[ETAN-key] Some Hawaii troops will join exercises in Indonesia
John M Miller
fbp at igc.org
Thu Jun 3 13:26:33 UTC 2010
Posted on: Thursday, June 3, 2010
Some Hawaii troops will join exercises in Indonesia
Honolulu Advertiser Staff
More than 100 soldiers and airmen from Hawai'i will participate in
the exercise Garuda Shield 10 in Indonesia, officials said. American
and Indonesian forces will train together June 10-25 in Bandung.
"Indonesia is a critical player in the security and peacekeeping
operations in the Asia-Pacific Theater," said Lt. Gen. Benjamin R.
Mixon, commander of the U.S. Army in the Pacific, which has its
headquarters at Fort Shafter.
Mixon said the upcoming exercise "underscores the importance of
Indonesia in our fight against international aggression and conflict.
The strong military and cultural ties between our two counties
dramatically improve whenever we participate in Garuda Shield."
Staff officers from U.S. Pacific Command, based at Camp Smith; the
Hawai'i National Guard; Pacific Air Forces; and U.S. Army Pacific
will partner with Indonesian forces "to test peace support and
stability operations capabilities," the Army said.
Army officials said other troops will conduct a field training
exercise on United Nations standardized techniques, and engineers
will provide humanitarian and civic assistance in Indonesia's rural
Personnel from 24 other countries, including Japan, Russia and China,
have been invited to participate in and to observe the exercise.
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