U.S. Military Pacific Troopers kicked off the beginning of Salaknib 2022 alongside the Philippine Military’s 1st Brigade Fight Workforce at a gap ceremony March 5, 2022, at Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. Salaknib is an annual Philippine Military-led, U.S. Military Pacific sponsored bilateral train designed to reinforce U.S. and Philippine Military capability and interoperability throughout the spectrum of navy operations, whereas additionally strengthening the ties between the 2 long-standing associate nations. Roughly 1,100 U.S. Military Troopers and their Philippine Military counterparts are scheduled to take part in Salaknib 2022 till the final week of March, with coaching workouts occurring at Fort Magsaysay and Colonel Ernesto Rabina Air Base.U.S. Military Pacific Deputy Commanding Common Maj. Gen. Matthew W. McFarlane and the Philippine Military Train Director, Brig. Gen. Alvin B. Flores presided over the ceremony.

“Bringing the Lightning Academy’s jungle course to the Philippines is one thing we actually needed to do. Whenever you expertise powerful coaching collectively you kind a better bond, and that’s what Salaknib is all about, constructing relationships,” mentioned Col. Josh Bookout, third Infantry Brigade Fight Workforce commander.


U.S. Military Pacific Deputy Commanding Common Maj. Gen. Matthew W. McFarlane and Philippine Military 1st Brigade Fight Workforce Appearing Commander Col. Jose Vladimir R. Cagara shake palms previous to the opening ceremony of Salaknib 2022 at Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija, Philippines, March 5, 2022. The annual U.S. Military Pacific sponsored train is now in its eighth yr and is designed to strengthen joint pressure relations and improve mission readiness and interoperability. (U.S. Military picture by Spc. Darbi Colson/twenty eighth Public Affairs Detachment.)

“America simply printed an Indo-Pacific technique. Two key features of that technique are to construct connections within the area and to bolster safety in pursuit of a free and open Pacific. This train is an illustration not solely to one another, however to all these around the globe with inclinations of not abiding by a free and open Pacific,” mentioned Common Maj. Gen. Matthew W. McFarlane.

Collaborating U.S. items embrace the twenty fifth Infantry Division, third Infantry Brigade Fight Workforce, twenty fifth Fight Aviation Brigade, twenty fifth Division Sustainment Brigade, seventeenth Area Artillery Brigade, the fifth Safety Power Help Brigade, 413th Contracting Command, one hundred and thirtieth Engineer Brigade and extra. Troopers from each nations will take part in a spread of discipline coaching and stay hearth workouts and obtain instruction and share greatest practices in a number of practical areas, together with hearth assist, communications, engineering, counter-improvised explosive units, and navy intelligence. This yr’s Salaknib may also function the primary ever U.S. validated Jungle Operations Coaching Course taught by the twenty fifth Infantry Division Lightning Academy and Troopers from 2-Twenty seventh Infantry Regiment, third Infantry Brigade Fight Workforce.