Tiger Balm 2014 officially underway

| July 19, 2014 | 0 Comments


A parade field with formations of soldiers.

The 2-35th Inf. Regt., “Cacti,” and a Singaporian rifle company, render honors to the nations during an opening ceremony at Weyand Field, Monday, marking the official start of Tiger Balm 2014.

Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers of the Singapore army were welcomed to Hawaii by the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, “Cacti,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, during the opening ceremony for exercise Tiger Balm 2014, Monday.
“Now entering its 34th year, this annual event allows our division to partner and improve our interoperability with one of Asia’s most advanced and well-trained armies,” said Brig. Gen. Todd B. McCaffrey, deputy commanding general-operations, 25th ID.
Tiger Balm 2014 will consist of a brigade-level command post exercise and company-level field training in which the Soldiers of the two countries will conduct infantry tactics, techniques and procedures, military operations on urban terrain, and lane training in counter-improvised explosive device operations.
“This year, we are pleased and excited to see an entire rifle company present for this exercise and thrilled at the complex and realistic combined exercise the Soldiers will execute,” said McCaffery.
Tactical communication on the battlefield is critical to the success of any operation involving multiple military units, especially units from different countries.
Tiger Balm 2014 will provide the Cacti an opportunity to train with their Singaporean counterparts to build interoperability, establish solid working relationships between the militaries of both nations and demonstrate the U.S. commitment in the Asia-Pacific theater.


What’s Tiger Balm?
The USARPAC Theater Security Cooperation Program’s exercise called “Tiger Balm” is a bilateral exercise focused on strengthening the partnership between the U.S. and Singapore armies through combined training missions.
It also promotes stability and security in the Pacific region while enhancing the two armies’ interoperability with each other.
Tiger Balm has been conducted annually since 1981 with the location of the exercise rotating based on the last digit of the year. Years ending in an odd number take place in Singapore; years ending in even numbers occur in Hawaii.
Tiger Balm is the oldest standing bilateral exercise in the Singapore Armed Forces’ history. It speaks volumes of the close ties between both armies that continue to grow through the decades of changing, global political landscape.

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