• U.S. Army Spc. Andy Angeles, a team leader and radio telecommunication operator assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, speaks with his counterpart of Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment, during a jungle familiarization squad battle course in exercise Tiger Balm 13 near Amoy Quee Camp, Singapore, July 18, 2013. Tiger Balm is a bilateral exercise between U.S. Army Pacific and the Singapore Armed Forces designed to enhance interoperability between the two nations.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Tyler Meister/Released)

    US Army expands knowledge of jungle tactics

    U.S. Army Spc. Andy Angeles, a team leader and radio telecommunication operator assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, speaks with his counterpart of Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, Singapore Infantry...

  • Soldiers of Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment, bound to cover after receiving direct contact, while U.S. Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, shadow and observe during a jungle familiarization squad battle course in exercise Tiger Balm 13 near Amoy Quee Camp, Singapore, July 18. Tiger Balm is a bilateral exercise between U.S. Army Pacific and the Singapore Armed Forces designed to enhance interoperability between the two nations.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Tyler Meister/Released)

    US Army expands knowledge of jungle tactics

    Soldiers of Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment, bound to cover after receiving direct contact, while U.S. Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, shadow and observe during a...

  • Pfc. Jeremy Butler, a rifleman from 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, pulls security during a jungle familiarization squad battle course near Amoy Quee Camp, Singapore, July 18. The exercise is part of Tiger Balm, an annual, bilateral exercise with U.S. Army, Pacific and the SAF designed to promote regional security and interoperability. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Tyler Meister)

    US Army expands knowledge of jungle tactics

    Pfc. Jeremy Butler, a rifleman from 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, pulls security during a jungle familiarization squad battle course near Amoy Quee Camp, Singapore, July 18. The exercise is part of Tiger...

  • A soldier of Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment helps U.S. Army Spc. Drew Evans, a medic from 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, apply camouflage face-paint during a jungle familiarization squad battle course in exercise Tiger Balm 13 near Amoy Quee Camp, Singapore, July 18, 2013. Tiger Balm is a bilateral exercise between U.S. Army Pacific and the Singapore Armed Forces designed to enhance interoperability between the two nations.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Tyler Meister/Released)

    US Army expands knowledge of jungle tactics

    A soldier of Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment helps U.S. Army Spc. Drew Evans, a medic from 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, apply camouflage face-paint during a jungle...

  • A soldier with Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment, shows U.S. Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division how to use a training model Singapore army rocket launcher during a jungle familiarization squad battle course in exercise Tiger Balm 13 near Ammoy Quee Camp, Singapore, July 18, 2013. Tiger Balm is a bilateral exercise between U.S. Army Pacific and the Singapore Armed Forces designed to enhance interoperability between the two nations.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Tyler Meister/Released)

    US Army expands knowledge of jungle tactics

    A soldier with Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment, shows U.S. Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division how to use a training model Singapore army rocket launcher during a jungle...

  • U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Iakopo Tei, a squad leader with the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, learns to operate a training model of a Singapore army rocket launcher during a jungle familiarization squad battle course as part of Tiger Balm 13, near Amoy Quee Camp, Singapore, July 18, 2013. Tiger Balm is a bilateral exercise between U.S. Army Pacific and the Singapore Armed Forces designed to enhance interoperability between the two nations. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Tyler Meister/Released)

    US Army expands knowledge of jungle tactics

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Iakopo Tei, a squad leader with the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, learns to operate a training model of a Singapore army rocket launcher during a jungle familiarization squad battle...

AMOY QUEE CAMP, Singapore - Soldiers from the U.S. and Singapore armies keep jungle tactics fresh as they train together during a jungle familiarization battle course near Amoy Quee Camp, Singapore, July 18, 2013.

The exercise is known as Lighting Strike. It is annual U.S. Army Pacific event held in conjunction with USARPAC's sponsored exercise Tiger Balm. Both exercises are designed to promote regional security and interoperability between nations. Participating armies of Lightning Strike used the opportunity to introduce one another to their respective tactical operating procedures and share experiences.

Soldiers from 2nd Infantry Division Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., joined their Singaporean counterparts from 2nd Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment in a series of direct fire simulations where both parties shadowed each other to compare infantry drills. The exercise was a first for the Washington soldiers, as well as a first taste of jungle tactics training for many of them.

In addition to jungle patrol tactics, the exercise also incorporated mock casualty scenarios to develop a more realistic training environment.

"It has been humbling to see the men's infantry confidence clash with our lack of skill in this kind of environment," said 1st Lt. Daniel Shear, a platoon leader with 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

Shear explained that this experience and the training provided by his Singaporean counterparts have allowed his men to quickly adapt to this new environment with success. He believes exercises like this expand his usual thought processes and give him confidence as a leader.

The Singapore army played the role of both friendly and enemy forces in the exercise and seemed to become absorbed into the surrounding vegetation due to their localized camouflage equipment. Factors like these enhanced the training experience and raised the importance for the soldiers to maintain heightened senses and communication at all times.

U.S. soldiers were not the only ones that were introduced to new ideas. Troops from Charlie Company, Singapore Infantry Regiment watched closely as the U.S. soldiers reacted to the scenario.

"We were very impressed to see how the U.S. Army operates their drills and tactics with such aggression and proficient command and control," said 2nd Lt. Muhammad Ashraf Yusoff, the platoon commander of 9th Platoon, 2nd Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment.

Yusoff said the Singaporeans are inspired by their U.S. counterpart's vast experience fighting all around the world and have learned a lot from them.

Both Shear and Yusoff said they feel their capabilities as leaders are improving through the incorporation of lessons learned from their foreign counterparts. These lessons, along with those learned in Iraq and Afghanistan, help keep our modern Army tactics ready for a variety of environments.

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