Tiger Balm 18 reunites U.S., Singapore Soldiers during combined training in Hawaii

| May 15, 2018 | 0 Comments
Members of the 6th Division, Singapore Army and 10th Singapore Infantry Brigade at the opening ceremony of Tiger Balm 18 at the 298th Regiment, Multi-Functional Training Unit (MFTU), Regional Training Institute (RTI), Waimanalo, Hawaii, on May 14, 2018. Tiger Balm is an annual bilateral military exercise designed to enhance the professional relationship, combat readiness, and interoperability between the US and Singapore, and fulfill and demonstrate regional security partnership and resolve. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Members of the 6th Division, Singapore Army and 10th Singapore Infantry Brigade at the opening ceremony of Tiger Balm 18 at the 298th Regiment, Multi-Functional Training Unit (MFTU), Regional Training Institute (RTI), Waimanalo, Hawaii, on May 14, 2018. Tiger Balm is an annual bilateral military exercise designed to enhance the professional relationship, combat readiness, and interoperability between the U.S. and Singapore, and fulfills and demonstrates regional security partnership and resolve. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

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SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii — Soldiers from the U.S. and Singapore will combine capabilities and share best practices when they conduct combined training together during Tiger Balm 2018 on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, May 14-26.

U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team (3BCT), 25th Infantry Division (25ID); the 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (29IBCT), Hawaii Army National Guard (HIARNG); 426th Civil Affairs Battalion, California Army National Guard (CARNG) salute during the playing of the national anthems during the opening ceremony of Tiger Balm 18 at the 298th Regiment, Multi-Functional Training Unit (MFTU), Regional Training Institute (RTI), Waimanalo, Hawaii, on May 14, 2018. Tiger Balm is an annual bilateral military exercise designed to enhance the professional relationship, combat readiness, and interoperability between the US and Singapore, and fulfill and demonstrate regional security partnership and resolve. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team (3BCT), 25th Infantry Division (25th ID); the 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (29th IBCT), Hawaii Army National Guard (HIARNG); and 426th Civil Affairs Battalion, California Army National Guard (CARNG) salute during the playing of the national anthems during the opening ceremony of Tiger Balm 18 at the 298th Regiment, Multi-Functional Training Unit (MFTU), Regional Training Institute (RTI), Waimanalo, Hawaii, on May 14, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

This is the 38th iteration of this annual U.S.-Singapore bilateral military exercise. As long-term partners in the region, Tiger Balm affords the U.S. Army and Singapore Army the opportunity to benefit and learn from each other through the exchange of unique tactics, techniques, procedures and lessons learned during the exercise.

Training during this year’s Tiger Balm will focus on combined-staff integration operations and a field-training exercise that will consist of light-infantry tactics, a company-sized-live-fire exercise, and air-ground integration by employing the concept of close-combat-offensive operations.

“Tiger Balm and other regional exercises allow military partnerships with our allies to grow and mature,” said Maj. Gen. Ronald Clark, 25th Infantry Division commander. “The professional relationships, combat readiness, and interoperability we build in partnered training today will prove critical when called upon to combine our efforts in response to crises in the region tomorrow.”

There are more than 400 U.S. Army forces participating in Tiger Balm. U.S. Army units include elements of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division; 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division; and the 29th Infantry Brigade from the Hawaii Army National Guard. Also, 110 Soldiers from the Singapore Army are participating as well.

“It is paramount for countries like Singapore and the United States to continue strengthening our bilateral relationship, so that when we are called up we can operate seamlessly together,” said Col. James Teo, Chief of Staff, 6th Division, Singapore Armed Forces.

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