Service members build up local school during Balikatan 2015
A schoolgirl reads to U.S. Marine Capt. Paul Brashier, a civil affairs Marine assigned to III Marine Expeditionary Force, following a mural painting project at Don Joaquin Artuz Memorial Elementary School in Tapaz, Philippines, during Balikatan 2015, April 23. The mural, undertaken by the local schoolchildren, was a
project of the Combined-Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force on the island of Panay.
Armed Forces of the Philippines Engineers, along with U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy Seabees, are constructing a two classroom building at the school. Balikatan, which means “shoulder to shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, humanitarian assistance
and disaster relief operations.