• Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza, commander, U.S. Army, I Corps and Tentara Nasional Indonesia Army Maj. Gen. Bambang Hariyanto, commander, 2nd Kostrad Infantry Division, move to the parade stand at the beginning of the opening ceremony of 8th Annual Garuda Shield 14 Exercise, at the parade square of Dodiklatpur, Asum Bagus, Indonesia, Sept. 1, 2014.

    Indonesian-U.S. exercise Garuda Shield begins in East Java

    Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza, commander, U.S. Army, I Corps and Tentara Nasional Indonesia Army Maj. Gen. Bambang Hariyanto, commander, 2nd Kostrad Infantry Division, move to the parade stand at the beginning of the opening ceremony of 8th Annual Garuda...

  • Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza, commander, U.S. Army, I Corps, pins a red ribbon on the left shoulder of 2nd Lt. Antoni Manik, 2nd Kostrad Division, Tentara Nasional Indonesia Army, marking the dedicated role of the partnered militaries during the opening ceremony of 8th annual Garuda Shield 14 Exercise at Dodiklatpur, Asem Bagus, Indonesia, Sept. 1, 2014.

    Indonesian-U.S. exercise Garuda Shield begins in East Java

    Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza, commander, U.S. Army, I Corps, pins a red ribbon on the left shoulder of 2nd Lt. Antoni Manik, 2nd Kostrad Division, Tentara Nasional Indonesia Army, marking the dedicated role of the partnered militaries during the opening...

  • Maj. Gen. TNI Bambang Hariyanto, commander, Kostrad Infantry Division of the Tentara Nasional Indonesia Army speaks during the opening ceremony of 8th Annual Garuda Shield 14 Exercise at the parade square of Dodiklatpur, Asem Bagus, Indonesia, Sept. 1, 2014.

    Indonesian-U.S. exercise Garuda Shield begins in East Java

    Maj. Gen. TNI Bambang Hariyanto, commander, Kostrad Infantry Division of the Tentara Nasional Indonesia Army speaks during the opening ceremony of 8th Annual Garuda Shield 14 Exercise at the parade square of Dodiklatpur, Asem Bagus, Indonesia, Sept. 1...

ASEM BAGUS, Indonesia (Sept. 2, 2014) -- Soldiers with the Tentara Nasional Indonesia Army and U.S. Army stood side-by-side at the parade square of Dodiklatpur here, in an opening ceremony to officially mark the beginning of the 8th annual Garuda Shield exercise, yesterday.

Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, the 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Hawaii Army National Guard, and the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, will train alongside soldiers of the Tentara Nasional Indonesia Army, or TNI-AD's, 2nd Kostrad Infantry Division, for a month-long exercise to foster cooperation and understanding.

"Bilateral exercises such as this one, broaden our knowledge and understanding of each other and build stronger bonds," said Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza, commander, U.S. Army I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

During Garuda Shield, Soldiers with both militaries will conduct a series of bilateral military partnership and training events on peace support operations, to include a computer-simulated command post exercise; a jungle field training exercise; combat vehicle and aviation training, and a combined arms live-fire exercise.

"Through this activity, both armies will be able to take great benefit for unit development in doctrine, organization, tactics and in military techniques," said TNI Maj. Gen. Bambang Hariyanto, commander, 2nd Kostrad Infantry Division.

Garuda Shield is a regularly scheduled bilateral exercise sponsored by U.S. Army Pacific, and hosted annually by the TNI to promote regional security and cooperation.

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