Okinawa Marines take gifts to Filipinos
Marines from Okinawa have successfully landed in the Philippine island of Basco with 2,200 pounds of supplies including food, healthcare items, clothes and toys, a news release from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade says.
Wednesday’s landing was the third attempt for the Marines with the brigade to hand out the supplies — the other two attempts were foiled because of bad weather, the news release says.
“The third time’s a charm,” said Marine Col. Gary Shaw, deputy wing commander of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing on Okinawa in the news release. “We always refuel our helicopters here on the way to bilateral exercises with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the people of Basco always welcome us. We really wanted to get in here and thank them again this year.”
The efforts Wednesday are part of this year’s annual “Operation Goodwill Delivery,” which is slated to deliver 400,000 Philippine pesos — about $8,000 — and 20,000 worth of goodwill items to charities in Northern Luzon, the news release says. The operation will continue until Tuesday.