PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, PALAWAN, Philippines " U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Aaron Hall, right, civil affairs team sergeant, Civil Affairs Team-South, Combined Joint Civil Military Operations Task Force, shakes the hand of Sgt. 1st Class Michael Kendall, platoon sergeant, 643rd Engineer Company,84th Engineering Battalion on March 14. Hall is conducting a civil affairs assessment of a school building project, in support of Balikatan 2012, an exercise focused on the Philippine-U.S. partnership and commitment to mutual defense and humanitarian assistance. Much of the labor, expertise and materials are locally sourced, while Armed Forces of the Philippines provides engineering support.