U.S. Army and TNI conduct annual Garuda Shield exercise to promote regional peace and securityhttp://jakarta.usembassy.gov/embnews_06132011.html
From June 10 – 22, 2011, U.S. Army personnel based at Fort Shafter, Hawaii will be participating in the bilateral Garuda Shield exercise with the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) in Bogor, Indonesia. Garuda Shield aims to promote regional peace and security in Southeast Asia.
Garuda Shield 2011 will consist of a command post exercise, a field training exercise, and a humanitarian civic assistance project. This year’s event marks the fifth anniversary of Garuda Shield, which has become a significant and highly productive regional training event.
“Garuda Shield demonstrates again, our commitment to regional security in the Pacific theater, and shows how our soldiers are flexible and engaged where we need to be,” Lt. Gen. Frank Wiercinski, Commanding General, U.S. Army, Pacific said.
The command post exercise will focus on team-building efforts to resolve complex security situations. During the field training exercise, the two militaries will train on ways to counter Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs), and U.S. soldiers will train approximately 240 of their Indonesian counterparts on how to identify and react to potentially hazardous situations. The humanitarian civic assistance program will include construction of a large, modern community center and public market.
In an effort to develop stronger person-to-person ties between our two militaries, U.S. and Indonesian soldiers will compete in sporting events and participate in cultural activities.
Garuda Shield is another example of the United States and Indonesia working together for mutual benefit in support of the Comprehensive Partnership between our two countries.
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Paratroopers meet their counterparts
1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division and Indonesian 305th Airborne Batt, from Kostrad 17th Airborne Brigade