SAF, ‘Cacti’ partner for Tiger Balm 14 LFX

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Singaporean soldiers of the 23rd Singapore Infantry Brigade, 9th Division, The Singapore Army, conduct glass house drills during Operation Tiger Balm, here, June 17. A "glass house," or "shoot house," is a building used to train soldiers for entering and clearing a building safely and thoroughly.

Singaporean soldiers of the 23rd Singapore Infantry Brigade, 9th Division, The Singapore Army, conduct glass house drills during Operation Tiger Balm, here, June 17. A “glass house,” or “shoot house,” is a building used to train soldiers for entering and clearing a building safely and thoroughly.

 

Story and photos by Sgt. Brian Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from Singapore and the U.S. conducted a live-fire exercise (LFX) together, here, Tuesday-Wednesday, as a part of Tiger Balm 14.
The Singapore soldiers were teamed up with the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.
“This exercise was fantastic. (I) learned a lot of stuff from the Soldiers. (They) were very professional during the exchange,” said Capt. Syafiq Utama, 23rd Singapore Inf. Bde, 9th Division, Singapore army.

Singaporean soldiers of the 23rd Singapore Inf. Bde., 9th Inf. Div., Singapore army, charge forward as they advance on their objective during the live-fire exercise, part of Tiger Balm 14, Wednesday. Tiger Balm 14 is a USARPAC and Singapore army bilateral Theater Security Cooperation Program event through which participants strengthen their capabilities in military-to-military cooperation while focusing on interoperability.

Singaporean soldiers of the 23rd Singapore Inf. Bde., 9th Inf. Div., Singapore army, charge forward as they advance on their objective during the live fire exercise, part of Tiger Balm 14, Wednesday.

During the exercise, Cacti troops got an up-close look at how the two armies can work together, even with their different tactics.
“The Singaporeans take more defensive positions during the exercise than what we normally do when we run our missions,” said Pfc. Nicholas

Wilson, Company A, 2-35th. “It was good to see how the Singaporeans do things different through the exercise.”
Tactical communication on the battlefield is critical to the success of any operation involving multiple military units, especially units from different countries.

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Tiger Balm 2014 provided the Cacti an opportunity to train with their Singaporean counterparts, building interoperability and establishing solid working relationships between the militaries of both nations, and demonstrating the U.S. commitment in the Asia-Pacific theater.
The LFX is the culmination for this year’s bilateral exercise between the U.S. Army and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).
Tiger Balm has been conducted annually since 1981, with the location of the exercise alternating 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 SAF’s history. It speaks volumes of the close ties between both armies that continue to grow through the decades of a changing global political landscape.

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