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FORT SHAFTER SOLDIERS PROMOTE PEACE SUPPORT OPERATIONS IN EXERCISE GARUDA SHIELD 2011|
By USARPAC PAO
An annual bilateral exercise sponsored by the U.S. Army, Pacific based at Fort Shafter, Hawaii and hosted by the Tentara Nasional Indonesia (TNI-Indonesian Armed Forces) got underway today in Bogor, Indonesia. Exercise Garuda Shield 2011 is the latest in a continuing series of rigorous, multi-faceted exercises designed to promote regional peace and security.
"Garuda Shield demonstrates again, our commitment to regional security in the Pacific theater, and shows how our Soldiers are flexible and engaged where we need to be," Lt. Gen. Frank Wiercinski, Commanding General, U.S. Army, Pacific said.
This year’s event marks the fifth anniversary of a significant and highly productive regional training event and will focus on peace support operations.
Garuda Shield 2011 will consist of a command post exercise, a field training exercise and a humanitarian civic assistance project.
Productive team-building efforts and staff processes for resolving complex security situations will be the focus of the command post exercise. Focused academics and practical small unit training designed to counter Improvised Explosives Devices (IDEs) will occupy Soldiers in the Field Training Exercise portion.
The humanitarian civic assistance portion of the exercise will involve engineering efforts to build a large, modern community service building and public market in a rural district.
Garuda Shield directly contributes to achieving key U.S. and Indonesian security objectives, provides an outstanding training environment, and strengthens an important and growing military relationship.
The two week exercise will conclude on June 22, 2011.