Ceremony officially marks beginning of Garuda Shield 15

| August 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
Brig. Gen. Gary Brito, deputy commanding general of operations, 25th ID, walks through the brush between events during Garuda Shield, Pacific Pathways 2015, at Cibenda, West Java, Indonesia, Aug. 21. Garuda Shield is a regularly scheduled bilateral exercise sponsored by USARPAC, hosted annually by the Indonesian army’s 1st Kostrad Inf. Div.

Brig. Gen. Gary Brito, deputy commanding general of operations, 25th ID, walks through the brush between events during Garuda Shield, Pacific Pathways 2015, at Cibenda, West Java, Indonesia, Aug. 21. Garuda Shield is a regularly scheduled bilateral exercise sponsored by USARPAC, hosted annually by the Indonesian army’s 1st Kostrad Inf. Div.

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

CIBENDA, Indonesia — Soldiers with the Tentara Nasional Indonesia army and U.S. Army stood side-by-side on a parade field, here, Aug. 20, during an opening ceremony that officially marked the beginning of the ninth Garuda Shield exercise.

“This is an important exercise that enables Indonesia and the United States to engage, not just in military training, but also as partners in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Brig. Gen. Gary M. Brito, deputy commander-operations, 25th Infantry Division.

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 27th Inf. Regiment, “Wolfhounds,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID, will train alongside soldiers of the TNI 1st Kostrad Inf. Div. for a multiple-day exercise to foster cooperation and understanding.

US and Indonesian troops in formation

US and Indonesian troops in formation

“Garuda Shield joint exercise is not only intended to improve interoperability between the participants, but to boost trust and friendship by upholding the principal of equality and mutual relationship between two armies,” said TNI Brig. Gen. Agus Suhardi, chief of staff, 1st Kostrad Inf. Div.

Over the coming days, Soldiers of both militaries will conduct a series of bilateral military partnership and training events on peace support operations, to include a computer-simulated command post exercise, a combat survival training class and a combined arms live-fire exercise culminating the last day.

“I am confident that Garuda Shield 2015 will not only be a successful exercise, but also a true learning experience for us all, and one of which we will both grow stronger and more capable,” said Brito.

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