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U.S. service members and local community members play basketball at Margen Elementary School in Ormoc, Leyte, May 2, 2017, as part of building camaraderie during Balikatan 2017. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.
Local fans cheer during a community basketball game with U.S. service members at Margen Elementary School in Ormoc, Leyte, May 2, 2017. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.
U.S. military service members, AFP service members and Filipino residents play basketball at Margen Elementary School in Ormoc, Leyte, May 2, 2017, as part of building camaraderie during Balikatan 2017. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.
A little girl waves Philippine and U.S. flags during a basketball game at a Balikatan 2017 community relations event, at Margen Elementary School in Ormoc, Leyte, May 2, 2017. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.
U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Johnathan Nutt presents a new backpack to a local student during a community event at Margen Elementary School in Ormoc, Leyte, May 2, 2017, as part of Balikatan 2017. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.
Philippine and U.S. service members present backpacks to excited children during a community relations event in support of Balikatan 2017 at Margen Elementary School in Ormoc, Leyte, May 2, 2017. U.S. military and Armed Forces of the Philippines service members hosted a community event for Ormoc City residents and closed with a community building event to boost camaraderie. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.
A little girl peeks inside a notebook during a community relations event in support of Balikatan 2017 at Margen Elementary School in Ormoc, Leyte, May 2, 2017. Community relations events with local communities help build relationships with locals to increase response time during a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief situation. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.
Philippine Army Col. Tony Florendo speaks to U.S. Soldiers about Balikatan 2017 at Fort Magsaysay in Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija, May 3, 2017. Florendo is the garrison commander of Fort Ramon Magsaysay. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.
Philippine Army Col. Tony Florendo speaks to U.S. Soldiers about Balikatan 2017 at Fort Magsaysay in Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija, May 3, 2017. Florendo is the garrison commander of Fort Ramon Magsaysay. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.
Philippine Army Col. Tony Florendo briefs U.S. Soldiers about Balikatan 2017 at Fort Magsaysay in Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija, May 3, 2017. Florendo is the garrison commander of Fort Magsaysay. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.
U.S. Marine Master Sgt. Richard Arias, right, and members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines review their plan to create a simulated-expeditionary airstrip during a subject matter expert exchange for Balikatan 2017 at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, May 3, 2017. Arias is a geospatial intelligence chief with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism and other combined military operations.
U.S. Marine Master Sgt. Richard Arias, left, and members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines review their plan to create a simulated-expeditionary airstrip during a subject matter expert exchange for Balikatan at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, May 3, 2017. Arias is a geospatial intelligence chief with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.
U.S. Marine Cpl. Payton Imrie and members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines execute their simulated-expeditionary airstrip plan during a subject matter expert exchange for Balikatan at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, May 3, 2017. Imrie is a special intelligence systems administrator and communicator with 3rd Radio Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.
Brian Duenas and U.S. Marine Cpl. Payton Imrie review their plan to create a simulated-expeditionary airstrip during a subject matter expert exchange for Balikatan at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, May 3, 2017. Duenas is an analyst with Geospatial Intelligence Group, Armed Forces of the Philippines and Imrie is a special intelligence systems administrator and communicator with 3rd Radio Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.
U.S. Marine Master Sgt. Richard Arias and Armed Forces of the Philippines Tech. Sgt. Celestino T. Anter, Jr. discuss a simulated-expeditionary airstrip during a subject matter expert exchange for Balikatan at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, May 3, 2017. Arias is a geospatial intelligence chief with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific and Anter is a chief clerk of intelligence service, Geospatial Intelligence Group, Armed Forces of the Philippines. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.
Philippine Soldiers and U.S. service members hosted a disaster preparedness symposium during Balikatan 2017 in Ormoc City, Leyte, May 2, 2017. The Armed Forces of the Philippines along with representatives from Japan Self-Defense Force, Australian Defense Force, and U.S. military worked with a local barangay to improve health conditions and disaster preparedness. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.
Philippine Soldiers and U.S. service members hosted a disaster preparedness symposium during Balikatan 2017 in Ormoc City, Leyte, May 2, 2017. The Armed Forces of the Philippines along with representatives from Japan Self-Defense Force, Australian Defense Force, and U.S. military worked with a local barangay to improve health conditions and disaster preparedness. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.
Philippine Soldiers and U.S. service members hosted a disaster preparedness symposium during Balikatan 2017 in Ormoc City, Leyte, May 2, 2017. The Armed Forces of the Philippines along with representatives from Japan Self-Defense Force, Australian Defence Force, and U.S. military worked with a local barangay to improve health conditions and disaster preparedness. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.
Filipino children pose for a photo at a disaster preparedness symposium during Balikatan 2017 in Ormoc City, Leyte, May 2, 2017. The Armed Forces of the Philippines along with representatives from Japan Self-Defense Force, Australian Defence Force, and U.S. military worked with a local barangay to improve health conditions and disaster preparedness. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.
Philippine Soldiers prepare rice for a Boodle Fight at a disaster preparedness symposium during Balikatan 2017 in Ormoc City, Leyte, May 2, 2017. A Boodle Fight is a communal meal and Philippine military tradition to symbolize unity and camaraderie. The Armed Forces of the Philippines along with representatives from Japan Self-Defense Force, Australian Defence Force, and U.S. military worked with a local barangay to improve health conditions and disaster preparedness. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.