The two separate training missions consisted of Rising Thunder with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) and Yudh Abhyas with the Indian Army. Both training scenarios focused on sharing tactics and ideas to become better, more effective warfighters. From long range sniper and anti-tank training to urban combat and command post exercises, every service member learned how the other nation's armed service operated and provided input to become more effective partners.
Story by PO2 James Mullen on 10/02/2017
CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii Gen. Eduardo Ao, Chief of Staff for the Armed Forces of the
Philippines, met with Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), for the Mutual
Defense Board and Security Engagement Board (MDB-SEB) at PACOM headquarters Sept. 28.
The MDB-SEB helps coordinate the framework for defense and security cooperation between the U.S.
and Philippine militaries.
"The armed forces of our two nations have reinforced our historic alliance - a special bond rooted in
shared values, shared commitments, and shared security threats such as ISIS," said Harris. "We must
continue our mutual efforts to protect our nations and provide the very best defense possible."
One focus of this year's MDB-SEB was a new counter-terrorism initiative which enhances the current
level of assistance the U.S. provides.
The agreement to establish the MDB was in 1958 while the SEB was established in 2006. The two boards
came together as both countries shared a common goal of improving interoperability of the parties'
While in Hawaii, Ao also observed 2nd Battalion, 3rd Regiment Marines as they conducted urban
operations at the Marine Corps Training Area in Bellows Beach. The Marines demonstrated their
capabilities in urban environments to Ao and component commanders.
The successful completion of the MDB-SEB ensures cooperation between the U.S. and the Philippines
will continue in areas involving humanitarian assistance, maritime security, cyber security, disaster relief
and other national security interests.
"We are trying to put the traps in strategic areas, especially where cargo is offloaded or where aircrafts are parked," said Keevin Minami, Land Vertebrates Specialist for the HDOA. "In the past we've found a few snakes on runways and even found a live one that made it all the way to Schofield Barracks."
CARAT Sri Lanka 2017 is part of a series of bilateral CARAT military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Thailand. The focus of CARAT is developing maritime security capabilities and increasing interoperability among participants. Skill areas exercised during the CARAT include small boat operations, evidence collection, diving procedures and anti-terrorism security.
Story by PO2 Travis DiPerna on 10/02/2017
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. On behalf of the CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation, the foundation's chairman David Nash presented a print of the oil painting, "WE BUILD, WE FIGHT" by artist James Dietz, to Rear Adm. Brian Brakke, commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) and NECC Pacific, for display at NECC headquarters, Oct. 2.
"Those of you who know me, know I often speak of a book titled Legacy that's about one of the most successful rugby teams of all time," said Brakke. "One of the key leadership lessons in the book is this - if you get the culture right, the rest will follow. This painting represents the culture the Seabees have cultivated throughout their history and it is an honor to have it displayed at NECC headquarters."
The painting was created in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the U.S. Navy Seabees which occurred on March 5, 2017. For 75 years, the Seabees have repeatedly demonstrated their skills as fighters and builders and while doing so they have built and fought for freedom both in peace and in war time.
"Dietz went to a Seabee base in Port Hueneme, California and talked to a bunch of Seabees," said Nash. "Every one of the faces in the painting are actually portraits of current active-duty Seabees. "
The idea behind the painting was to capture what the Seabees stand for, continued Nash. The uniforms and equipment are representations of Seabees throughout history, from World War II to present day.
The original oil painting will be dedicated to all Seabees past, present and future and will be permanently on display at the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme, California.
Members of I Corps said goodbye to Fortin during a brief ceremony June 13 at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash.