US, PH soldiers conduct airborne operations

September 23, 2019

Soldiers from the U.S. 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are conducting a week-long bilateral airborne operations until tomorrow  to enhance their technical skills to better respond to future security challenges.

The US Embassy in Manila said this type of combined, tactical-level training builds both forces’ technical competence, fosters interoperability, and provides a greater understanding of how the allied nations’ forces conduct operations.

“Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division and U.S. Army Alaska are conducting a bilateral airborne operation with the Armed Forces of the Philippines.  The U.S. Army is committed to working closely with the Armed Forces of the Philippines to grow our airborne capabilities.  We appreciate the opportunity to train here and the hospitality shown by our partnered forces has been incredible,” said Brig. Gen. Gregory T. Day, Army National Guard Deputy Commanding General for U.S. Army Alaska.

“This training will enhance our troops’ technical expertise in airborne operations, enabling our combat units to better respond to future contingency operations and other security challenges.  Likewise, the combat interoperability with our U.S. counterparts will also be strengthened,” said PA Commading General Lt. Gen. Macairog S. Alberto.

For over  70 years, the US and PH forces have renewed friendship, partnership and alliance through bilateral military  exercises.