U.S. and Malaysian Soldiers close out Keris Strike 2015

| September 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
Maj. Gen. Gary Hara (right), deputy-commanding general, USARPAC, places a ceremonial keris onto a shield during the closing ceremony of Exercise Keris Strike 2015, Sept. 22

Maj. Gen. Gary Hara (right), deputy-commanding general, USARPAC, places a ceremonial keris onto a shield during the closing ceremony of Exercise Keris Strike 2015, Sept. 22

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

TAIPING, Malaysia – Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, “Wolfhounds,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division and the 9th Royal Ranger Regiment, Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) stood together for the closing ceremony of Keris Strike 2015, here, on Sept. 22, 2015.

 

“Keris Strike was a superb team effort that greatly advanced our mutual goals of building capability and improving military readiness for both countries,” said Maj. Gen. Gary Hara, deputy-commanding general, Unites States Army Pacific Command.

 

Maj. Gen. Gary Hara, deputy-commanding general, USARPAC, addresses U.S. and Malaysian soldiers on the parade square.

Maj. Gen. Gary Hara addresses U.S. and Malaysian soldiers on the parade square.

During the exercise, the two military forces underwent several combined academic exercises emphasizing techniques and tactics for a jungle environment, patrol base activities along with jungle survival training, culminating with a Field Training Exercise (FTX) in the jungle of Malaysia.

 

“This [FTX] has been incredible training, we were able to get out into the real deep jungle with a lot of terrain and survive out there for about five days,” said Kevin Williams, commander, 2-27 Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID.

 

The commander continued to say that he is proud of what his Soldiers have accomplished while representing the United Sates Army and the 25th Infantry Division with the high discipline and standards they have displayed.

 

As the Wolfhounds were training in Taiping, a staff element of 3rd BCT, 25th ID along with soldiers of 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Malaysian Armed Forces, conducted a command post exercise (CPX) in the city of Ipoh.

 

The CPX was a simulated humanitarian aid mission that made the two countries work together by sharing each other’s organizational tactics, techniques and procedures in a challenging environment.

Maj. Gen. Gary Hara, deputy-commanding general, United States Army Pacific Command, removes an armband from the commander of the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Malaysian Armed Forces, signifying the end of the exercise

Maj. Gen. Gary Hara, deputy-commanding general, USARPAC, removes an armband from the commander of the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Malaysian Armed Forces, signifying the end of the exercise during the closing ceremony of Exercise Keris Strike 2015, Sept. 22.

Maj. Gen. Gary Hara removes an armband from the commander of the 2nd Bde., 2nd Inf. Div., Malaysian Armed Forces, signifying the end of the exercise during the closing ceremony.

The exercise was designed to enhance the professional relationships, improved bilateral readiness, co-operation and interoperability between the Malaysian and U.S. forces.

 

“Working together on these complex missions and improving interoperability prepares us to respond effectively together in any capacity in the future,” said Hara.

 

Keris Strike 2015 was the third and final exercise of the Pacific Pathways mission that took these Soldiers to three countries to train along side three different military forces in diverse environments.

 

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