andrada, looks out as Philippine Armed Forces members, Philippine civilians, Royal Australian Defence Force members and U.S. Service members board a C-130 after completing a cooperative health engagement during Balikatan 2014 at Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport, Tacloban, Republic of the Philippines, May 10, 2014. The Armed Forces Philippines and U.S. have had a long-standing relationship and Australian welcome the Defence Forces increasing participation in Balikatan.
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Philippine Army Col. Generoso Bolina gives his opening remarks May 5 during a medical supply turnover ceremony in Bigaa, Albay province, Philippines. The ceremony was held to officially present medical supplies to Barangay Bigaa as a part of the humanitarian civic assistance program during Exercise Balikatan. This year marks the 30th iteration of the exercise, which is an annual Philippines-U.S. military bilateral training exercise and humanitarian civic assistance engagement. Bolina is the deputy commander of Joint Civil Military Operations Task Force, Armed Forces of the Philippines.
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