Closing ceremony brings Tiger Balm 16 to an end

| August 5, 2016 | 1 Comment
Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division; 29th Brigade Combat Team, Hawaii Army National Guard; 9th Infantry Brigade, 6th Division, Singapore Armed Forces (SAF); salute during the playing of the U.S. and Singapore national anthems during the Tiger Balm 16 closing ceremony at the 298th Regiment, Multi-Functional Training Unit (MFTU), Regional Training Institute (RTI), Waimanalo, Hawaii, on July 30, 2016. U.S. and Singapore army troops trained at the islands of Oahu and Hawaii during the two-week long bilateral exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Public Affairs Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division; 29th Brigade Combat Team, Hawaii Army National Guard; 9th Infantry Brigade, 6th Division, Singapore Armed Forces (SAF); salute during the playing of the U.S. and Singapore national anthems during the Tiger Balm 16 closing ceremony at the 298th Regiment, Multi-Functional Training Unit (MFTU), Regional Training Institute (RTI), Waimanalo, Hawaii, on July 30, 2016. U.S. and Singapore army troops trained at the islands of Oahu and Hawaii during the two-week long bilateral exercise.

 Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

25th Infantry Division

WAIMANALO — The Singapore and U.S. armed forces concluded the 36th annual bilateral exercise Tiger Balm 16 at a closing ceremony at the 298th Regiment, Multi-Functional Training Unit (MFTU), Regional Training Institute (RTI), here, July 30.

“This 36-year relationship between the Singaporean army and U.S. Army is illustrated through Tiger Balm,” said Maj. Gen. Charles A. Flynn, commander, 25th Infantry Division. “Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Broncos,” 25th ID; 29th BCT, Hawaii Army National Guard; and the 9th Inf. Bde., 6th Div., Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) trained together during the two-week long exercise.

Flynn remarked during his speech how much the Tiger Balm exercise had developed when he was a major stationed at Schofield Barracks in the late 1990s. When he arrived back to Schofield in 2014, to take the reins of command of the 25th ID, the progress for Tiger Balm was even more pronounced than before.

Brig. Gen. Chua Boon Keat, commander, 6th Division, Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), and Maj. Gen. Charles A. Flynn, commander, 25th Infantry Division, stand together at the Tiger Balm 16 closing ceremony at the 298th Regiment, Multi-Functional Training Unit (MFTU), Regional Training Institute (RTI), Waimanalo, Hawaii, on July 30, 2016. U.S. and Singapore army troops trained at Schofield Barracks, Waimanalo and Pohakuloa Training Area during the two-week long bilateral exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Public Affairs Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Brig. Gen. Chua Boon Keat, commander, 6th Division, Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), and Maj. Gen. Charles A. Flynn, commander, 25th Infantry Division, stand together at the Tiger Balm 16 closing ceremony, July 30.

“In just three years, we’ve evolved from what we’re doing now; it’s extraordinary,” Flynn said. “That has a lot to do directly with the relationship at the very grassroots level of Soldiers, noncommissioned officers and officers here today.”

The platoon from 9th Inf. Bde., and a company from the 2-27th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, performed extraordinarily well during their 10 days of training, which culminated with a combined arms live-fire exercise at the Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, Flynn said.

Brig. Gen. Chua Boon Keat, commander, 6th Div., expressed during the ceremony’s closing remarks his deepest appreciation to his division’s twinning

Brig. Gen. Chua Boon Keat, commander, 6th Division, Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), gives a speech during the Tiger Balm 16 closing ceremony at the 298th Regiment, Multi-Functional Training Unit (MFTU), Regional Training Institute (RTI), Waimanalo, Hawaii, on July 30, 2016. U.S. and Singapore army troops trained at Schofield Barracks, Waimanalo and Pohakuloa Training Area during the two-week long bilateral exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Public Affairs Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Brig. Gen. Chua Boon Keat, commander, 6th Division, Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), gives a speech during the Tiger Balm 16 closing ceremony.

partner – the 25th ID, for its warm hospitality and professionalism in organizing the exercise.

“Exercise Tiger Balm has increased in complexity and sophistication along the years,” Chua said. “This speaks volume on the quality of the relationship between the Singapore Army and U.S. Army. In this exercise, we have benefitted immensely by learning from one of the best Army’s in the world, known for their military capability and warfighting experience.”

Chua said the exercise couldn’t have happened if not for the dedication of planners from both armies in making this exercise a reality.

“I look forward to Exercise Tiger Balm 17 next year, which Singapore will host,” Chua said. “It will be an exciting exercise to further enhance our professionalism and interoperability for collective benefit.”

 

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