Warrior Brigade will lead KrS13

| April 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
PANANG, Malaysia — Col. Thomas Mackey, commander, 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, inspects the 6th Brigade, Malaysian Armed Forces Honor Guard during a trip, here, recently, to take part in the initial planning conference for the annual combined joint exercise KrS13. (Photo by Col. Jonathan Wung, 9th Mission Support Command)

PANANG, Malaysia — Col. Thomas Mackey, commander, 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, inspects the 6th Brigade, Malaysian Armed Forces Honor Guard during a trip, here, recently, to take part in the initial planning conference for the annual combined joint exercise KrS13. (Photo by Col. Jonathan Wung, 9th Mission Support Command)

Staff Sgt. Sean Everette
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, “Warriors,” 25th Infantry Division, is taking the lead for Keris Strike 13 (KrS13), an annual combined joint exercise that partners Soldiers with the Malaysian army in its country.

KrS13 will take place Sept. 17-27; for the first time in many years, the 25th ID will be involved.

Col. Thomas Mackey, commander, 2nd SBCT, is partnering with the commander of the Malaysian army’s 6th Brigade, 2nd Division, to lead the exercise.

“With the 2/25 not deploying anymore, it was the perfect opportunity for us to take over and have an … active unit relationship,” said Maj. Paul Oh, intelligence officer, 2nd SBCT. “The Malaysian Armed Forces is pretty excited about that prospect, and we’re excited also about working together with the Malaysian Armed Forces.”

PANANG, Malaysia — Mackey (left) meets with Brig. Gen. Dato' Zulkapri, commander, 6th Brigade, Malaysian Armed Forces, during a trip, here, recently, to take part in the initial planning conference for KrS13. (Photo by Col. Jonathan Wung, 9th Mission Support Command)

PANANG, Malaysia — Mackey (left) meets with Brig. Gen. Dato’ Zulkapri, commander, 6th Brigade, Malaysian Armed Forces, during a trip, here, recently, to take part in the initial planning conference for KrS13. (Photo by Col. Jonathan Wung, 9th Mission Support Command)

In previous years, Keris Strike was led by the 9th Mission Support Command, a U.S. Army Reserve component based out of Fort Shafter, with help from U.S. Army-Pacific. This year, both commands are still involved, but in support roles.

Recently, Mackey and Oh, along with Maj. Andrew Lynch, supply officer, 2nd SBCT, took a trip to Panang, Malaysia, to attend the initial planning conference for KrS13.

Lynch said it was the first time 2nd SBCT has had the chance to meet with 9th MSC, USARPAC and the Malaysian army at the same time.

“This was our first opportunity to sit down in a classroom-type environment, meet their leadership, meet the staff counterparts,” said Lynch. “There was a lot of social interaction, building those relationships, going through staff processes, planning for the (final planning conference) and the actual exercise itself.”

Keris Strike’s core is to conduct a humanitarian assistance/disaster relief mission.

In addition, 2nd SBCT will be teaching the Malaysian army counter-IED techniques and medical first-responder courses.

“There’s going to be instances where the U.S. Army will need to partner with other nations’ forces in order to accomplish missions,” Oh said. “This scenario is a case in point. If there is a humanitarian assistance or disaster relief mission in the Pacific, and we do get called to help, we obviously can’t do it by ourselves. We need to do it with the host nation.

“Keris Strike is important, because it gives us a chance to partner with foreign armies, build that type of relationship and build our capacity to work together with our partners to accomplish our mission,” Oh added.

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