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U.S. Air Force Capt. Brian Higgins taxis his A-10 Thunderbolt II at Clark Air Base, Philippines, March 29, 2019, prior to Exercise Balikatan. Balikatan is an annual exercise between the U.S. and the Philippines and comes from a Tagalog phrase meaning "shoulder-to-shoulder," representing the partnership between the two countries. The exercise helps maintain a high level of readiness and responsiveness, and it enhances combined military-to-military relations and capabilities. Higgins, a native of Vestal, New York, is a pilot with the 25th Fighter Squadron out of Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)