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Convoy operation class keeps Philippines, US in gear

By Lance Cpl. Alyssa Hoffacker | | April 16, 2012

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Standing from left, Airman 1st Class Roman P. Dial, Airman 1st Class Tom Israel N. Navor, Airman 1st Class Anthony J. Jamolin, Tech. Sgt. Federico C. Samson, Airman 1st Class Pater J. V. Senorin, and 1st Lt. Aminkadra B. Abdula point at and discuss a mock convoy route during a convoy operations class on Antonio Bautista Air Base in Puerto Princesa, April 16, 2012 for Exercise Balikatan 2012. The class was instructed by U.S. Marine Capt. Max Foti and U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Jorge Gonzalezmancha from Marine Wing Support Squadron 172. BK12, in its 28th iteration, is a bilateral, joint exercise conducted annually between the U.S. and the Republic of the Philippines. MWSS-172 is with Marine Wing Support Group 17, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

Standing from left, Airman 1st Class Roman P. Dial, Airman 1st Class Tom Israel N. Navor, Airman 1st Class Anthony J. Jamolin, Tech. Sgt. Federico C. Samson, Airman 1st Class Pater J. V. Senorin, and 1st Lt. Aminkadra B. Abdula point at and discuss a mock convoy route during a convoy operations class on Antonio Bautista Air Base in Puerto Princesa, April 16, 2012 for Exercise Balikatan 2012. The class was instructed by U.S. Marine Capt. Max Foti and U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Jorge Gonzalezmancha from Marine Wing Support Squadron 172. BK12, in its 28th iteration, is a bilateral, joint exercise conducted annually between the U.S. and the Republic of the Philippines. MWSS-172 is with Marine Wing Support Group 17, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Alyssa Hoffacker)


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Armed Forces of the Philippines 1st Lt. Aminkadra B. Abdula points at a map, while AFP Airman 1st Class Roman P. Dial and Airman 1st Class Madrhar M. Jabbar listen during a convoy operations class on Antonio Bautista Air Base in Puerto Princesa, April 16, 2012 for Exercise Balikatan 2012. The class educated a group of Philippine airmen and was instructed by U.S. Marine Capt. Max Foti and U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Jorge A. Gonzalezmancha from Marine Wing Support Squadron 172. BK12 is a bilateral, joint exercise conducted annually between the Republic of the Philippines and U.S. military members. Abdula is the squadron commander of 5715th Motor Vehicle Squadron, Philippine Air Force. MWSS-172 is with Marine Wing Support Group 17, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

Armed Forces of the Philippines 1st Lt. Aminkadra B. Abdula points at a map, while AFP Airman 1st Class Roman P. Dial and Airman 1st Class Madrhar M. Jabbar listen during a convoy operations class on Antonio Bautista Air Base in Puerto Princesa, April 16, 2012 for Exercise Balikatan 2012. The class educated a group of Philippine airmen and was instructed by U.S. Marine Capt. Max Foti and U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Jorge A. Gonzalezmancha from Marine Wing Support Squadron 172. BK12 is a bilateral, joint exercise conducted annually between the Republic of the Philippines and U.S. military members. Abdula is the squadron commander of 5715th Motor Vehicle Squadron, Philippine Air Force. MWSS-172 is with Marine Wing Support Group 17, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Alyssa Hoffacker)


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Armed Forces of the Philippines Airmen 1st Class Peter J. V. Senorin asks questions to U.S. Marine Capt. Max Foti, while Tech. Sgt. Federico C. Samson and 1st Lt. Aminkadra B. Abdula listen during a convoy operations class on Antonio Bautista Air Base in Puerto Princesa, April 16, 2012 for Exercise Balikatan 2012. The class educated a group of Philippine airmen and was instructed by two U.S. Marines from Marine Wing Support Squadron 172. BK12, in its 28th iteration, is a bilateral, joint exercise conducted annually between the Republic of the Philippines and U.S. military members. Senorin is a vehicle operator with 5715th Motor Vehicle Squadron, Philippine Air Force. MWSS-172 is with Marine Wing Support Group 17, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

Armed Forces of the Philippines Airmen 1st Class Peter J. V. Senorin asks questions to U.S. Marine Capt. Max Foti, while Tech. Sgt. Federico C. Samson and 1st Lt. Aminkadra B. Abdula listen during a convoy operations class on Antonio Bautista Air Base in Puerto Princesa, April 16, 2012 for Exercise Balikatan 2012. The class educated a group of Philippine airmen and was instructed by two U.S. Marines from Marine Wing Support Squadron 172. BK12, in its 28th iteration, is a bilateral, joint exercise conducted annually between the Republic of the Philippines and U.S. military members. Senorin is a vehicle operator with 5715th Motor Vehicle Squadron, Philippine Air Force. MWSS-172 is with Marine Wing Support Group 17, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Alyssa Hoffacker)


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From left, U.S. Marine Capt. Max Foti, Armed Forces of the Philippines Capt. Max Foti, AFP Airman 1st Class Madrhar M. Jabbar, AFP Airman 1st Class Tom Israel N. Navor, AFP Sgt. Robert A. De Silva, AFP Airman 1st Class Roman P. Dial, AFP Airman 1st Class Pater J. V. Senorin, and AFP 1st Lt. Aminkadra B. Abdula share a laugh during a convoy operations class on Antonio Bautista Air Base in Puerto Princesa, April 16, 2012 for Exercise Balikatan 2012. BK12, in its 28th iteration, is a bilateral, joint exercise conducted annually between the U.S. and the Republic of the Philippines. The airmen are from various squadrons in the Philippine Air Force. Foti is from Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Wing Support Group 17, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

From left, U.S. Marine Capt. Max Foti, Armed Forces of the Philippines Capt. Max Foti, AFP Airman 1st Class Madrhar M. Jabbar, AFP Airman 1st Class Tom Israel N. Navor, AFP Sgt. Robert A. De Silva, AFP Airman 1st Class Roman P. Dial, AFP Airman 1st Class Pater J. V. Senorin, and AFP 1st Lt. Aminkadra B. Abdula share a laugh during a convoy operations class on Antonio Bautista Air Base in Puerto Princesa, April 16, 2012 for Exercise Balikatan 2012. BK12, in its 28th iteration, is a bilateral, joint exercise conducted annually between the U.S. and the Republic of the Philippines. The airmen are from various squadrons in the Philippine Air Force. Foti is from Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Wing Support Group 17, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Alyssa Hoffacker)


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PUERTO PRINCESA, Republic of the Philippines -- Armed Forces of the Philippines airmen learned convoy operations from U.S. Marines in a class on Antonio Bautista Air Base, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Republic of the Philippines April 16, 2012.

This course is just one of the many bilateral training opportunities that the both nations’ service members will take part in here during Exercise Balikatan 2012, which officially began April 16, 2012.

The class educated the Philippine airmen on convoy operations and techniques, and was taught by U.S. Marine Capt. Max Foti and U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Jorge A. Gonzalezmancha from Motor Transport Company (Motor-T Company), Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Wing Support Group 17, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

The Philippine airmen increased their knowledge of convoy operations which could prove to be useful in future endeavors.

“I learned a lot, like maintaining good distance and checkpoints,” said Airmen 1st Class Israel N. Navor, a vehicle operator and mechanic with 5715th Motor Vehicle Squadron (MVS), Philippine Air Force (PAF). “This helps me as a driver.”

The class covered many topics that train the airmen how to effectively and safely carry-out a convoy, especially in a dangerous area, said Capt. Max Foti, the Motor-T Company commander for MWSS-172.

“I learned about good distances between vehicles, checkpoints, the importance of communication and how to position gunners,” said Sgt. Robert A. De Silva, an armorer with 5714th Supply Squadron, PAF.

Halfway through the class, Foti and Gonzalezmancha directed the airmen to come up with a mock route and use the knowledge they had gained so far. Gonzalezmancha is the truck master with Motor-T Co.

“We realized they didn’t have advanced knowledge in convoy operations, but they definitely proved to retain most everything we taught them,” said Foti. “They did a great job making a route and designating positions for the convoy.”

Even with a language barrier, the Marines and Philippine airmen were able to comprehend one another and even spent part of the class laughing with each other.

“[The] convoy seminar is very important, especially [since] we are involved with vehicles,” said AFP Staff Sgt. Simeon B. Bañares, a vehicle operator and mechanic with 5715th MVS, PAF. “I liked the explanation from Capt. Foti. It was very clear. I learned a lot, especially the techniques on how to communicate and proper distance.”

BK12, in its 28th iteration, is a bilateral, joint exercise conducted annually between the Republic of the Philippines and U.S. military members.

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