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U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

In Any Clime and Place

MARFORPAC commander reaffirms partnership, cooperation during visit to Philippines

By Staff Sgt. Christine E. Polvorosa | | September 17, 2011

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Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, left, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, along with Maj. Gen. Renato David, vice commander of the Philippine Army, greet each soldier in formation during Thiessenfs visit to the Philippines, Sept. 15. During his visit, Thiessen met with the U.S. ambassador, U.S. and Filipino military officials, and component commanders from the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, left, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, along with Maj. Gen. Renato David, vice commander of the Philippine Army, greet each soldier in formation during Thiessenfs visit to the Philippines, Sept. 15. During his visit, Thiessen met with the U.S. ambassador, U.S. and Filipino military officials, and component commanders from the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Christine E. Polvorosa)


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Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, points to a wall of celebrity photos in the archives room during a tour of the Manila Hotel, Sept. 16. Thiessen visited the Philippines to meet with the U.S. ambassador, U.S. and Filipino military officials, and component commanders from the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, points to a wall of celebrity photos in the archives room during a tour of the Manila Hotel, Sept. 16. Thiessen visited the Philippines to meet with the U.S. ambassador, U.S. and Filipino military officials, and component commanders from the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Christine E. Polvorosa)


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A squad of Philippine Air Force airmen await the arrival of Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, at Villamor Air Base, Sept. 15. Thiessen visited the Philippines to meet with the U.S. ambassador, U.S. and Filipino military officials, and component commanders from the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

A squad of Philippine Air Force airmen await the arrival of Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, at Villamor Air Base, Sept. 15. Thiessen visited the Philippines to meet with the U.S. ambassador, U.S. and Filipino military officials, and component commanders from the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Christine E. Polvorosa)


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Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, left center, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, meets with Adm. Alexander Pama, flag officer in command of the Philippine Navy, and principal staff during a visit to the Philippine Navy headquarters, Sept. 14. Thiessen visited the Philippines to meet with the U.S. ambassador, U.S. and Filipino military officials, and component commanders from the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, left center, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, meets with Adm. Alexander Pama, flag officer in command of the Philippine Navy, and principal staff during a visit to the Philippine Navy headquarters, Sept. 14. Thiessen visited the Philippines to meet with the U.S. ambassador, U.S. and Filipino military officials, and component commanders from the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Christine E. Polvorosa)


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Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, right, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, presents a Marine Corps challenge coin to Maj. Gen. Oscar Rabena, commanding general of the Philippine Air Force, during a visit to the PHAF headquarters at Villamor Air Base, Sept. 15. Thiessen visited the Philippines to meet with the U.S. ambassador, U.S. and Filipino military officials, and component commanders from the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, right, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, presents a Marine Corps challenge coin to Maj. Gen. Oscar Rabena, commanding general of the Philippine Air Force, during a visit to the PHAF headquarters at Villamor Air Base, Sept. 15. Thiessen visited the Philippines to meet with the U.S. ambassador, U.S. and Filipino military officials, and component commanders from the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Christine E. Polvorosa)


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Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, signs the guest book as Maj. Gen. Rustico Guerrero, commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps, observes during Thiessenfs visit to the Philippine Marine Corps headquarters, Sept. 14. Thiessen visited the Philippines to meet with the U.S. ambassador, U.S. and Filipino military officials, and component commanders from the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, signs the guest book as Maj. Gen. Rustico Guerrero, commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps, observes during Thiessenfs visit to the Philippine Marine Corps headquarters, Sept. 14. Thiessen visited the Philippines to meet with the U.S. ambassador, U.S. and Filipino military officials, and component commanders from the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Christine E. Polvorosa)


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Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, writes notes prior to meeting with senior military officials from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Sept. 16. Thiessen visited the Philippines to meet with the U.S. ambassador, U.S. and Filipino military officials, and component commanders from the AFP.

Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, writes notes prior to meeting with senior military officials from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Sept. 16. Thiessen visited the Philippines to meet with the U.S. ambassador, U.S. and Filipino military officials, and component commanders from the AFP. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Christine E. Polvorosa)


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Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, center, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, along with U.S. personnel, renders honors during the playing of taps at the American Battle Monument and Cemetery in Metropolitan Manila, Sept. 14. Thiessen laid a wreath at the base of the monument in memory of U.S. and Philippine service members who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their countries. Thiessen visited the Philippines from Sept. 13 ? 17. During his visit, Thiessen met with the U.S. ambassador, U.S. and Filipino military officials, and component commanders from the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, center, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, along with U.S. personnel, renders honors during the playing of taps at the American Battle Monument and Cemetery in Metropolitan Manila, Sept. 14. Thiessen laid a wreath at the base of the monument in memory of U.S. and Philippine service members who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their countries. Thiessen visited the Philippines from Sept. 13 ? 17. During his visit, Thiessen met with the U.S. ambassador, U.S. and Filipino military officials, and component commanders from the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Christine E. Polvorosa)


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Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, right, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, meets with the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr., center, and deputy chief of mission, Leslie A. Bassett, at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Sept. 14. Thiessen visited the Philippines to meet with U.S. and Filipino military officials, and component commanders from the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, right, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, meets with the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr., center, and deputy chief of mission, Leslie A. Bassett, at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Sept. 14. Thiessen visited the Philippines to meet with U.S. and Filipino military officials, and component commanders from the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Christine E. Polvorosa)


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MANILA, Philippines -- MANILA, Philippines ? The commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, made an official visit to the Republic of the Philippines, Sept. 13 ? 17.

Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen met with the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, U.S. and Filipino military officials, and component commanders from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) during his stay.

Thiessen conveyed the purpose of his visit was gto improve on the already close relationship the U.S. has with its Philippine ally.h

He added that cooperation between the nations is a direct reflection of their long history of working alongside, or rather gshoulder to shoulder,h with one another during Exercise Balikatan, which is an annual multilateral exercise held in the Philippines.

gContinuing to build and improve on our relationship,h Thiessen said, gis important in establishing the foundation for future cooperation.h

Thiessen wrapped up his visit with a tour of the famous Manila Hotel and a tour of Fort Santiago in historic Intramuros Manila.