Closing ceremony brings Tiger Balm 14 to a close

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from the 2-35th Inf. Regt., "Cacti," 3rd BCT, 25th ID, and 23rd Singapore Inf. Bde., 9th Div., Singapore army, stand together in one formation, symbolizing the integration of the two companies during the closing ceremony of Exercise Tiger Balm 2014, July 26. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Soldiers from the 2-35th Inf. Regt., “Cacti,” 3rd BCT, 25th ID, and 23rd Singapore Inf. Bde., 9th Div., Singapore army, stand together in one formation, symbolizing the integration of the two companies during the closing ceremony of Exercise Tiger Balm 2014, July 26. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 34th annual bilateral exercise Tiger Balm 2014, between the Singapore and U.S. armed forces, came to an end with a closing ceremony on Weyand Field, here, July 26.

“Tiger Balm is a visible demonstration of the United States’ commitment in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region,” said Maj. Gen. Gary M. Hara, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army, Pacific.

Held from July 14 to 26, the brigade-level exercise involved about 300 personnel from the 23rd Singapore Infantry Brigade, 9th Singapore Division; the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division; and the Hawaii Army National Guard’s 29th Division.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn (front right), commander, 25th Infantry Division, stands next to the commander of  Singapore's 6th Inf. Div. as they salute each other's national colors as the national anthem of both countries is played during the closing ceremony for Exercise Tiger Balm 2014, here, July 26. Tiger Balm 14 is a U.S. Army-Pacific and Singapore army bilateral Theater Security Cooperation Program event, through which participants strengthen their capabilities in military-to-military cooperation while focusing on interoperability. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn (front right), commander, 25th Infantry Division, stands next to the commander of Singapore’s 6th Inf. Div. as they salute each other’s national colors as the national anthem of both countries is played during the closing ceremony for Exercise Tiger Balm 2014, here, July 26. Tiger Balm 14 is a U.S. Army-Pacific and Singapore army bilateral Theater Security Cooperation Program event, through which participants strengthen their capabilities in military-to-military cooperation while focusing on interoperability. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

“This exercise was fantastic. We have learned a lot of stuff from the Soldiers; they were very professional during the exchange,” said Capt. Syafiq Utama, 23rd Singapore Infantry Brigade, 9th Division of the Singapore army.

The exercise has helped enhance professional relationships, combat readiness and interoperability between these two armies to meet and demonstrate regional security partnership and resolve.

The relationship between the U.S. and Singaporean militaries continues to be one of mutual respect and holds the promise of continued improvement for years to come.

“Congratulations on a job very well done. All of you have accomplished much in a short period of time, and you have directly contributed to the peace and stability throughout the region,” said Hara.

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