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Today the Philippines celebrates their #DayOfValor in remembrance of the fall of Bataan during World War II. 74 years later, the Philippine-U.S. relationship is still strong standing #shouldertoshoulder. #ArawNgKagitingan
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Cybersecurity training

Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines attend a briefing on cybersecurity and risk management during Balikatan 2017 at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, May 16, 2017. The focus group is part of a four-day cyber security subject matter expert exchange between AFP and U.S. military members designed to discuss information on the fundamentals of cybersecurity and network risk management.

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Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

Philippine, U.S. Soldiers care for wounded role players during a simulated mass casualty scenario in support of Balikatan 2017 on the island of Calayan May 16, 2017. By training together the Philippine and U.S. military build upon shared tactics, techniques, and procedures that enhance readiness and response capabilities to natural disasters.

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Philippine, U.S. service members demonstrate CMA-S during Balikatan

Service members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. Military practice Civil Military Assistance from the Sea (CMA-S) as part of humanitarian assistance disaster relief training during Balikatan 2017 near Casiguran, Aurora, May 15, 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. Air Force video by Staff Sgt. Michael Mason)

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Armed Forces of the Philippines Maj. Gen. Herminigildo Aquino, left, AFP Gen. Eduardo M. Año, the Honorable Ambassador Sung Y. Kim, Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana, Under Secretary Ariel Y. Abadilla, AFP Lt. Gen. Oscar T. Lactao, and U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Brian Cavanaugh stand “shoulder-to-shoulder” and shake hands during the Balikatan 2017 closing ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, May 19, 2017. Aquino is the Philippine assistance exercise director. Año is the Chief of ...Staff of the AFP. Kim is the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines. Lorenzana is the Philippine Secretary of National Defense. Abadilla is the Philippine Undersecretary for Civilian Security and Consular Concerns. Lactao is the Philippine exercise director for Balikatan. Cavanaugh is the deputy commander of 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. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

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Philippine, U.S. CBRN training

Philippine and U.S. service members with explosive ordinance disposal and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear units demonstrate how to wear a chemical protection suit during a class on catastrophic chemical accidents in support of Balikatan 2017 at Fort Magsaysay in Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija, May 16, 2017. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions including humanitarian and disa...ster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.

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Philippine Soldiers and medical volunteers provide medical care to community

Philippine Soldiers and health volunteers provide medical and dental care at Jaguimitan, City of Passi, Iloilo, May 13, 2017. The mission provided free healthcare services to the surrounding barangays and informed the community about Balikatan 2017.

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Underwater construction

Philippine and U.S. Sailors with underwater construction teams prepare to dive in support of Balikatan 2017 at Ipil Port in Ormoc City, Leyte, May 15, 2017. The dive training prepares Philippine and U.S. service members to clear debris in ports and open up supply lines for victims of natural disasters and crises. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions including humanitarian and disaster relie...f, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.

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U.S. service members clean up a worksite during an engineering civic assistance project in support of Balikatan 2017 in Ormoc City, Leyte, May 13, 2017. Service members with the Armed Force of the Philippines, Australian Defence Force and U.S. military worked together to build new classrooms for students at Margen Elementary School.

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Building friendships

Philippine Army and U.S. Marines build friendships during an engineering civic assistance project in support of Balikatan 2017 in Ormoc City, Leyte, May 14, 2017. Philippine and U.S. service members worked together to build new classrooms for students at Don Carlos Elementary School.

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Balikatan provides aid during mass casualty drill

Philippine and U.S service members worked alongside volunteer personnel to demonstrate disaster response and medical capabilities during a simulated mass casualty response in support of Balikatan 2017 on Calayan Island, May 16, 2017. By training together the Philippine and U.S. military build upon shared tactics, techniques, and procedures that enhance readiness and response capabilities to emerging threats. 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.

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Philippine and U.S. Soldiers conduct water survival training during Balikatan 2017 at Fort Magsaysay in Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija, May 9, 2017. By training together the Philippine and U.S. military build upon shared tactics, techniques, and procedures that enhance readiness and response capabilities to emerging threats. 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.

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Building classrooms

Philippine and U.S. service members continue working on an engineering civic assistance project in support of Balikatan 2017 in Ormoc City, Leyte, May 12, 2017. Philippine and U.S. service members worked together to build new classrooms for students at Don Carlos Elementary School.

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Humanitarian Assistance ... Disaster Relief

U.S. Soldiers, Hawaii National Guard, evacuate a role player during a simulated mass casualty scenario in support of Balikatan 2017 on the island of Calayan May 16, 2017.By training together the Philippine and U.S. military build upon shared tactics, techniques, and procedures that enhance readiness and response capabilities to natural disasters. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variet...y of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.

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Soldiers on patrol

Philippine and U.S. Soldiers provide security during counterterrorism training in support of Balikatan 2017 at Fort Magsaysay in Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija, May 12, 2017. By training together, the Philippine and U.S. military build upon shared tactics, techniques, and procedures that enhance readiness and response capabilities to emerging threats. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions including huma...nitarian and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.

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Jungle survival training

A Philippine Special Forces Soldier shows U.S. Soldiers a basket made from plant fibers during a subject matter expert exchange in support of Balikatan 2017 at Fort Magsaysay in Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija, May 13, 2017. U.S. Soldiers trained with Philippine Special Forces to understand the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ techniques for operating in a jungle environment.

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"Kami ay nagpapasalamat sa pagkakaroon ng gusali para sa ating mga anak dahil sila ay magkakaroon ng isang mas ginhawang silid-aralan, at dahil dito ating makikita ang kanilang pananabik na pumasok sa paaralan."

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