Tiger Balm 2016 kicks off on Oahu with focus on partnership

| July 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
The 6th Division, Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), patch worn on the left arm of a Singapore Soldier at the 298th Regiment, Multi-Functional Training Unit (MFTU), Regional Training Institute (RTI), Waimanalo, Hawaii, on July 18, 2016. SAF and U.S. Army Soldiers are participating in the two-week long Tiger Balm bilateral exercise on Oahu and Hawaii islands. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Public Affairs Team, 25th Infantry Division)

The 6th Division, Singapore Armed Forces, patch worn on the left arm of a Singapore Soldier at the 298th Regiment, Multi-Functional Training Unit, Regional Training Institute, July 18. SAF and U.S. Army Soldiers are participating in the two-week Tiger Balm bilateral exercise on Oahu and Hawaii islands.

 

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

25th Infantry Division

 

WAIMANALO — Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Broncos,” 25th Infantry Division; 29th Brigade Combat Team, Hawaii Army National Guard; and the 9th Inf. Brigade, 6th Division, Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) held an opening ceremony for Tiger Balm 16 at the 298th Regiment, Multi-Functional Training Unit, Regional Training Institute, here, July 18.

The two-week long bilateral exercise between the U.S. and Singapore are hosted in Hawaii on even years and in Singapore on odd years.

Col. Robert Ryan, commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, listens to Col. Bervyn Lee, commander, 9th Infantry Brigade, 6th Division, Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) give his remarks during the opening ceremony of Tiger Balm 16 at the 298th Regiment, Multi-Functional Training Unit (MFTU), Regional Training Institute (RTI), Waimanalo, Hawaii, on July 18, 2016. U.S. Army and SAF troops are participating in the two-week long bilateral exercise on Oahu and Hawaii islands. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Public Affairs Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Col. Robert Ryan, commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, listens to Col. Bervyn Lee, commander, 9th Infantry Brigade, 6th Division, Singapore Armed Forces give his remarks during the opening ceremony of Tiger Balm 16.

“On behalf of the Singapore army, I would like to express my deepest appreciation to the 25th Infantry Division for hosting us in this year’s edition of exercise Tiger Balm,” said Col. Bervyn Lee, commander, 9th Inf. Bde., 6th Div., SAF.

“The exercise has been an excellent platform for both armies to enhance our professional developments.” Lee said.

Before finishing, Lee asked all the participants to come together in friendship while participating together during the exercise.

Col. Robert Ryan, commander, 3rd BCT, welcomed his SAF counterparts as both countries marked the 36th iteration of Tiger Balm and an even longer history of support.

“Exercises like Tiger Balm enhance our relationships, strengthen our interoperability, and build trust while cross training the three C’s: culture, communications and occupational skill and standard operating procedure driven Soldier competencies,” Ryan said.

Col. Bervyn Lee, commander, 9th Infantry Brigade, 6th Division, Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) gives his remarks during the opening ceremony of Tiger Balm 16 at the 298th Regiment, Multi-Functional Training Unit (MFTU), Regional Training Institute (RTI), Waimanalo, Hawaii, on July 18, 2016. U.S. Army and SAF troops are participating in the two-week long bilateral exercise on Oahu and Hawaii islands. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Public Affairs Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Col. Bervyn Lee, commander, 9th Infantry Brigade, 6th Division, Singapore Armed Forces gives his remarks during the opening ceremony of Tiger Balm 16.

Ryan stated that that interoperability between both military forces is “learning to work together as a combined team by sharing tactics, techniques and procedures.”

The 3rd BCT, 29th BCT and 9th Inf. Bde. command teams conducted a command post exercise at the Regional Training Institute for the duration of the exercise.

Broncos from the 2nd Battalion, 27th Inf. Regt., and the 9th Inf. Bde. conducted an air assault lift from Marine Corps Training Area Bellows to Pohakuloa Training Area on the island of Hawaii, culminating with a combined arms live fire exercise at the conclusion of the exercise.

“The U.S. and Singapore armies will continue to work together as we have for many years, to build cooperation, provide security, and respond to crises in Southeast Asia and beyond,” Ryan said.

 

 

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