U.S. Army Pacific’s General Brown Visits Manila, Emphasizes U.S.-Philippine Alliance

Manila, November 13, 2018 — General Robert Brown, Commander of U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), visited the Philippines from November 10 to 13, emphasizing the importance of the U.S.-Philippine alliance to the Indo-Pacific region. While in the Philippines, Gen. Brown attended a U.S. and Philippine Veterans Day ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in ...
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Chief of Naval Operations Visits Philippines, Highlights Importance of U.S.-Philippine Alliance

Manila, October 30, 2018 — Admiral John M. Richardson, U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), visited the Philippines on October 28 and 29, highlighting the importance of the U.S.-Philippine alliance to the Indo-Pacific region. While in the Philippines, Adm. Richardson met with Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Gen. ...
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Embassy Supports Philippine Army Social Media Cell

Manila, October 3, 2018 — Information Operations Specialists with U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, trained a new Philippine Army (PA) social media monitoring cell on September 28 on monitoring, clarifying, and countering disinformation spread by violent extremist organizations on social media. The cell, developed at the direction of PA Commanding General ...
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U.S. Marines and Armed Forces of the Philippines Launch Exercise KAMANDAG 2

Brigadier General Chris McPhillips, Commanding General of the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Major General Nathaniel Casem, Inspector General of the Philippine Navy, and Brigadier General Melquiades Ordiales, Deputy Commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps, open exercise KAMANDAG 2 during a ceremony at Subic Bay International Airport. Subic Bay, October 1, 2018 — The 3d Marine ...
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Indo-Pacific Command’s Admiral Davidson Visits Manila, Reinforces U.S.-Philippine Alliance

Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command , spoke with Executive Secretary of the Philippines Salvador Medialdea on September 26 during Davidson’s recent visit to the Philippines. Admiral Philip Davidson met with Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana on September 27 during Davidson’s recent visit to the Philippines. Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (Indo-PACOM), and General Carlito Galvez, ...
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U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s Admiral Davidson Visits Manila, Reinforces U.S.-Philippine Alliance

Manila, September 28, 2018 — Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (Indo-PACOM), visited the Philippines for the annual Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board (MDB-SEB) September 25 to 28, reinforcing the longstanding U. S.-Philippine alliance.  The trip marks his first visit to the Philippines as Indo-PACOM commander. The annual MDB-SEB coordinates ...
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Annual Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board Reinforces U.S.-Philippine Alliance

Adm. Philip Davidson, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and Gen. Carlito Galvez, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, sign agreements on security cooperation activities for 2019 at this year’s Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board Meeting at Tejeros Hall, AFP Commissioned Officers Club, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.  (Photo by ...
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U.S. Government Provides Millions of Rounds of Ammunition to the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Clark Air Base, September 24, 2018 — The U.S. government provided more than 5 million rounds of ammunition worth Php117.4 million ($2.2 million) to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for counterterrorism training. The ammunition was funded as a grant through the U.S. Counterterrorism Train and Equip Program and will be used primarily by ...
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Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver Visits Manila, Underscores U.S. Commitment to the Philippines

Manila, August 17, 2018 — Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall G. Schriver visited the Philippines August 15 to 17 to reinforce the United States’ commitment to the Indo-Pacific region and to the Philippines, a close friend, partner, and ally. “This was my first visit to the Philippines as Assistant ...
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U.S. Government Provides New SABIR System to Enhance Philippine Air Force Capabilities

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim and Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana join representatives of the Philippine Air Force and Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group with the newly-transferred Special Airborne Mission Installation and Response (SABIR) system. Manila, August 14, 2018 — U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim turned ...
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Statement by U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim

Manila, July 19, 2018 — “I am proud to announce that the United States will contribute 1.418 billion pesos over the next two years to boost counterterrorism support for Philippine law enforcement agencies.  Our joint efforts to confront shared threats to the peace and security of both of our countries is another powerful example of ...
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United States to Boost Counterterrorism Support for Philippine Law Enforcement

Manila, July 19, 2018 —The United States will contribute $26.5 million (Php1.418 billion) over the next two years to boost counterterrorism support for Philippine law enforcement agencies. The assistance will include training, equipment, and other support to build comprehensive law enforcement capacity within a rule of law framework to deny terrorist operations, funding, and movement; ...
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U.S. Military Provides Personal Protective Equipment for the Philippine Marine Corps

Manila, June 6, 2018 — The U.S. military provided new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Philippine Marine Special Operations Group (MARSOG) and Inshore Boat Battalion at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, on May 31. The 525 sets of ballistic vests, lightweight ballistic plates, tactical ballistic helmets, and accessories provided through the Counterterrorism Train and Equip ...
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Balikatan 34 Strengthens U.S.-Philippine Alliance through Rigorous Training

From left, Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt. Gen. Emmanuel B. Salamat, commander, AFP Northern Luzon Command; Undersecretary Cardozo M. Luna, Philippine Undersecretary of National Defense; Mr. Michael S. Klecheski, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires; AFP Gen. Carlito G. Galvez Jr., chief of staff, AFP and U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Thomas D. Weidley, commanding general, 1st ...
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U.S. and Philippines Stand Shoulder-to-Shoulder during Balikatan 34 Opening Ceremony

From left, Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt. Gen. Emmanuel B. Salamat, commander, Armed Forces of the Philippines Northern Luzon Command; Sung Y. Kim, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines; Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana, Philippine Secretary of National Defense; Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt. Gen. Carlito G. Galvez Jr., chief of staff, Armed Forces of ...
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U.S. Equipment Delivery to AFP to Increase Interoperability and Effectiveness

Ammunition and explosives delivered from the U.S. to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Subic Bay, Luzon.  This delivery is one of many recent deliveries from the U.S. through the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA) that enhance the AFP’s counterterrorism capabilities and directly support AFP members engaged in current counterterrorism operations. Manila, January ...
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American and Filipino Service Members Honored at 2017 Veterans Day Commemoration

Manila, November 13, 2017 —On November 11, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim led the 2017 Veterans Day commemoration at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Taguig City, Metro Manila. Veterans Day is an American holiday that originates with the formal end of hostilities of World War I with the signing of ...
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U.S. Armed Forces and AFP Complete Successful First KAMANDAG

Manila, October 12, 2017 — U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, together with their Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) counterparts, successfully concluded the inaugural exercise KAMANDAG yesterday during a closing ceremony at Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown, Taguig, Philippines. KAMANDAG, which ran from October 2 to 11, is an acronym for ...
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U.S. Marines and Armed Forces Philippines Launch Inaugural KAMANDAG

Manila, October 2, 2017 — U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, together with their Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) counterparts, launch the inaugural exercise KAMANDAG today at multiple locations on the island of Luzon, Philippines. KAMANDAG, which will run until October 11, is an acronym for the Filipino phrase “Kaagapay ...
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U.S. and Philippine Service Members Rebuild Schools in Casiguran

Casiguran, Aurora, September 16, 2017 — U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (3d MEB) alongside their Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) counterparts conducted a groundbreaking ceremony on the renovation of several schools and a day care center in Casiguran.  The construction work is a joint civic assistance activity which forms ...
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U.S. Increases Surveillance Support for AFP Counterterrorism Efforts in Mindanao

Manila, September 11, 2017 —The United States deployed the Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to Mindanao for additional surveillance in support of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) counterterrorism efforts. Compared to current surveillance platforms used in the region, the Gray Eagle has a longer flight duration which will enable a larger area ...
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U.S. Transfers M40 Field Protective Masks to AFP to Support Counterterrorism Operations

Members of the Philippine Navy and Marine Corps receive, inventory, (L), and watch a demonstration of wear and use, (R), of a delivery of 1,000 M40 field protective masks from the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown, Taguig, Philippines.  This delivery is one ...
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U.S. and Philippine Marines Train Together in Okinawa

Manila, August 15, 2017 — From July 11 to 26, Philippine Marines from Assault Armor Battalion and U.S. Marines from Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division worked together to become familiar with Amphibious Assault Vehicles and how to best utilize their capabilities. This is the first time that members of the Armed Forces of the ...
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U.S. Military Presents Two New ISR Aircraft to Philippine Air Force

(L-R): Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines General Eduardo Año, Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim, and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano at the turnover and blessing ceremony for two new Cessna 208B aircraft from the U.S. to the Philippine Air ...
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United States transfers 12 Ford F-550 Trucks to the Armed Forces of the Philippines Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG)

Mr. Frederick Riker provides the ceremonial truck key to Philippine Navy Capt. Alfonspin P. Tumanda Jr. during the transfer of 12 Ford F-550 trucks to the Philippine Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG) at Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point, Cavite. Mr. Riker is the security cooperation manager for the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group, and ...
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Balikatan 33 Strengthens U.S.-Philippine Defense Partnership through Counterterrorism and HADR Training

Manila, May 19, 2017 — After 12 training days in the Philippine summer heat, thousands of service members from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. military finished this year’s rigorous Balikatan training exercise and now stand more prepared to respond to terror threats and natural disasters in the region. Philippine and U.S. forces ...
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U.S. and Philippines Shoulder-to-Shoulder during Balikatan 33 Opening

From left: Lieutenant General Oscar T. Lactao, U.S. Ambassador Sung Y. Kim, Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana, Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ariel Y. Abadilla, General Eduardo M. Año, and Lieutenant General Lawrence Nicholson pose shoulder-to-shoulder at the opening ceremony for Balikatan 33 at Camp Aguinaldo Manila, May 9, 2017 — U.S. Ambassador Sung ...
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Balikatan 33

Manila, April 24, 2017 — The Government of the Philippines has invited U.S. forces to train alongside the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the 33rd iteration of Balikatan, May 8 to 19, at multiple locations in Luzon and the Visayas region. Philippine and U.S. forces will kick off Exercise Balikatan 33-2017 through community ...
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U.S. and AFP Chaplains Work Together To Help At-Risk Communities

Manila, February 17, 2017 — Chaplains from the U.S. Armed Services and Armed Forces of the Philippines met Thursday at the Shrine of St. Therese for a professional and spiritual workshop on caring for persons with substance abuse addiction.  The subject matter expert exchange, titled “Preventing and Addressing Alcohol and Drug Problems,” offered the chaplains ...
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