Joint Civil Military Operations Task Force

130318-N-FI367-106 ZAMBALES, Philippines – (March 18, 2013) A young girl stands aside as U.S. military and Armed Forces of the Philippines engineers cross a footbridge in Barangay Tapuac. The engineers are performing a site survey for a project to build a new footbridge in nearby Salaza village. The footbridge is one of eight engineering civic action program (ENCAP) missions being performed by units of the Joint Civil Military Operations Task Force (JCMOTF) in support of exercise Balikatan 2013. Balikatan is an annual Republic of the Philippines-U.S. military bilateral training exercise and humanitarian assistance engagement. Balikatan in Filipino means “shoulder-to-shoulder” and characterizes the spirit of the exercise and the Philippines-U.S. alliance. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jason A. Penny/RELEASED)

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