U.S., Indonesia partner for Exercise Garuda Shield 2011

| June 17, 2011 | 0 Comments
Brig. Gen. Michele Compton (center), commander, 9th MSC, and Brig. Gen. Mulyono (left), training director, TNI-IAF, Training and Doctrine Command, participate in the opening ceremony of Exercise Garuda Shield, recently, in Bogor, Indonesia. (Spc. Elizabeth Cole | 9th Mission Support Command)

Brig. Gen. Michele Compton (center), commander, 9th MSC, and Brig. Gen. Mulyono (left), training director, TNI-IAF, Training and Doctrine Command, participate in the opening ceremony of Exercise Garuda Shield, recently, in Bogor, Indonesia. (Spc. Elizabeth Cole | 9th Mission Support Command)

Capt. Christina Douglas
9th Mission Support Command 

BOGOR, Indonesia — Hundreds of U.S. and Indonesian Soldiers gathered to participate in the opening ceremony of an annual bilateral exercise, here, recently.

Sponsored by U.S. Army-Pacific and hosted by the Indonesian Armed Forces, Exercise Garuda Shield is the latest in a continuing series of rigorous, multifaceted exercises designed to promote regional peace and security.

Soldiers of the 9th Mission Support Command and the Hawaii Army National Guard’s 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will serve as members of division, brigade and battalion staff, working closely with armed forces in the Tentara Nasional Indonesia, or TNI.

This year’s exercise is comprised of three main components: a command post exercise, a field training exercise and a humanitarian civic action project.

The CPX will focus on productive team-building efforts and staff processes for resolving complex security situations.

The FTX, led by the Asia Pacific Counter Improvised Explosive Device Fusion Center, will consist of academics and small unit training designed to teach service members how to counter IEDs. U.S. Soldiers will train approximately 240 Indonesian soldiers on how to identify and react to potentially hazardous situations.

Additionally, Hawaii-based Army reservists of the 871st Engineer Detachment, 411th Eng. Battalion, 9th MSC, will partner with their Indonesian counterparts to complete a humanitarian civic project. This intense engineering effort will establish a large, modern community services building and public market in a rural district.

Participants from U.S. and Indonesia will further strengthen their relationships and compete in sporting events and cultural activities during the exercise.

“Garuda Shield is an opportunity for the Indonesian army and the U.S. Army to come together in a learning environment to share experiences and lessons learned with each other,” said Brig. Gen. Michele Compton, commander, 9th MSC, during the opening ceremony. “Of equal importance during this exercise is the opportunity to form and maintain close friendships and also to gain an enduring appreciation of each other’s customs.”

Brig. Gen. Mulyono, training director, TNI-IAF Training and Doctrine Command, said the exercise is “expected to further strengthen the professionalism of (both countries’) Soldiers, as well as to deepen and strengthen cooperation between the Indonesian army and USARPAC, which is based on mutual respect.”

Exercise Garuda Shield 2011 is slated to conclude June 22.

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