Tropic Lightning, Indonesian troops close out Garuda Shield 15

| September 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
Maj. Gen. Edward F. Dorman III, commander, 8thTheater Sustainment Command, and Brig. Gen. Agus Suhardi, chief of staff, 1st Kostrad Infantry Division, inspect the troops in Cibenda, Indonesia, Aug. 28. (Photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Maj. Gen. Edward F. Dorman III, commander, 8thTheater Sustainment Command, and Brig. Gen. Agus Suhardi, chief of staff, 1st Kostrad Infantry Division, inspect the troops in Cibenda, Indonesia, Aug. 28. (Photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

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

CIBENDA, Indonesia — Tropic Lightning Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, together with Indonesian soldiers of the 1st Kostrad ID, Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Darat (TNI), stood together during the closing ceremony of Garuda Shield 15, here, Aug. 28.

“As we know, this joint exercise is an excellent move for us to improve the skills and professionalism of the soldiers, as well as the tools to promote the cooperation and friendship between the armies of the two countries,” said Maj. Gen. Agus Suhardi, chief of staff, 1st Kostrad ID.

“Garuda Shield is an important exercise. It allows Indonesia and the United States to engage in military training and strengthen our partnership in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Maj. Gen. Edward F. Dorman III, commander, 8th Theater Sustainment Command.

During the exercise, the two armies underwent a combined field training exercise emphasizing combat survival training, urban operations, cordon and search techniques, troop leading procedures and medical training.

The training culminated with the two nations joining together for a live-fire demonstration on the final day of the exercise.

“This exercise was designed to ensure that our armies can work together in a challenging training environment as one team,” said Dorman.

Both armies used this exercise to come together, share experiences and gather useful lessons, Dorman added.

The TNI chief of staff said that he was confident that all participants of the training have walked away with new skills from the exercise and thus improved both sides.

This exercise enhanced professional relationships, improved bilateral readiness, co-operation and interoperability between the Indonesian and U.S. forces.

“The development and evolution of Garuda Shield over the past nine years is a testament to the strength of our relationship and shows how our militaries have worked closely together and continue to grow in capability and understanding,” said Dorman.

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