General David H. Berger, Commandant of the United States Marine Corps (USMC), visited the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) Headquarters on September 10, 2021 to discuss partnership and future engagements.
Maj. Gen. Ariel R. Caculitan PN(M), Commandant, Philippine Marine Corps, greeted him and his entourage.
The alignment of concepts was reviewed by both Commandants, particularly the PMC’s Archipelagic Coastal Defense Strategy and the USMC’s Force Design. They also discussed ways to deepen their relationship, such as future collaboration and exercises with the USMC III Marine Expeditionary Force.
As the PMC transforms into a highly capable Archipelagic Coastal Defense Force, Gen. Berger pledged his assistance.
MGen. Caculitan expressed his gratitude to Gen. Berger for visiting the PMC despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s constraints. He conveyed his condolences to the victims of the latest suicide attack at Kabul’s international airport, which killed and injured US Marines. He emphasized the United States’ long and enduring relationship with the Philippines, and voiced optimism for increased USMC and PMC defense cooperation.