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Oct 22, 2011

Philippine Marine Staff Sgt. Felimon B. Plotado assists Philippine Navy Dentist Lt. Cmdr. Nelson Dela Cruz, Naval Force West Dental Detachment, as Nelson extracts a tooth from a woman at Quinlogan Elementary School, Oct. 22. A combination of 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Navy medical staff and Philippine military doctors provided screenings, consultations, prescription, dental examinations and tooth extractions to more than 2,000 local residents. The activity was part of the Amphibious Landing Exercise 2012, and was intended to help the Philippine and U.S. armed forces' interoperability humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations. The 31s MEU, operating in support of III Marine Expeditionary Brigade for PHIBLEX, is the United States’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.

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