Photo By: Staff Sgt. Lyndel Johnson
Armed Forces of the Philippines Air Force Staff Sgt. Mary Grace, a member of the 5711 Security Forces Squadron, provides security as explosive ordinance disposal technicians from Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 investigate a fake improvised explosive device during a training evolution as a part of Exercise Balikatan 2012 (BK12) on April 13, 2012 at the AFP's Western Command Base in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Republic of the Philippines. BK12, in its 28th iteration, is an annual bilateral training exercise between the Republic of the Philippines and U.S. military members designed to build joint planning, contingency, humanitarian and disaster relief capabilities. MWSS-172 is part of Marine Wing Support Group 17, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. BK12 officially begins April 16, 2012.
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