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Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines

February 23, 2010

Army Spc. Chris Johns, Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines, looks through an improvised explosive device coloring book that teaches children IED awareness. Johns participated in an Operation Junior Heroes program Feb. 23, 2010, in Iligan City, Philippines. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden


Soldier Serves in Family’s Homeland

MARAWI, Philippines, March 9, 2010 – Army Sgt. C.J. Rueda, a Filipino-American soldier, is part of the U.S. military task force charged with training Philippine counterterrorism forces and providing humanitarian assistance. Story

Philippine Armed Forces Spread Good Will

LAMITAN, Philippines, March 1, 2010 – A recent medical outreach event in Lamitan, Philippines, showed the resolve not only of the Philippine armed forces but also of the international community to spread good will to the southern Philippines. Story

Philippine Forces Challenge Children

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines, Feb. 25, 2010 – Philippine national police here are working to forge a better future by teaching young people what it means to be a “hero” in their community. Story

U.S. Forces Help With Dental Care

MARAWI, Philippines, Feb. 24, 2010 – American servicemembers are helping Philippine health care professionals improve the dental health of the country's populace through education and outreach programs. Story

U.S., Philippine Troops Disable Bombs

COTABATO, Philippines, Feb. 23, 2010 – U.S. explosive ordnance disposal troops are in the Philippines to teach that nation's soldiers how to detect and safely remove and dispose of forgotten ordnance left over from years of war and terrorist actions. Story

Trainers, Advisors Help Philippines

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines, Feb. 22, 2010 – Eliminating foreign terrorists in the southern Philippines is the No. 1 priority of U.S. forces deployed there, said the region’s top U.S. military officer. Story


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