• U.S. Army Vincent K. Brooks (left), U.S. Army Pacific commanding general, and Indonesia Gen. Moeldoko, Indonesia armed forces commander, inspects troops as part of the opening ceremony that kicked off the largest peacekeeping training event this year at the Indonesia Peace and Security Center in Sentul, Indonesia, Aug. 19, 2014. More than 800 participants representing 21 nations are participating in the Global Peace Operations Initiative Capstone Training Event Garuda Canti Dharma 2014 from Aug. 19 to Sept. 1, 2014 in Sentul, Indonesia. Garuda Canti Dharma is an Indonesian National Defense Force training event supported by the U.S. Pacific Command's GPOI Program.

    USARPAC Commanding general inspects the troops

    U.S. Army Vincent K. Brooks (left), U.S. Army Pacific commanding general, and Indonesia Gen. Moeldoko, Indonesia armed forces commander, inspects troops as part of the opening ceremony that kicked off the largest peacekeeping training event this year...

  • From left: U.S. Ambassador Robert O. Blake Jr., Indonesia armed forces commander Gen. Moeldoko and U.S. Army Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, U.S. Army Pacific commanding general, stand united after the opening ceremony that kicked off the largest peacekeeping training event this year at the Indonesia Peace and Security Center, Sentul, Indonesia, Aug. 19, 2014. More than 800 participants representing 21 nations are participating in the Global Peace Operations Initiative Capstone Training Event Garuda Canti Dharma 2014 from Aug. 19 to Sept. 1, 2014 in Sentul, Indonesia. Garuda Canti Dharma is an Indonesian National Defense Force training event supported by the U.S. Pacific Command's GPOI Program. Training events such as this contribute to regional peacekeeping training capacity and strengthen multinational cooperation. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan A. Sheldon)

    From left: U.S. Ambassador Robert O. Blake Jr...

    From left: U.S. Ambassador Robert O. Blake Jr., Indonesia armed forces commander Gen. Moeldoko and U.S. Army Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, U.S. Army Pacific commanding general, stand united after the opening ceremony that kicked off the largest peacekeeping...

  • U.S. Army Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, U.S. Army Pacific commanding general, delivers remarks during an opening ceremony that kicked off the largest peacekeeping training event this year at the Indonesia Peace and Security Center, Sentul, Indonesia, Aug. 19, 2014. More than 800 participants representing 21 nations are participating in the Global Peace Operations Initiative Capstone Training Event Garuda Canti Dharma 2014 from Aug. 19 to Sept. 1, 2014 in Sentul, Indonesia. Training events such as this contribute to regional peacekeeping training capacity and strengthen multinational cooperation. From left: Gen. Brooks, Indonesia armed forces commander Gen. Moeldoko and U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Robert O. Blake Jr.

    U.S. Army Pacific commanding general makes opening remarks

    U.S. Army Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, U.S. Army Pacific commanding general, delivers remarks during an opening ceremony that kicked off the largest peacekeeping training event this year at the Indonesia Peace and Security Center, Sentul, Indonesia, Aug...

  • U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Robert O. Blake Jr., pours water on a "miracle tree" he planted at the Indonesia Peace and Security Center in Sentul, Indonesia, Aug. 19, 2014. The tree planting was part of the opening ceremony that kicked off the Global Peace Operations Initiative Capstone Training Event Garuda Canti Dharma 2014. Garuda Canti Dharma is an Indonesia-hosted and U.S.-sponsored multinational training event designed to train Indonesian National Defense Forces and GPOI Partner Nation defense personnel for deployment to UN peacekeeping missions.

    U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia pours water on a miracle tree

    U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Robert O. Blake Jr., pours water on a "miracle tree" he planted at the Indonesia Peace and Security Center in Sentul, Indonesia, Aug. 19, 2014. The tree planting was part of the opening ceremony that kicked off the Global...

  • Distinguished leaders of Indonesia and the U.S. plant "miracle trees" as part of the official start of Global Peace Operations Initiative Capstone Training Event Garuda Canti Dharma 2014 at the Indonesia Peace and Security Center in Sentul, Indonesia, Aug. 19, 2014. Garuda Canti Dharma is an Indonesia-hosted and U.S.-sponsored multinational training event designed to train Indonesian National Defense Forces and GPOI Partner Nation defense personnel for deployment to UN peacekeeping missions. From left: U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Robert O. Blake Jr., U.S. Army Pacific commanding general Gen. Vincent K. Brooks and Indonesia armed forces commander Gen. Moeldoko.

    Distinguished leaders plant miracle trees

    Distinguished leaders of Indonesia and the U.S. plant "miracle trees" as part of the official start of Global Peace Operations Initiative Capstone Training Event Garuda Canti Dharma 2014 at the Indonesia Peace and Security Center in Sentul, Indonesia...

  • U.S. Army Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, U.S. Army Pacific commanding general, plants a "miracle tree" after the Global Peace Operations Initiative Capstone Training Event Garuda Canti Dharma 2014 opening ceremony at the Indonesia Peace and Security Center in Sentul, Indonesia, Aug. 19, 2014. Garuda Canti Dharma is an Indonesia-hosted and U.S.-sponsored multinational training event designed to train Indonesian National Defense Forces and GPOI Partner Nation defense personnel for deployment to UN peacekeeping missions.
(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan A. Sheldon)

    U.S. Army Pacific commanding general planst a miracle tree

    U.S. Army Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, U.S. Army Pacific commanding general, plants a "miracle tree" after the Global Peace Operations Initiative Capstone Training Event Garuda Canti Dharma 2014 opening ceremony at the Indonesia Peace and Security Center in...

  • Indonesian band members rehearse for the opening ceremony of the largest peacekeeping training event this year at the Indonesia Peace and Security Center in Sentul, Indonesia, Aug. 19, 2014. The Global Peace Operations Initiative Capstone Training Event Garuda Canti Dharma 2014 will take place in Sentul, Indonesia from Aug. 19 to Sept. 1, 2014. Garuda Canti Dharma is an Indonesia-hosted and U.S.-sponsored multinational training event designed to train Indonesian National Defense Forces and GPOI Partner Nation defense personnel for deployment to UN peacekeeping missions.

    Indonesian band members rehearse for the opening ceremony

    Indonesian band members rehearse for the opening ceremony of the largest peacekeeping training event this year at the Indonesia Peace and Security Center in Sentul, Indonesia, Aug. 19, 2014. The Global Peace Operations Initiative Capstone Training...

  • Indonesian band flag members rehearse for the opening ceremony of the largest peacekeeping training event this year at the Indonesia Peace and Security Center in Sentul, Indonesia, Aug. 19, 2014. The Global Peace Operations Initiative Capstone Training Event Garuda Canti Dharma 2014 will take place in Sentul, Indonesia from Aug. 19 to Sept. 1, 2014. Garuda Canti Dharma is an Indonesia-hosted and U.S.-sponsored multinational training event designed to train Indonesian National Defense Forces and GPOI Partner Nation defense personnel for deployment to UN peacekeeping missions. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan A. Sheldon)

    Indonesian band flag members rehearse for the opening ceremony

    Indonesian band flag members rehearse for the opening ceremony of the largest peacekeeping training event this year at the Indonesia Peace and Security Center in Sentul, Indonesia, Aug. 19, 2014. The Global Peace Operations Initiative Capstone Training...

  • Indonesian band members rehearse for the opening ceremony of the largest peacekeeping training event this year at the Indonesia Peace and Security Center in Sentul, Indonesia, Aug. 19, 2014. The Global Peace Operations Initiative Capstone Training Event Garuda Canti Dharma 2014 will take place in Sentul, Indonesia from Aug. 19 to Sept. 1, 2014. Garuda Canti Dharma is an Indonesia-hosted and U.S.-sponsored multinational training event designed to train Indonesian National Defense Forces and GPOI Partner Nation defense personnel for deployment to UN peacekeeping missions. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan A. Sheldon)

    Indonesian band members rehearse for opening ceremony

    Indonesian band members rehearse for the opening ceremony of the largest peacekeeping training event this year at the Indonesia Peace and Security Center in Sentul, Indonesia, Aug. 19, 2014. The Global Peace Operations Initiative Capstone Training...

SENTUL, Indonesia - More than 800 participants representing 21 nations were united as the opening ceremony kicked off this year's largest peacekeeping training event Aug. 19, 2014 at the Indonesia Peace and Security Center in Sentul, Indonesia.

The Global Peace Operations Initiative Capstone Training Event Garuda Canti Dharma 2014 is a training event that contributes to regional peacekeeping training capacity and strengthens multinational cooperation.

"The Garuda Canti Dharma Capstone is the largest international peacekeeping training event this year anywhere in the world, and the training you will receive here will prepare you for the multitude of challenges you will encounter as peacekeepers on mission,"? said U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Robert O. Blake Jr.

Garuda Canti Dharma, meaning Indonesia Serving for Peace, is an Indonesia-hosted and U.S.-sponsored multinational training event designed to train Indonesian National Defense Forces and GPOI Partner Nation defense personnel for deployment to United Nations peacekeeping missions.

The goals and objectives of the training event are to increase participants interoperability and peacekeeping skills prior to deployment to UN missions.

"This joint exercise will increase the interoperability between these nations and is designed to certify soldiers for future UN peacekeeping missions around the world,"? said Indonesia armed forces commander Gen. Dr. Moeldoko.

Moeldoko said this exercise came at a good time, and is expected to serve as an excellent forum for developing the troops skills and knowledge.

To develop their skills and knowledge, the training event is comprised of three main events: senior staff training, staff officer training event and field training events.

"The three key parts include a senior-level set of exercises and events where we discuss the circumstances of peacekeeping and the considerations for the commitment of forces in peacekeeping,"? said U.S. Army Pacific commanding general Gen. Vincent K. Brooks.

Brooks said the other focus is on the staff officer event training for the officers who will organize the work of the peacekeeping forces being committed, and the third are field-training events that put various platoons through a set of exercises designed to help the participants apply the lessons they will learn during the training.

"We will also have closer relationships with each one of these different flags [nations] you saw on the field today, and the real measure of success comes when they are committed abroad,"? Brooks said.

The 21 participating nations include: Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Tanzania, Vietnam, Ukraine, U.S. and U.N. Headquarters.

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