By Francis Wakefield
United States (U.S.) Army soldiers and their Philippine Army (PA) counterparts concluded on Tuesday the 12-day military exercises called “SALAKNIB” held in Luzon from November 16 to 27.
In a press statement, the US Embassy said the venue of the exercises included Camp O’Donnel in Capas, Tarlac; Fort Magsaysay in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija and Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
A sizable number of troops participated in the exercises which is a prelude to the upcoming Balikatan exercises early next year.
Together, the allied forces participated in subject matter expert exchanges and practical exercises to share information, and further reinforce their illustrious, decades-long military partnership.
The American and Filipino soldiers also shared information such as gunnery procedures and maintenance for the M113 Armored Personnel Carrier, artillery tactics and processes, as well as study and validation of the Philippine Army (PA) Sustainment Functional Concept Document, which establishes a common framework to guide developments for sustaining future Army operations.
The Philippine soldiers then fired Artillery and M113 Gunnery to demonstrate their newly acquired skills.
Army spokesman Lt. Col. Rey Tingson, said Salaknib is an Ilocano word meaning “Protector”.
He said the exchanges of information and practical exercises serve as a foundation for future training, including Salaknib Part B in April 2018 and culminating with Balikatan
in May 2018.
“This is just a small-scale exercise. It deals on the interoperability of both Armies… it’s just small-scale na Balikatan,” Tiongson said
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