• Sgt. 1st Class Charles T. Sykes (right), and Rachel Y. Harris (center), contracting specialists with the 413th Contracting Support Brigade out of Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, join their logistic partner Sgt. 1st Class Roberto Razon, a supply noncommissioned officer with the 298th Multi-Functional Training Unit (Regional Training Institute) of the Hawaii Army National Guard, to speak with staff of the dining facility at Pasir Laba Camp, Singapore. They are in Singapore in support of Tiger Balm, an annual, bilateral exercise with U.S. Army, Pacific and the Singapore armed forces designed to promote regional security and interoperability.

    Logistics: First ones in, last ones out

    Sgt. 1st Class Charles T. Sykes (right), and Rachel Y. Harris (center), contracting specialists with the 413th Contracting Support Brigade out of Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, join their logistic partner Sgt. 1st Class Roberto Razon, a supply...

  • U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Rachel Y. Harris, left, and Charles T. Sykes, center, contracting specialists with the 413th Contracting Support Brigade make sure laundry is properly distributed back to the respective owner at Pasir Laba Camp, Singapore, July 25, 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.interoperability.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Tyler Meister/Released)

    Logistics: First ones in, last ones out

    U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Rachel Y. Harris, left, and Charles T. Sykes, center, contracting specialists with the 413th Contracting Support Brigade make sure laundry is properly distributed back to the respective owner at Pasir Laba Camp, Singapore, July...

  • U.S. Army Sgt. Class 1st Rachel Y. Harris, left, and Charles T. Sykes, center, contracting specialists with the 413th Contracting Support Brigade, pose with their logistics partners U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Roberto Razon, a supply noncommissioned officer(NCO) with the 298th Multi-Functional Training Unit, Hawaii Army National Guard and Singapore Army Staff Sgt. Nurhadi Mohamad, a supply NCO with 9th Division, Infantry Training Institute, Central Logistic Agency-West, at Pasir Laba Camp, Singapore, July 26, 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)

    Logistics: First ones in, last ones out

    U.S. Army Sgt. Class 1st Rachel Y. Harris, left, and Charles T. Sykes, center, contracting specialists with the 413th Contracting Support Brigade, pose with their logistics partners U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Roberto Razon, a supply noncommissioned...

PASIR LABA CAMP, Singapore - When most soldiers were off enjoying their Fourth of July at home with their family and friends, the logistical team for Tiger Balm, a bilateral exercise with U.S. and Singapore Armed Forces, spent their Independence Day on a plane bound for Singapore.

They were tasked to ensure the exercise's services and supplies were prepared for the participating personnel who arrived a week later.

The exercise is an annual U.S. Army Pacific sponsored event designed to promote regional security and interoperability between nations. It began July 15 and ended Friday when most of the personnel will then return to the U.S.

Unlike the rest of the participants, Sgt. 1st Class Charles T. Sykes and Rachel Y. Harris, contracting specialists with the 413th Contracting Support Brigade out of Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, will remain on site with their partner Sgt. 1st. Class Roberto Razon, a supply noncommissioned officer with the 298th Multi-Functional Training Unit (Regional Training Institute) of the Hawaii Army National Guard who also arrived here early.

"Most people wouldn't want to arrive early or stay longer, but someone has to do it," said Harris. "I get great satisfaction from helping our troops and ensuring they are taken care of regardless of extra man-hours."

The team from Hawaii has worked closely with Singapore Army Staff Sgt. Nurhadi Mohamad, a supply NCO with 9th Division, Infantry Training Institute, Central Logistic Agency-West. Nurhadi is the team's local counterpart that assisted with ensuring operations run smoothly.

Each of the logistics soldiers from Hawaii said that Nurhadi has been a great asset and very helpful with delivering support for the exercise.

"I am honored to be a part of Tiger Balm and had the opportunity to work and make friends with my American counterparts," said Nurhadi, who stated this was his first time working logistics with the U.S. Army.

Sykes is the only member on the team that has previously traveled with USARPAC but said his coworkers have adapted and are true experts in their professions.

The team's main purpose was to provide the highest quality of life for the soldiers here at the least expense to the U.S. Army. They saved around $5,000 by utilizing local resources with the help of Nurhadi.

All three soldiers said the best part of their job is being able to support their fellow troops and ensure they have everything they need. They said they enjoyed the opportunity to work with other organizations and gain valuable experience from Tiger Balm, which is helpful in training and the real world.

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