Cadet Officers from the University of the Phlippines Diliman Reserve Officers’ Training Corps together with the Assistant Commandant, Major Ronaldo C Mateo (Inf) PA, and Vanguard Kenneth Tirado witnessed firsthand different air crafts of the United States and the Philippines. The team attended the Balikatan Exercises of Aircrafts Static Display and Demonstration at Clark Airbase Pampanga on 13 April 2013.
For 29 years of Balikatan, Cadet Officers and other students were given the chance to participate in this years’ exercises. These kinds of activities will help promote ROTC to the students and increase patriotism and love of country to our youth.
The static display includes air assets from the Philippines: MG-520 Attack Helicopter, UH-1H Utility Helicopter, Broncho Fighter/ Reconnaissance Plane, Cenza Trainer Plane.
The US Marines displays an F-18 Hornet, an MV-22 transport plane (Osprey) and the C130J Cargo Plane.
The educational trip is through the courtesy of General Emmanuel T Bautista, Chief-of-Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Colonel Arnulfo Burgos Jr., the Chief of AFP Public Affairs Office. The team was guided by 1Lt Chai Cazcarro form the Philippine Navy.
Below are some reactions of the Cadet Officers who attended the activity.
“It was a fun experience. We were able to take pictures with the different air crafts and were able to have short talks with the American Officers there.” -CCpt Rhea Andaya 2Cl, Corps Commander
“This Balikatan exercises is a great way of showing to the citizens that the AFP is reachable.” -C1Lt Franz Franco 3Cl
“Attending the Balikatan is a privilege for me. I have the honor to see American and Filipino soldiers cooperate withe each other.” -C1Lt Elmar Aniciete 3Cl
“I finally saw what a C130 looks like for it is often mentioned in our road run chants.” -C1Lt Gabrielle Garcia 2Cl
“We had good interaction with the representatives from the USAF, we explored some of the air crafts and had a conversation about the training that the soldiers had.” -CCpt Drenfurt Alcain 2Cl
“The air crafts are nice and even the soldiers too.” -CCpt Creszyl Arellano 2Cl