US, Philippine Army reserves hold expert exchange

By 9th Mission Support CommandMay 22, 2024

U.S. Army Reserve Col. Christopher Nagelvoort, 3rd Mobilization Support Group commander, meets with the Commanding General of the Philippine Army Reserve Command, Maj. Gen. Romulo Manuel Jr., to discuss future efforts to professionalize the Philippine Army Reserves during Exercise Balikatan 24 at Cavite, Philippines, April 2, 2024. BK 24 is an annual exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military designed to strengthen bilateral interoperability, capabilities, trust, and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences.
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Col. Christopher Nagelvoort, 3rd Mobilization Support Group commander, meets with the Commanding General of the Philippine Army Reserve Command, Maj. Gen. Romulo Manuel Jr., to discuss future efforts to professionalize the Philippine Army Reserves during Exercise Balikatan 24 at Cavite, Philippines, April 2, 2024. BK 24 is an annual exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military designed to strengthen bilateral interoperability, capabilities, trust, and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Reserve photo by Maj. Gene Espinoza) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Reserve 1st. Sgt. David Albert, assigned to the 3rd Mobilization Support Group, leads a small group discussion during a subject matter expert exchange event between the U.S. Army Reserves and the Philippine Army Reserves during Exercise Balikatan 24 at Echague, Isabela, Philippines, May 5, 2024. BK 24 is an annual exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military designed to strengthen bilateral interoperability, capabilities, trust, and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences.
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve 1st. Sgt. David Albert, assigned to the 3rd Mobilization Support Group, leads a small group discussion during a subject matter expert exchange event between the U.S. Army Reserves and the Philippine Army Reserves during Exercise Balikatan 24 at Echague, Isabela, Philippines, May 5, 2024. BK 24 is an annual exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military designed to strengthen bilateral interoperability, capabilities, trust, and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Reserve photo by Command Sgt. Maj. Oskar Ramirez) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Sarkis Kitsinian and Maj. Patricia Howell, assigned to [UNIT], lead a practical exercise on how a commander could utilize an Army Records Brief with participants for a subject matter expert exchange with the Philippine Army Reserves during Exercise Balikatan 24 at Echague, Isabela, Philippines, April 11, 2024. BK 24 is an annual exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military designed to strengthen bilateral interoperability, capabilities, trust, and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences.
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Sarkis Kitsinian and Maj. Patricia Howell, assigned to [UNIT], lead a practical exercise on how a commander could utilize an Army Records Brief with participants for a subject matter expert exchange with the Philippine Army Reserves during Exercise Balikatan 24 at Echague, Isabela, Philippines, April 11, 2024. BK 24 is an annual exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military designed to strengthen bilateral interoperability, capabilities, trust, and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences. (Photo Credit: Philippine Army photo by Maj. Herold Ambrocio) VIEW ORIGINAL

MANILA, Philippines — U.S. Army Soldiers from the 3rd Mobilization Support Group, held the first-ever Army Reserve subject matter expert exchanges with the Philippine Army Reserve during Exercises Salaknib and Balikatan during April 2024.

For three weeks, Soldiers of the 3rd MSG, based at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska, and a direct reporting unit under the 9th Mission Support Command, exchanged knowledge on policies, processes and systems with their Philippine Army Reserve counterparts at multiple locations across the island of Luzon.

"The purpose of the bilateral exchange is to develop the institutional knowledge necessary for successful mobilization of Reserve Soldiers for contingencies," said U.S. Army Reserve Col. Chris Nagelvoort, the 3rd MSC commander. "The Philippine Army Reserve learned a lot, and so did we."

U.S. Army Reserve Master Sgt. Patrick Leavy, assigned to the 3302 Mobilization Support Battalion, facilitates a block of instruction covering administrative processes during a battle assemblies subject matter expert exchange during Exercise Balikatan 24 Echague, Isabela, Philippines, April 11, 2024. BK 24 is an annual exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military designed to strengthen bilateral interoperability, capabilities, trust, and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences.
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Master Sgt. Patrick Leavy, assigned to the 3302 Mobilization Support Battalion, facilitates a block of instruction covering administrative processes during a battle assemblies subject matter expert exchange during Exercise Balikatan 24 Echague, Isabela, Philippines, April 11, 2024. BK 24 is an annual exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military designed to strengthen bilateral interoperability, capabilities, trust, and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Reserve photo by Command Sgt. Maj. Oskar Ramirez) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Patricia Howell, assigned to the 3301st Mobilization Support Battalion, presents a Balikatan polo shirt to a Philippine Army Reserve Capt. Zaida Maglalang at a subject matter expert exchange during Exercise Balikatan 24 at Echague, Isabela, Philippines, April 15, 2024. BK 24 is an annual exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military designed to strengthen bilateral interoperability, capabilities, trust, and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences.
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Patricia Howell, assigned to the 3301st Mobilization Support Battalion, presents a Balikatan polo shirt to a Philippine Army Reserve Capt. Zaida Maglalang at a subject matter expert exchange during Exercise Balikatan 24 at Echague, Isabela, Philippines, April 15, 2024. BK 24 is an annual exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military designed to strengthen bilateral interoperability, capabilities, trust, and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Reserve photo by Staff Sgt. Christine Invencion) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Reserve Col. Christopher Nagelvoort, commander of the 3rd Mobilization Support Group, attends a Philippine Army promotion ceremony during Exercise Balikatan 24 at Echague, Isabela, Philippines, May 5, 2024. BK 24 is an annual exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military designed to strengthen bilateral interoperability, capabilities, trust, and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences.
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Col. Christopher Nagelvoort, commander of the 3rd Mobilization Support Group, attends a Philippine Army promotion ceremony during Exercise Balikatan 24 at Echague, Isabela, Philippines, May 5, 2024. BK 24 is an annual exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military designed to strengthen bilateral interoperability, capabilities, trust, and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Reserve photo by Maj. Gene Espinoza) VIEW ORIGINAL

The United States and the Philippines have an extensive history of security cooperation. Every year, USARPAC sponsors exchanges with the Philippine Army to strengthen partnerships and interoperability in various disciplines and skill sets as part of Exercises Salaknib and Balikatan. The subject matter expert exchanges, or SMEE, provided a clearer understanding of how both Reserve components can interact and operate together in the future.

Leaders from USARPAC, 9th MSC and the Philippine Army conceived the Reserve SMEE program to share best practices on Reserve readiness - a priority for both Armies. To support this requirement, the 3rd MSG and the Philippine Army Reserve Command developed a multi-year SMEE framework that consists of a series of annual events held at different headquarters elements with a focus on enhancing the scope and scale of mobilization exercises.

"We are proud of the 3rd MSG having been selected by USARPAC and 9th MSC to be the first to partner with our friends in the Philippine Army Reserve in what is to be a 3-year engagement plan," said U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Gene Espinoza, an operations officer with 3rd MSG.

U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Patricia Howell, assigned to the 3301st Mobilization Support Battalion, takes a photo with Philippine Army Reserve Cpl. Jennifer Moben during a subject matter expert exchange held during Exercise Balikatan 24 at Echague, Isabela, Philippines, April 15, 2024. BK 24 is an annual exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military designed to strengthen bilateral interoperability, capabilities, trust, and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences.
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Patricia Howell, assigned to the 3301st Mobilization Support Battalion, takes a photo with Philippine Army Reserve Cpl. Jennifer Moben during a subject matter expert exchange held during Exercise Balikatan 24 at Echague, Isabela, Philippines, April 15, 2024. BK 24 is an annual exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military designed to strengthen bilateral interoperability, capabilities, trust, and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Reserve photo by Staff Sgt. Christine Invencion) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Reserve st 1st Sgt. David Albert, assigned to 3rd Mobilization Support Group, facilitates a block of instruction on personal data sheets to members of the Philippine Army Reserve during Exercise Balikatan 24 at Echague Isabela, Philippines, April 10, 2024. BK 24 is an annual exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military designed to strengthen bilateral interoperability, capabilities, trust, and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences.
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve st 1st Sgt. David Albert, assigned to 3rd Mobilization Support Group, facilitates a block of instruction on personal data sheets to members of the Philippine Army Reserve during Exercise Balikatan 24 at Echague Isabela, Philippines, April 10, 2024. BK 24 is an annual exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military designed to strengthen bilateral interoperability, capabilities, trust, and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Reserve photo by Maj. Gene Espinoza) VIEW ORIGINAL

The 3rd MSG was selected to lead the SMEE based on its recent experience managing a large mobilization exercise held on Oahu and its mobilization and deployment to Guam to oversee Typhoon Mawar response operations, both of which occurred in the summer of 2023.

"The SMEE is more than just an information exchange between our two militaries," said U.S. Army Reserve Command Sgt. Maj. Oskar Ramirez, command sergeant major of the 3rd MSG and senior NCO facilitator. "It establishes a baseline from where future participants can gather together to focus on the bi-lateral readiness of our forces, gain insight into true integration between Citizen-Soldiers, adopt new skills, processes and procedures and strengthen the bond between the Philippines and U.S."

The 3rd MSG stretches from Alaska to Guam and has deep ties to the area. It continues to utilize its expertise to support and uphold the commitments of the Mutual Defense Treaty, a testament to its dedication and shared purpose. Plans are already underway for future collaborations between the U.S. Army Reserve and its Philippine Army Reserve counterparts.