U.S. Pacific Command

 

U.S. and Philippine forces conclude Exercise Balikatan

CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines (Apr. 30, 2015) - From left to right: U.S. Marine Lt. Gen John A. Toolan, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific and U.S. exercise director for Balikatan 2015; Attorney Pio Lorenzo F. Batino, Undersecretary for Defense Policy, Philippine Department of National Defense; Ms. Jo Ann E. Scandola, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Manila; Gen. Gregorio Pio P. Catapang, Jr., Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff; and Vice Adm. Alexander S. Lopez, AFP exercise director for BK15, celebrate the end of the exercise with a closing ceremony. Balikatan, which means "shoulder-to-shoulder" in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise between U.S. and Philippine forces improving security cooperation activities, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities, and crisis response throughout the region. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Allen) 150430-F-YN203-074

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