Readout of Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall’s travel to the Philippines

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Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David W. Allvin, and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force David Flosi traveled to the Philippines on April 5 for a series of bilateral engagements to reaffirm the strong and steadfast U.S.-Philippines alliance.

The Department of the Air Force delegation met with Senior Undersecretary of National Defense Irineo Espino; Chief of Staff Armed Forces Philippines Gen. Romeo Brawner; and Acting Vice Commander of the Philippine Air Force Maj. Gen. Aristotle D. Gonzalez. 

Kendall underscored the increasing significance of the bilateral defense relationship, emphasizing its pivotal role as a cornerstone of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific.

The leaders centered their discussions on the progress of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement locations and explored opportunities for expanding U.S.-Philippines security cooperation, combined training initiatives, and enhancing capabilities for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Allvin highlighted the strategic benefits of consistent and methodical engagements through joint exercises and training activities, emphasizing their role in advancing interoperability, readiness and mutual understanding. 

The U.S. delegation was encouraged by the shared commitment to enhancing military ties, recognizing the pivotal role of such efforts in fostering a resilient and robust alliance.