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In Any Clime and Place

New road ensures civilian safety during Balikatan exercise

By Spc. Matthew Sissel | U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific | May 07, 2014

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Philippine Air Force Lt. Col. Romell Allan P. Genete, right, the group commander of the 790th Air Base Group, walks with U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 3 Keith W. Earhart, left, and U. S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Mark D. McLaughlin, center, to observe a road construction project in preparation for Balikatan 2014 at Crow Valley, Philippines May 4, 2014. The two nation’s militaries will participate in the exercise to increase interoperability and reinforce mission readiness. Earhart and McLaughlin are assigned to 3rd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

Philippine Air Force Lt. Col. Romell Allan P. Genete, right, the group commander of the 790th Air Base Group, walks with U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 3 Keith W. Earhart, left, and U. S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Mark D. McLaughlin, center, to observe a road construction project in preparation for Balikatan 2014 at Crow Valley, Philippines May 4, 2014. The two nation’s militaries will participate in the exercise to increase interoperability and reinforce mission readiness. Earhart and McLaughlin are assigned to 3rd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Joey Holeman)


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Service members from the Philippine Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps survey a construction project aimed toward building a new road for safety considerations in Crow Valley, Philippines, May 5, 2014. The road was completed the opening day of Balikatan 2014. Balikatan is an annual training exercise that strengthens the interoperability between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. military in their commitment to regional security and stability, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Service members from the Philippine Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps survey a construction project aimed toward building a new road for safety considerations in Crow Valley, Philippines, May 5, 2014. The road was completed the opening day of Balikatan 2014. Balikatan is an annual training exercise that strengthens the interoperability between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. military in their commitment to regional security and stability, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. (Photo by Spc. Matthew Sissel)


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A U.S. Marine directs a bulldozer during a road building operation with the Philippine Air Force during the opening days of Balikatan 2014 in Crow Valley, Philippines, May 5, 2014. Balikatan is an annual training exercise that strengthens the interoperability between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. military in their commitment to regional security and stability, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

A U.S. Marine directs a bulldozer during a road building operation with the Philippine Air Force during the opening days of Balikatan 2014 in Crow Valley, Philippines, May 5, 2014. Balikatan is an annual training exercise that strengthens the interoperability between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. military in their commitment to regional security and stability, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. (Photo by Spc. Matthew Sissel)


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Philippine Air Force Lt. Col. Romell Allan P. Genete, left, the group commander of the 790th Air Base Group, discusses road construction operations with U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 3 Keith W. Earhart, center, and U. S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Mark D. McLaughlin, right, May 4, 2014, at Crow Valley, Philippines. The Philippine Air Force will team up with U.S. Marines to help relieve traffic hazards outside a major training area of Balikatan 2014. The two nation’s militaries will participate in the exercise to increase interoperability and reinforce mission readiness. Earhart and McLaughlin are assigned to 3rd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

Philippine Air Force Lt. Col. Romell Allan P. Genete, left, the group commander of the 790th Air Base Group, discusses road construction operations with U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 3 Keith W. Earhart, center, and U. S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Mark D. McLaughlin, right, May 4, 2014, at Crow Valley, Philippines. The Philippine Air Force will team up with U.S. Marines to help relieve traffic hazards outside a major training area of Balikatan 2014. The two nation’s militaries will participate in the exercise to increase interoperability and reinforce mission readiness. Earhart and McLaughlin are assigned to 3rd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Joey Holeman)


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Philippine Air Force Lt. Col. Romell Allan P. Genete, center, the group commander of the 790th Air Base Group, discusses road construction operations with U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 3 Keith W. Earhart, right, and U. S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Mark D. McLaughlin, left, May 4, 2014, at Crow Valley, Philippines. The Philippine Air Force will team up with U.S. Marines to help relieve traffic hazards outside a major training area of Balikatan 2014. The two nation’s militaries will participate in the exercise to increase interoperability and reinforce mission readiness. Earhart and McLaughlin are assigned to 3rd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

Philippine Air Force Lt. Col. Romell Allan P. Genete, center, the group commander of the 790th Air Base Group, discusses road construction operations with U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 3 Keith W. Earhart, right, and U. S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Mark D. McLaughlin, left, May 4, 2014, at Crow Valley, Philippines. The Philippine Air Force will team up with U.S. Marines to help relieve traffic hazards outside a major training area of Balikatan 2014. The two nation’s militaries will participate in the exercise to increase interoperability and reinforce mission readiness. Earhart and McLaughlin are assigned to 3rd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Joey Holeman)


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CROW VALLEY, Philippines -- During the opening days of Balikatan 2014, the Philippine Air Force and U.S. Marines worked together to build a road, here, May 5.

The road was built to ensure the safety of local residents during live-fire exercises by circumventing areas used for combined military training.

U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Jason Small, a heavy equipment operator with 3rd Maintenance Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, stationed in Okinawa, Japan, and a Brooklyn, N.Y., native, said Balikatan 2014 was a great training opportunity for both nations and a benefit to local residents.

“Building the road is great training and it helps the local population,” said Small. “I think the Filipinos get a lot out of it and it improves our relationship with them.”

Balikatan is an annual training exercise that strengthens the interoperability between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. military in their commitment to regional security and stability, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
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