MARFORPAC commander reaffirms partnership, cooperation during visit to Philippines
By Staff Sgt. Christine E. Polvorosa
| | September 17, 2011
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 “to improve on the already close relationship the U.S. has with its Philippine ally.”
He added that cooperation between the nations is a direct reflection of their long history of working alongside, or rather “shoulder to shoulder,” with one another during Exercise Balikatan, which is an annual multilateral exercise held in the Philippines.
“Continuing to build and improve on our relationship,” Thiessen said, “is important in establishing the foundation for future cooperation.”
Thiessen wrapped up his visit with a tour of the famous Manila Hotel and a tour of Fort Santiago in historic Intramuros Manila.