U.S. Marine Sgt. Brittany Alexander speaks with children during the 2017 International Coastal Cleanup in support of KAMANDAG at Barangay Dibacong in Casiguran, Aurora, Philippines, Sept. 16, 2017. Bilateral exercises such as KAMANDAG increase the ability of the United States and the Philippines to rapidly respond and work together during real world terrorist or humanitarian crises, in order to accomplish the mission, support the local population and help mitigate human suffering. Alexander is a civil affairs specialist with III Marine Expeditionary Force, and is a native of Landover, Maryland. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Matthew J. Bragg)
"Somehow the CA force became purveyors of poorly conceived projects and conduits of solatia payments. There is so much more to CA than that. It is time to reimagine how we use the CA force."