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MANILA, Philippines - U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Eric M. Smith, commanding general, III Marine Expeditionary Force, speaks during a press conference after the Exercise Balikatan closing ceremony held at Tejeros Hall, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City, Manila, Philippines, April 12, 2019. The ceremony represented the official conclusion of Balikatan 2019 and showed that the United States and the Republic of the Philippines continue to stand “shoulder-to-shoulder.” Exercise Balikatan focused on a variety of missions including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.


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