Military gears up for Balikatan 2015

6:29:00 PM
CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – As the opening of Balikatan Exercises 2015 (BK15) draws nearer, Vice Admiral Alexander S. Lopez, Exercise Director of Balikatan 2015, personally visited units of the Armed Forces of Philippines (AFP) which are involved in the ten-day annual event between the Republic of the Philippines and the United States which is slated to formally start on April 20 and end on April 30.

Vice Admiral Lopez visited the headquarters of the Philippine Army at Fort Bonifacioin Taguig City at around 8 a.m. Tuesday to discuss arrangements especially concerning the Philippine Army component and its personnel. He visited the Army with Brigadier General Rodolfo B Santiago, the BK15 vice director and the commandant of AFP Command and General Staff College, and paid a courtesy call to Lieutenant General Hernando Iriberri, Commanding General of the Philippine Army.

Lopez also visited Major Gen. Felicito Virgilio M. Trinidad Jr., commander of the Northern Luzon Command and the units under his command in NOLCOM’s area of responsibility which would be involved in the conduct of events included in BK15 on April 13. He particularly visited the 7th Division in Fort Ramon Magsaysay in preparation for the field training exercises of some 5,000 Filipino troops and 6,500 American servicemen in the provinces of Tarlac, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Cavite and Zambales.

Among the many Balikatan 2015 activities which will be done within NOLCOM area is the amphibious assault at Naval Education and Training Command in Zambales on April 21, aircraft static display at Clark Airbase in Pampanga on April 25, Cabanatuan wreath-laying ceremony at Fort Ramon Magsaysay on April 27 and Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFEX) at Crow Valley, Cagayan on April 30. The closing ceremony will follow on the same day at Clark Airbase.

The U.S. Army 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment Task Force Diamond head arrives in the Philippines.

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