U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert

25th Fighter Squadron arrives at Balikatan ‘19

51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Shawn James tightens bolts on an F/A-18C Hornet at Clark Air Base, Philippines, March 28, 2019, during preparation for Exercise Balikatan 2019. Balikatan is an annual exercise between the U.S. and the Philippines and comes from a Tagalog phrase meaning "shoulder-to-shoulder," representing the partnership between the two countries. The U.S. is proud to participate in the Philippines-led exercise in order to conduct capabilities development training that enhances our forces' tactics, techniques and procedures across a wide range of military operations. James, a native of New Jersey, is an airframes mechanic with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232.

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