The Philippine Army (PA) will train with US Special Operations Forces from November to December this year. “Based on its annual program, the PA will engage in a one-month joint and combined training exercise with the US Special Operations Forces in November to December this year,” Army spokesperson Col. Benjamin Hao said.
The training exercise, dubbed as Philippines-United States Exercise Balance Piston 16-4, focuses on enhancing the war fighting capabilities and inter-operability of both the Philippine Army’s Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and the US Special Operations Forces.
The training, which will be held at a Maritime Training Facility in Puerto Princesa, Palawan and at a military camp based in Rizal, Palawan in November to December, will be participated in by more than a dozen US Special Operations Forces and a company-size PA Special Forces.
“Since it is an annual training activity, the Philippine Army continues its preparations unless another order is issued by the higher headquarters,” Hao said.
Some of the training events under PH-US Exercise Balance Piston 16-4 include Subject Matter Expert Exchange Training on Human Rights, Tactical Combat Casualty Care, and Marksmanship.
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