Singaporean Chief views jungle training in action

| January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
1st Lt. Peter Dierkes, jungle operation platoon leader, Lightning Academy/Jungle Operations Training Center, briefs Singaporean Chief of Defense Force Lt. Gen Chee Meng on the layout and training opportunities offered at the JOTC as Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, 25th ID commander, looks on. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel S. Garrett,, 25th Infantry Division)

1st Lt. Peter Dierkes, jungle operation platoon leader, Lightning Academy/Jungle Operations Training Center, briefs Singaporean Chief of Defense Force Lt. Gen Chee Meng on the layout and training opportunities offered at the JOTC as Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, 25th ID commander, looks on. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel S. Garrett,, 25th Infantry Division)

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Tramel S Garrett
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Lt. Gen. Chee Meng, Singapore Armed Forces Chief of Defense Force, and Singaporean senior leadership paid a visit to the 25th Infantry Division Lightning Academy/Jungle Operations Training Center, Jan 23.

The 25th ID commanding general, Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, hosted the visit not only to strengthen the relationship between Singapore and the U.S., but also to highlight jungle operations tactics with a demonstration from the JOTC cadre.

The JOTC is a premier training venue to develop Soldier leadership and jungle skills and impressed Meng’s staff with the high-quality training opportunities offered not only to our Soldiers, but our allies, as well.

Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, 25th ID commander,

“This is a fantastic set up. The Asian theater has numerous jungles, and it’s important to get used to it,” said Singaporean Col. Guarav Keerthi.

Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, 25th ID commander, greets Singaporean Chief of Defense Force Lt. Gen Chee Meng, during senior leader engagement Jan. 20 on Camp H.M. Smith. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel S Garrett, 25th Infantry Division)

Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, 25th ID commander, greets Singaporean Chief of Defense Force Lt. Gen Chee Meng, during senior leader engagement Jan. 20 on Camp H.M. Smith. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel S Garrett, 25th Infantry Division)

The 25th ID is no stranger to working with partner nations as leaders plan and conduct numerous training opportunities fostering strong alliances with partnered nations. Combined training proves to be a force multiplier, which allows greater responsiveness in the Pacific.

“The chief of defense wanted to visit to build our relationship with the U.S. a little further. We already have a great relationship with the U.S., and this is just a part of that,” said Keerthi.

U.S. Army-Pacific is looking at broadening relations with Singapore with the hope of one day developing a strategic partnership that will improve operations in the Pacific theater.

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