Ceremony marks beginning of Keris Strike 2015

| September 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander, USARPAC, and Malaysian army field commander, Lt. Gen. Zulkiple Hj. Kassim, watch a ceremonial dancer perform at the opening ceremony of exercise Keris Strike 2015 at the 2nd Royal Ranger Camp, Malaysia, Sept. 9.

Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander, USARPAC, and Malaysian army field commander, Lt. Gen. Zulkiple Hj. Kassim, watch a ceremonial dancer perform at the opening ceremony of exercise Keris Strike 2015 at the 2nd Royal Ranger Camp, Malaysia, Sept. 9.

Story and above photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

IPOH, Malaysia — U.S. and Malaysian Soldiers stood together for the opening ceremony of Keris Strike 2015 at the parade square within the 2nd Royal Ranger camp, here, Sept. 9.

“This exercise is the manifestation of our close military ties and cooperation,” said Lt. Gen. Zulkiple Hj. Kassim, field commander, Malaysian army.

“This exercise is an important one; it’s a part of a relationship that continues to great gains and depths, said Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific.

“Our armies working together, close together, makes for common benefits for both countries,” said Kassim.

During the exercise, the Soldiers will be training at two different areas in Malaysia.

Combined staff from the U.S. and the Malaysian Armed Forces will participate in academic instruction and moderated staff planning in preparation for a command post exercise, here.

The field training exercise will occur north of the command post exercise, and that training will consist of academics, practical applications and assessment for five days, followed by a three-day training exercise in a jungle environment to accomplish joint training objectives.

Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Osvaldo Sanchez 3rd BCT, 25th ID, and Malaysian armed forces soldiers stand together, Sept. 9, following the opening ceremony of Exercise Keris Strike 2015. Participation in this combined exercise strengthens military-to-military cooperation while focusing on international peacekeeping  operations.

Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Osvaldo Sanchez
3rd BCT, 25th ID, and Malaysian armed forces soldiers stand together, Sept. 9, following the opening ceremony of Exercise Keris Strike 2015. Participation in this combined exercise strengthens military-to-military cooperation while focusing on international peacekeeping
operations.

“I find that whenever we can have Soldiers standing side-by-side, it’s always a good thing,” said Brooks. “I have no doubt that this will be a rewarding experience for all Soldiers involved.”

KS 15

Keris Strike is an annual, bilateral exercise sponsored by U.S. Army-Pacific and hosted by the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF).

KS 15 marks the 19th iteration of the exercise, which contributes to enhancing U.S. and Malaysian defense readiness and interoperability while strengthening bilateral relationships.

Key training events for this year’s exercise will be the following:

  • A partnered command post exercise jungle field training exercise,
  • An unmanned aerial surveillance class,
  • Medical first responder training,
  • Counter-improvised explosive device training, and
  • A engineer civil action project.

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