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In Any Clime and Place

Events bring Philippine, U.S. forces together with Crow Valley community

By Cpl. Vanessa American Horse | | April 24, 2012

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Jacob Laurel, 9, swings on a tire recently hung by Armed Forces of the Philippines and U. S. service members in his village of Santa Juliana, April 23. Together with villagers and Armed Forces of the Philippines service members, Marines repaired two water pumps, hung tire swings in common areas, renovated the schoolhouse and donated books and school supplies to children in need during Exercise Balikatan 2012. Balikatan, which means "shoulder to shoulder" in Filipino, is an annual training event aimed at improving combined planning, combat readiness, humanitarian assistance and interoperability between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and United States

Jacob Laurel, 9, swings on a tire recently hung by Armed Forces of the Philippines and U. S. service members in his village of Santa Juliana, April 23. Together with villagers and Armed Forces of the Philippines service members, Marines repaired two water pumps, hung tire swings in common areas, renovated the schoolhouse and donated books and school supplies to children in need during Exercise Balikatan 2012. Balikatan, which means "shoulder to shoulder" in Filipino, is an annual training event aimed at improving combined planning, combat readiness, humanitarian assistance and interoperability between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and United States (Photo by Cpl. Vanessa American Horse)


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U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Heidebelle Queddeng, field medical corpsman, Combat Logistics Battalion 3, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, helps serve a community meal to Santa Juliana villagers in the local multi-purpose room April 22. Together villagers, Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. service members repaired two water pumps, hung tire swings in common areas, renovated the local schoolhouse and donated books and school supplies to children in need during Exercise Balikatan 2012. Balikatan, which means "shoulder to shoulder" in Filipino, is an annual training event aimed at improving combined planning, combat readiness, humanitarian assistance and interoperability between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and United States.

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Heidebelle Queddeng, field medical corpsman, Combat Logistics Battalion 3, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, helps serve a community meal to Santa Juliana villagers in the local multi-purpose room April 22. Together villagers, Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. service members repaired two water pumps, hung tire swings in common areas, renovated the local schoolhouse and donated books and school supplies to children in need during Exercise Balikatan 2012. Balikatan, which means "shoulder to shoulder" in Filipino, is an annual training event aimed at improving combined planning, combat readiness, humanitarian assistance and interoperability between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and United States. (Photo by Cpl. Vanessa American Horse)


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U.S. Marines participating in Exercise Balikatan 2012 repair a school in the Santa Juliana Village as children watch, April 23. Together villagers, Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. service members repaired two water pumps, hung tire swings in common areas, renovated the local schoolhouse and donated books and school supplies to children in need during Balikatan, which means "shoulder to shoulder" in Filipino. BK12 is an annual training event aimed at improving combined planning, combat readiness, humanitarian assistance and interoperability between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and United States.

U.S. Marines participating in Exercise Balikatan 2012 repair a school in the Santa Juliana Village as children watch, April 23. Together villagers, Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. service members repaired two water pumps, hung tire swings in common areas, renovated the local schoolhouse and donated books and school supplies to children in need during Balikatan, which means "shoulder to shoulder" in Filipino. BK12 is an annual training event aimed at improving combined planning, combat readiness, humanitarian assistance and interoperability between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and United States. (Photo by Cpl. Vanessa American Horse)


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U.S. service members participating in Exercise Balikatan 2012 pass out new shoes to students at a local schoolhouse in the village of Santa Juliana, April 23. Together villagers, Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. service members repaired two water pumps, hung tire swings in common areas, renovated the local schoolhouse and donated books and school supplies to children in need during Exercise Balikatan 2012. Balikatan, which means "shoulder to shoulder" in Filipino, is an annual training event aimed at improving combined planning, combat readiness, humanitarian assistance and interoperability between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and United States.

U.S. service members participating in Exercise Balikatan 2012 pass out new shoes to students at a local schoolhouse in the village of Santa Juliana, April 23. Together villagers, Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. service members repaired two water pumps, hung tire swings in common areas, renovated the local schoolhouse and donated books and school supplies to children in need during Exercise Balikatan 2012. Balikatan, which means "shoulder to shoulder" in Filipino, is an annual training event aimed at improving combined planning, combat readiness, humanitarian assistance and interoperability between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and United States. (Photo by Cpl. Vanessa American Horse)


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U.S. Navy Lt. Gary W. Foshee (second from right), command chaplain, Combat Logistics Battalion 3, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, tells a bible story to Santa Juliana villagers during a worship service held in the local multipurpose room, April 22. Together members of the village, Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. service members repaired two water pumps, hung tire swings in common areas, renovated the local schoolhouse and donated books and school supplies to children in need during Exercise Balikatan 2012. Balikatan, which means "shoulder to shoulder" in Filipino, is an annual training event aimed at improving combined planning, combat readiness, humanitarian assistance and interoperability between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and United States.

U.S. Navy Lt. Gary W. Foshee (second from right), command chaplain, Combat Logistics Battalion 3, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, tells a bible story to Santa Juliana villagers during a worship service held in the local multipurpose room, April 22. Together members of the village, Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. service members repaired two water pumps, hung tire swings in common areas, renovated the local schoolhouse and donated books and school supplies to children in need during Exercise Balikatan 2012. Balikatan, which means "shoulder to shoulder" in Filipino, is an annual training event aimed at improving combined planning, combat readiness, humanitarian assistance and interoperability between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and United States. (Photo by Cpl. Vanessa American Horse)


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U.S. Navy Lt. Gary W. Foshee, command chaplain, Combat Logistics Battalion 3, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, baptizes members of the Philippine Marine Corps during a worship service held in the local multipurpose room April 22. Together villagers, Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. service members repaired two water pumps, hung tire swings in common areas, renovated the local schoolhouse and donated books and school supplies to children in need during Exercise Balikatan 2012. Balikatan, which means "shoulder to shoulder" in Filipino, is an annual training event aimed at improving combined planning, combat readiness, humanitarian assistance and interoperability between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and United States.

U.S. Navy Lt. Gary W. Foshee, command chaplain, Combat Logistics Battalion 3, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, baptizes members of the Philippine Marine Corps during a worship service held in the local multipurpose room April 22. Together villagers, Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. service members repaired two water pumps, hung tire swings in common areas, renovated the local schoolhouse and donated books and school supplies to children in need during Exercise Balikatan 2012. Balikatan, which means "shoulder to shoulder" in Filipino, is an annual training event aimed at improving combined planning, combat readiness, humanitarian assistance and interoperability between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and United States. (Photo by Cpl. Vanessa American Horse)


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CROW VALLEY, Philippines -- While supporting Exercise Balikatan 2012 in Crow Valley, Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. forces reached out to the local community of Santa Juliana in several ways.

Command chaplains U.S. Navy Lts. Gary W. Foshee, Combat Logistics Battalion 3, Marine Corps Base Hawaii; Kevin S. Wilkinson, Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Marine Division; and Steven Mayfield, Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, organized a series of events to build community relations with locals while the AFP and U.S. forces fostered relationships through bilateral training, April 16-27.

“It’s been a great honor to work side by side with the villagers and the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” Foshee said. “The local villagers are descendants from the Aeta Tribe, one of the original indigenous tribes of the Philippines.”

Together with local villagers, AFP and U.S. service members repaired two water pumps, hung tire swings in common areas, renovated the local schoolhouse and donated books and school supplies to children in need.

A worship service was held in the community where approximately 100 AFP service members and villagers came to sing, listen to scripture and be baptized, if desired. After the service, a community meal was shared and a health class was given on proper hygiene techniques, such as hand washing and treatment of wounds, from U.S. Navy medical personnel.

“I look forward to when the Americans come each year,” said Christiana Carnate, 13, of the village. “It brings everybody together and makes people happy. It’s cool to see them with (AFP service members). I feel proud to be a part of this, and I’m glad they spend time with us.”

Throughout the week, U.S. Marines and sailors played basketball games with different AFP teams. The Filipino teams looked professional in matching jerseys, and their skills impressed onlookers, while the competitive environment helped strengthen the bond between service members of both forces.

“This experience boosted everyone’s morale,” said U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Michael D. Anderson, supply officer, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. “It’s awesome to know that sports, such as basketball, can bring groups (from different cultures) together. I personally enjoyed myself and would encourage others to make a positive impact in the community. This was a great opportunity for all military members involved.”

After each event, hugs, handshakes and high fives were exchanged between the groups and smiles on the faces of those involved reflected the bond that had formed.

“I’m glad I got to be a part of the community relations here,” said U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Ferdinand A. Tapaoan, a Philippine native and medical logistics specialist with Medical Logistics Platoon, Combat Logistics Regiment 35. “We’re sharing our blessings with them, and they get to see that we’re lending a hand. Some of the children here have never seen (U.S. service members) and to watch us work hand-in-hand with their military (illustrates the Philippine-U.S. partnership).”

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