HomeNewsArticle Display

Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. Pacific Command Reinforce ‘Historic Alliance’

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii (Sept. 28, 2018)—Adm. Harry Harris, Commander of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), and Gen. Eduardo Año, Chief of Staff for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, are welcomed at PACOM headquarters during an honors ceremony. During Año’s two-day visit to PACOM, he and Harris will meet to discuss changes to the Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board. The Mutual Defense Board provides direct liaison and consultation on military matters of mutual concern to develop and improve both countries’ common defense. The Security Engagement Board provides the framework and mechanism for continuing liaison and consultation on non-traditional threats to security such as terrorism, transnational crimes, maritime security, and natural and man-made disasters. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James Mullen/Released)

U.S. Navy Adm. Harry Harris, Commander of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), and Gen. Eduardo Año, Chief of Staff for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, are welcomed at PACOM headquarters during an honors ceremony, Sept. 28, 2017. During Año’s two-day visit to PACOM, he and Harris will meet to discuss changes to the Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board. The Mutual Defense Board provides direct liaison and consultation on military matters of mutual concern to develop and improve both countries’ common defense. The Security Engagement Board provides the framework and mechanism for continuing liaison and consultation on non-traditional threats to security such as terrorism, transnational crimes, maritime security, and natural and man-made disasters. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James Mullen)

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii (Sept. 28, 2018)—Adm. Harry Harris, Commander of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), presents the Legion of Merit award to Gen. Eduardo Año, Chief of Staff for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, for exceptionally meritorious conduct during an honor ceremony at PACOM headquarters. During Año’s two-day visit to PACOM, he and Harris will meet to discuss changes to the Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board. The Mutual Defense Board provides direct liaison and consultation on military matters of mutual concern to develop and improve both countries’ common defense. The Security Engagement Board provides the framework and mechanism for continuing liaison and consultation on non-traditional threats to security such as terrorism, transnational crimes, maritime security, and natural and man-made disasters. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James Mullen/Released)

U.S. Navy Adm. Harry Harris, Commander of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), presents the Legion of Merit award to Gen. Eduardo Año, Chief of Staff for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, for exceptionally meritorious conduct during an honor ceremony at PACOM headquarters, Sept. 28, 2017. During Año’s two-day visit to PACOM, he and Harris will meet to discuss changes to the Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board. The Mutual Defense Board provides direct liaison and consultation on military matters of mutual concern to develop and improve both countries’ common defense. The Security Engagement Board provides the framework and mechanism for continuing liaison and consultation on non-traditional threats to security such as terrorism, transnational crimes, maritime security, and natural and man-made disasters. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James Mullen)

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii (Sept. 28, 2018)—Adm. Harry Harris, Commander of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), and Gen. Eduardo Año, Chief of Staff for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, review paperwork for the Mutual Defense Board (MDB) and Security Engagement Board (SEB). During Año’s two-day visit to PACOM, he and Harris discussed changes to the MDB and SEB. The MDB provides direct liaison and consultation on military matters of mutual concern to develop and improve both countries’ common defense. The SEB provides the framework and mechanism for continuing liaison and consultation on non-traditional threats to security such as terrorism, transnational crimes, maritime security, and natural and man-made disasters. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James Mullen/Released)

U.S. Navy Adm. Harry Harris, Commander of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), and Gen. Eduardo Año, Chief of Staff for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, review paperwork for the Mutual Defense Board (MDB) and Security Engagement Board (SEB), Sept. 28, 2017. During Año’s two-day visit to PACOM, he and Harris discussed changes to the MDB and SEB. The MDB provides direct liaison and consultation on military matters of mutual concern to develop and improve both countries’ common defense. The SEB provides the framework and mechanism for continuing liaison and consultation on non-traditional threats to security such as terrorism, transnational crimes, maritime security, and natural and man-made disasters. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James Mullen)

Gen. Eduardo Manahan Ano shakes U.S. Marine Corps LCpl. Barrett’s hand at Marine Corps Training Area Bellows Beach, Hawaii, Sept. 29, 2017. Ano is the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Urban Operations is an opportunity to demonstrate the U.S. Marine Corps’ capability to the component commanders and the Chief of Staff of the AFP. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert Sweet)

Gen. Eduardo Manahan Año shakes U.S. Marine Corps LCpl. Barrett’s hand at Marine Corps Training Area Bellows Beach, Hawaii, Sept. 29, 2017. Año is the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Urban Operations is an opportunity to demonstrate the U.S. Marine Corps’ capability to the component commanders and the Chief of Staff of the AFP.

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii --
Gen. Eduardo Año, 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’ forces. 

While in Hawaii, Año 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 Año 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.