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U.S., Philippine forces improve interoperability through bilateral training

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Joel Eicher (third from left), a loadmaster with the 36th Airlift Squadron, 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota, Japan, briefs Filipino military personnel prior to supporting patient care procedures during a mass casualty drill at Brigadier General Benito N Ebuen Air Base, Philippines Sept. 29, 2016. Two C-130 Hercules aircraft and crews from 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota Air Base, Japan, the 36th Contingency Response Group from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and other units from across U.S. Pacific Command conducted bilateral training missions and subject matter expert exchanges alongside their Philippine Air Force counterparts.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Mark Lazane)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Joel Eicher (third from left), a loadmaster with the 36th Airlift Squadron, 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota, Japan, briefs Filipino military personnel prior to supporting patient care procedures during a mass casualty drill at Brigadier General Benito N Ebuen Air Base, Philippines Sept. 29, 2016. Two U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft and crews from 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota Air Base, Japan, the 36th Contingency Response Group from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and other units from across U.S. Pacific Command conducted bilateral training missions and subject matter expert exchanges alongside their Philippine Air Force counterparts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Mark Lazane)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --

By invitation of the government of the Philippines, U.S. and Philippine armed forces personnel will conduct subject matter expert exchanges (SMEE) at various military installations throughout the Philippines August 16 to 25, 2017.

Approximately 25 U.S. Air Force Airmen will participate in the exchanges that will cover precision guided missile and munitions operations, command and control tactics, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief response.

The exchange is the fifth iteration of a U.S.-Philippine Air Contingent established by U.S. Pacific Command with the approval of the Philippines and executed by Headquarters Pacific Air Forces. The first U.S.-Philippine Air Contingent occurred in April of 2016.

U.S. Air Force Col. James Shigekane, 13th Expeditionary Air Squadron commander, said the exchanges build upon an already strong relationship the U.S. and Philippines share.

"We welcome the opportunity to strengthen our cooperation and interoperability with our Philippine counterparts," Shigekane said. "These exchanges allow us to share best practices and joint capabilities that helps us bolster our regional security interests and goals."