The Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center deploys to Salaknib 2024 in Partnership with the Philippines Armed Forces

By Adan CazarezMay 30, 2024

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion and Philippine soldiers assigned to the 525th Philippine Engineers and the Philippine Light Reaction Regiment conduct a Heavy Demolition Range during Salaknib at Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation, Philippines, May 23, 2024. The soldiers conducted the training in preparation for the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center Exportable exercise scheduled from June 1 to 10, 2024. Salaknib 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 Soldiers assigned to the 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion and Philippine soldiers assigned to the 525th Philippine Engineers and the Philippine Light Reaction Regiment conduct a Heavy Demolition Range during Salaknib at Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation, Philippines, May 23, 2024. The soldiers conducted the training in preparation for the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center Exportable exercise scheduled from June 1 to 10, 2024. Salaknib 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 photos by Spc. Benjamin Anderson, 25th Infantry Division) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, alongside  Philippine Soldiers from the Philippine Army's 7th Infantry Division conduct a live fire exercise during Salaknib 24 at Fort Magsaysay, Philippines, May 13, 2024. The Soldiers conducted an iteration with blank rounds and then conducted the live fire portion of the range. Salaknib 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 Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, alongside Philippine Soldiers from the Philippine Army's 7th Infantry Division conduct a live fire exercise during Salaknib 24 at Fort Magsaysay, Philippines, May 13, 2024. The Soldiers conducted an iteration with blank rounds and then conducted the live fire portion of the range. Salaknib 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 photos by Spc. Benjamin Anderson) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Sgt. Santiago Cediel, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, provides security for Philippine soldiers assigned to the 77th Infantry Battalion, 5th Infantry Division during Exercise Balikatan 24 at Bangaan Hill, Philippines, May 4, 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 Sgt. Santiago Cediel, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, provides security for Philippine soldiers assigned to the 77th Infantry Battalion, 5th Infantry Division during Exercise Balikatan 24 at Bangaan Hill, Philippines, May 4, 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 photos by Spc. Benjamin Anderson) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT MAGSAYSAY, Philippines – The U.S. Army has deployed the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center-Exportable (JPMRC-X) to Fort Magsaysay, located in central Luzon, from June 1 to June 10 as part of Exercise Salaknib 2024. This deployment is a significant milestone that helps the Armed Forces of the Philippines establish Combat Readiness Training Area (CRTA) locations within the Philippines.

JPMRC was established almost four years ago to provide realistic training opportunities for U.S. service members and like-minded partner nations in the Indo-Pacific. This year, the Philippines' JPMRC rotation will combine with the Philippines Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (PA TRADOC), the 25th Infantry Division, and the 196th Infantry Brigade from Hawaii to execute the first rotation in the Philippines.

The JPMRC-X rotation in the Philippines will help build readiness in the theater and support the development of the Philippine Army's CTRA. The PA TRADOC intends to gain valuable experience operating a CRTA to fight against any adversary in a jungle environment. The development of a CRTA in the Philippines supports the United States Army Pacific’s overarching campaign plan to strengthen the Philippine Army and its commitment to the region.

"The integration of JPMRC with the Armed Forces of the Philippines during this year's iteration of exercise Salaknib underscores our unity and collective commitment to a safe, stable, and secure Indo-Pacific," said Gen. Charles Flynn, commander of U.S. Army Pacific. "This not only fortifies our mutual defense capabilities but helps to deter present and future challenges in the region."

JPMRC-X will showcase its distinctive capabilities by employing a wide range of sensors, systems, and processes to furnish leaders with essential data through training in an archipelagic and jungle operating environment. JPMRC is founded on the principles of learning how to fight, teaching how to train, and creating readiness. The program simulates combat scenarios by placing significant emphasis on every aspect of warfighting.

"JPMRC-X enables U.S. and Philippine Army leaders use of real-time data collected through Observer, Coach Trainers, and sensors located throughout the training area to help a training unit see themselves across the Warfighting Functions," said Col. Bryan Martin, Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center operations group commander. "JPMRC-X offers a great opportunity to improve our partnership and enhance our Army professions by collaborating in a challenging environment."

The training and educational opportunities provided by Salaknib and JPMRC-X enhance unit readiness and equip U.S. and Philippines Soldiers and leaders with the cultural awareness and the understanding needed to operate in the Indo-Pacific.

"The activities that our U.S. and Philippine Soldiers will face during JPMRC-X are the most immersive and realistic training environments that we can possibly create," said Martin. "This training allows us to enhance readiness in environments and conditions where our combined, joint force may one day have to operate."

The Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center-Exportable rotation directly supports the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s and U.S. Army Pacific’s efforts to enhance bilateral U.S. land power capacity and capabilities for joint operations. This end state is achieved by bolstering collective readiness alongside the Armed Forces of the Philippines, contributing to a free and open Indo-Pacific.